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Links, documents and information to help learners plan their career

There are a host of web sites and directories available for you to find out more about the job roles available in the NHS as well as tools and resources to support you in talking to the learners you support about the options available to them, the benefits and how to achieve their goals. Here are a few we think might interest you as an education and training professional.

If you have resources that you think it would be worth us listing here then we'd love to hear about them, visit our contact section to find out how you can get in touch with us.



Benefits of working in the NHS Video

This short video by Step Into the NHS is a great introduction to some of the benefits of working for the NHS and works well in presentations or lessons where NHS careers are being discussed.

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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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Ice Breaker Ideas

This is a link to some ideas for 'ice breaker' activities on the Health Careers website. Ice breakers are really beneficial to energise, motivate and encourage young people to work together; they often work well at the start of presentations. Some of the ideas given are suitable for sitting, whilst others are table-top activities and there are also some more energetic ones for moving around.

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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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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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Social Care: A rewarding career

This interactive PDF will help you explore the different roles you can do in adult social care, and the values, skills and qualifications you need. It shows how other people have progressed in their career, and explains how you can work your way up in a sector with lots of opportunities.

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Think Care Careers

This interactive website tells you everything you need to know about working in adult social care. It has a section for education and careers professionals which includes links to useful information and printed resources. You can also request an I Care…Ambassador to come and do a careers talk or activity.

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Using NHS Jobs Website short guide

This guide contains a few useful tips to help support you when searching for vacancies on the NHS Job site, enabling you to use this site to the best of your advantage. Step by step guide to enable you to register on the site and create an account, as well as an overview of the functions available on this site to support you when searching for current vacancies

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Workforce Infographic

This infographic produced by NHS Employers gives some great introductory statistics to the current makeup of the NHS workforce. It's a useful introduction to the composition NHS staffing and how things have changed over recent years. This could help you prepare for a presentation or talk with learners about opportunities to work for us.

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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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