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Links, documents and information to help you plan your career

Below is a list of the resources, documents and links to websites and organisations which can help you find out about roles in the NHS and plan your career path.

If you need more specific advice or information or can't find what you were looking for then visit our contact section to find out how you can get in touch with us and hopefully we can look into it for you. Remember to check out our getting started guide if you're new to the site.



A Question of Care

If you’re thinking about working in social care, this online quiz will help you assess whether you have the right skills and values to work in care. It’s based on real life scenarios about different roles.

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Careers Hub Role Profiles

The Careers Hub team have worked closely with our partners to create lots of profiles of current members of NHS staff. The profiles will tell you about the role they perform, what they get paid and what their career journey has been so far. You can also download the profiles to print and some contain links to video interviews.

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Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Find lots of information relating to the physiotherapy profession, including degree program's, an insight into the flexible employment opportunities and also further links to find out more about becoming a physiotherapist or support worker and other health career options.

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Course Finder

Many jobs in the NHS require specific qualifications before you can apply. This handy tool developed by Health Careers lets you search for courses and training providers and could help when starting your career journey.

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Getting Started Guide

This page will give you a brief introduction to jobs in the NHS, how to find opportunities and how to start planning for your career. This is a great place to start if you've never considered a job in the NHS before. You'll find guidance on how to explore your options for education and training as well as links to sites where you can look at current vacancies and apply for jobs.

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Greater Manchester NHS Apprenticeship Guide

This guide will give an introduction to apprenticeships in the NHS and how to apply for them. It also introduces a number of our partner organisations who host apprentices across the region, what they have to offer in terms of apprenticeship roles and what support is provided fro new apprentices. This is great way to find out about the opportunities in Greater Manchester with a variety of organisations.

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Greater Manchester NHS Job Vacancies

One of the most important parts of your career journey is applying for a job. In the vacancies section you'll find a selection of current vacancies which our partners are currently recruiting for. This isn't the full list of what's available but it will give you a flavor of some of the opportunities in Greater Manchester.

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Health and Care Professions Council

Health and Care Professions Council is a regulator that keeps a register of health and care professionals that meet the standards that are set out for their profession. This resource lists the sixteen professions that come under the Health Care Professionals Council. Under each profession, you will find basic information of the role including a link to the relevant professional body, to enable you to gain further information

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Health Careers Video Library

These short videos give an insight into lots of different people and the job they do working in the NHS. This is a great way to find out about many of the roles that you could pursue in your career.

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Health Careers Website

The Health Careers Website provides a great resource for anyone thinking about a career in healthcare. They have descriptions of 100s of different types of jobs in the NHS as well as information on how to train or progress into those roles. This is great place to find out about the options available and what is required. As well as role descriptions the site has career planning sections and personal stories and accounts from NHS staff. For those who want to find out about what they could do in the future or learn more about what they need to achieve their goals this a fantastic starting point.

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National School of Healthcare Science

A really informative website to gain information on careers in healthcare science and the routes into them. The website includes details of forthcoming events and training programmes available as well as useful links and frequently asked questions.

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NHS Jobs

If you are looking for a job right now then NHS Jobs is the best place to look. NHS Jobs is a dedicated online recruitment service for 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. Around 25,000 posts are advertised on this website every month. If you're looking to begin or develop your career in the NHS, this site should be your first port of call.

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NHS Jobs email notifications (application guide)

Are you finding vacancies too late to apply? This short guide will show you how to set up email notifications on the NHS Jobs site. You can set the criteria of common job searches you make and the site will keep you informed of new vacancies as soon as they are listed.

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NHS Values for healthcare e-tool

Try the NHS ‘Values for healthcare’ challenge e-tool which has been developed for anyone who is thinking of applying for a support role [Bands 1-4] in the NHS in order that they can assess how well their values match the 6 NHS Constitution Values. The e-tool which also aims to raise awareness of Bands 1-4 roles can be accessed by a computer, tablet and mobile. Any one of the 4 support worker job roles featured in the Values for healthcare challenge can be chosen even if it doesn’t match the type of job role you are aiming for or thinking about. Find out whether you have what it takes to work in the NHS by going to http://nhsvaluestool.e-lfh.org.uk . On completion, you will receive your results and feedback by email which you can then download. It is up to you whether you share your results with anyone. The link to ‘Values for healthcare’ is also available on NHS Jobs.

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NotGoingToUni Website

If you are thinking about not going to university – congratulations! You have just proved that you can think differently. From apprenticeships to debt-free education, there are literally thousands of other opportunities out there. The Not Going to Uni team are here to help you find apprenticeships, college courses or work experience to start building your future.

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Occupational Therapy (OT) Resources

This is a great set of resources from the College of Occupational Therapists. Find a downloadable OT careers Handbook containing a full listing of OT university programmes in the UK, as well as a FAQ guide and a link to an OT students section to find out about their experiences whilst studying at a range of different universities. There is also a YouTube link that follows a day in the life of Bethan, an OT student at Brunel University.

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Occupational Therapy as a Career

The College of Occupational Therapists' website has lots of information and resources to help you find out more about being an OT. There are a variety of short videos to watch, a handy careers book to download and case studies from actual OT students giving you a really good insight into the role. There's also a useful FAQ guide with tips on how to apply for courses in occupational therapy.

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Podiatry Careers

Podiatry is a brilliant career if you love science, biology, chemistry or medicine! This is a great resource to find out what podiatry is all about. Lots of informative information on how to qualify as a podiatrist and careers within the profession, a well as some great blogs posts to read!

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Radiography Careers

Informative website if you are considering radiography as a career. The website has lots of information including different types of radiography, the qualifications needed, case studies of healthcare professionals and an interactive quiz that includes different images within radiography.

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Speech and Language Therapy Career Information

This is a set of resources provided by the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Find lots of Information for prospective students, including important information about what speech and language therapists do, how to become a Speech and Language Therapist and recognised speech and language therapy courses in the UK.

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Step into the NHS Quiz

This short quiz will ask learners about some of the types of things they might want to do in the future and what kind of job role they might be interested in. After completing the quiz the site will give a number of suggested NHS roles with links to further information about them. It's a great place to start when looking for a career in the NHS.

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Think Care Careers

This interactive website tells you everything you need to know about working in adult social care. It includes links to the different job roles you could do, how can you find a job and how to develop your career. It also has lots of case studies so you can see how other people started and progressed in their career.

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Video Role Profiles

The Careers Hub have worked in partnership with local schools and our partner organisations to create video interviews of NHS staff from around Greater Manchester. The link below will take you to a list of the profiles we have that have videos attached to them, most of which were produced by local school students.

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Writing good supporting information (application guide)

This short guide gives tips on how to complete the 'supporting information' section of an application for a job in the NHS. This section of the form is one of the most important when applying for a job and this guide will give you some insight into how to plan and structure your statement to sell yourself to employers.

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