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Is there a career for you with the National Health Service?

The NHS is the 5th largest employer in the world with over 1.2 million staff. It is estimated that there are over 350 different job roles in the NHS and the service needs to support of a diverse range of staff with lots of different skills and abilities to keep it running.

While there are many clinical or frontline roles which involve delivering care to patients and families there are also a large number of staff who work in other types of jobs such as scientists, accountants and media specialists. All our staff are committed to delivering the best possible outcomes for our patients so if that is something you think could motivate you then the NHS may be the perfect career option.

If you'd prefer to discuss things directly with one of our team then head over to our contact section. and find out how to get in touch.


Find a role

There are hundreds of roles in the NHS and there are a lots of options for you based on your skills, experience and what type of thing makes you tick. The first step is looking what different types of jobs are available and what you might be interested in.

There are lots of ways to do this and we have some great links in our resources section, below are a few pointers to get you started:

Step in to the NHS

Step into the NHS is an interactive website which gives a great introduction to the NHS and the careers available in the industry. On the home page you'll find a 'Map you career' activity which is a good starting point to find what might be right for you.

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Hub Role Profiles

The Careers Hub have been interviewing staff from our partners throughout Greater Manchester to find out about their roles, have a look through some of the profiles and maybe you'll be inspired.

Careers Events

Careers events happen regularly throughout the region, these are a great way to meet staff from various industries and find out about your options. They are mostly free to enter although if you are at school you may need to talk to your teachers about whether you can go.

Health Careers Website

The Health Careers website has a huge directory of information related to the different jobs and careers available in healthcare. This is a key resource to find out about roles and work out what your next steps might be.

Plan your path

While the resources can be really helpful in finding out about your options, once you've found a job you like you'll need to research what you need to do to get one. Think about the training that's involved and whether you need any experience before applying for a role or course.

Train

What do you need?

If you've got an idea of a role or career then you need to find out what you need to do in order to make a successful application. Many roles involve training or securing qualifications although some don't.

The Health Careers Website has sections for each job role explaining what types of qualifications or training are required. You might also want to search for the job you are looking for on the NHS Jobs Website and see what types of things are required in some of the jobs currently being advertised.

Do your own research?

Make sure you do your own research, don't just go off something you've heard from a friend or someone that you know who works in the NHS, these are big decisions and it's important to look at a range of information before committing to one path.

Find a course

If you know you need a specific qualification then you'll need to find a training provider where you can complete it. Health Careers have a great course finder tool which you can use to find out where you might want to apply. Once you've found a provider you'll need to look into the entry criteria for the course. It's always worth contacting the provider if you have specific questions such as whether you would qualify or what financing options might be available.

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Apprenticeships

There are more apprenticeships being advertised in the NHS every day and this could be a perfect way for you to gain qualification and experience while you get paid. We have an introductory section on apprenticeships where you can find out about the benefits, how to apply and employers in Greater Manchester.

Volunteering

Whether you're applying for jobs, apprenticeships or education and training; volunteering can make a big difference to the strength of our applications and some form of experience is often required. Find out more about volunteering in this section of our website.

Finding a Job

Think you're ready for a job now? Well it's time to start looking at what jobs are being advertised and maybe making a few applications.

Look on NHS Jobs

NHS Jobs is the place to look for current vacancies in the NHS. Every NHS organisation within England and Wales advertises their job opportunities with NHS Jobs. In addition a number of organisations outside the NHS have chosen to advertise their health related vacancies on NHS Jobs too and it has some neat features:

Visit the NHS Jobs Site

Applying for a job in the NHS is a little different to a lot of other applications, it can be useful to know a little about how the system works. If you are new to using the NHS Jobs site then this handy guide might be useful to explain a little about how the site works.

Find out about using NHS Jobs

Searching Tools

NHS Jobs gives you lots of tools to search for jobs based on a number of factors, you can look for roles near where you live, within a certain salary range, in a specific employer and a variety of other ways. Remember that if you don't find the exact job you are after to try a few different ways to look for it.

Save and Repeat Applications

As you find vacancies you can add them to you job basket as well as saving applications while you are making them to come back to later. Once you've completed an application the web site will keep hold of the information and automatically use it to fill in the next one you make; but don't forget to adjust each application based on the employer and specific role you are applying for.

Email Notifications

Another key feature of NHS Jobs is the ability to save a search that you've completed and set up email notifications so that you know as soon as a new vacancy is advertised that you might be interested in. This guide gives a description of how to set up notifications.

Making an application

Applying for jobs in the NHS is different to a lot of other employers; you don't drop off your CV at the front desk and there are some specific things you might want to think about when making an application:

Read the job description

The job description describes what the role is and what the key responsibilities will be as well as working conditions such as pay rate and normal hours. It may also contain information about the department and where it sits in the organisation and key initiatives or projects the department is involved in which can be useful background for your application or interview.

Read the personal specification

The personal specification sets out what the essential and desirable criteria are for the vacancy; this is crucial information as it will help you work out whether you are likely to be offered an interview and what you need to say on your application.

Tell them why you are right for the job

When applying for a job you want to convince the employer whey you are right for the job and how you meet the personal specification. Make sure when you completed the 'Supporting Information' section that you describe skills and experience that you have which are relevant to the job being advertised.

Find out about them

It's important to find out about the employer you are applying for before making an application and even more so before an interview. Find out about what services they provide, what their Trust Values are and what key projects or initiatives are. You may find ways to mention how you can support these projects or examples of how you have these values both in your application or at the interview.

Get feedback

If you don't get offered an interview after submitting an application or aren't offered a job after an interview it's a good idea to ask for feedback from the person or people who have made the decision. Knowing why you weren't successful can help you to make changes to future applications, get more relevant experience or even decide on a different career path.