"People tend to think of doctors, nurses and midwives when they think about the NHS and who works in it. That crucial group of staff are obviously invaluable and at Health Education England we're proud to support the training of large numbers of them every year.

"But did you know there are around 350 careers to choose from in the NHS? To run efficiently, the health system needs everyone from doctors, nurses, midwives, physiotherapists, paramedics, health trainer and healthcare scientists, to invaluable roles behind the scenes such as accountants, IT managers, librarians and gardeners.

 

 

"For many of the roles, you don't need a degree or formal qualifications. There are opportunities available for assistant posts, apprenticeships, degree level and beyond. Apprenticeships aren't just for school leavers either, so don't discount looking for one if you left school or college a while ago.

"Values are important – there's a set of NHS values that all health staff need to adhere to –there really are opportunities for everyone. In fact, what we always say is, whatever your skills, it's likely the NHS needs them!

"We are particularly keen to recruit for what we call the allied health professions. Podiatrists, orthoptists, prosthetists, orthotists and therapeutic radiographers are all going to be invaluable when it comes to looking after our ageing population, so have a look at the Health Careers website to see if you might be interested.

"And of course, the NHS needs to be at the forefront of new technologies, particularly in the growing field of genomics. Could a career in healthcare science suit you?"

 

Learn more:

Find out more about careers in health or social care at: www.healthcareers.nhs.uk and www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Care-careers/Think-Care-Careers/Home-Page