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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.

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Barbara's Story

This fantastic video produced by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust gives a powerful insight into the experience of a patient who is suffering from dementia and going for a hospital visit. This video is a great way to introduce learners to the concept of patient perspective and experience as well as to challenge them to think about the values required from good health & social care professionals.

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Barbara's Story (short version)

This fantastic video produced by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust gives a powerful insight into the experience of a patient who is suffering from dementia and going for a hospital visit. This video is a great way to introduce learners to the concept of patient perspective and experience as well as to challenge them to think about the values required from good health & social care professionals.

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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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Bridge GM

Bridge GM is an engagement website and toolkit for Greater Manchester’s employers, education professionals and training providers. Alongside supporting GM’s business community to work more closely with our schools and colleges and vice versa, the site contains useful local labor market information and support on how to bring this into curriculum time. Bridge GM also hosts best practice case studies, regular news articles and a large resource directory of reputable organisations that support schools to develop their CEIAG and employer engagement offer.

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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. These are great tools to take along to careers events and showcase the variety of jobs available in the NHS.

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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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Empathy: The Human Connection to Patient Care

This video from the Cleveland Clinic in the United States gives a great introduction to the different feelings and perspectives of patients and staff in a healthcare setting. This is a useful video to get learners thinking about the complexity of interactions in healthcare settings and the need to think about what others might be going through.

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Fortune Teller

A great little resource that encourages interaction between a group whilst also carrying out a practical activity, helping you to promote NHS job roles as well as the Step into the NHS website. The paper fortune teller predicts your future health career and is part of a campaign toolkit to promote the Step into the NHS website to young people

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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

The team at Health Careers have produced a whole host of videos showcasing a wide variety of roles in the NHS. These are great for breaking up presentations and helping learners to identify with the roles available.

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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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Heath Careers - Patient Journey

Developed by Health Education England in the North East, ‘A patient journey’ is a toolkit that can be used across the curriculum at key stages three and four. By exploring the range of NHS roles that help patients in their care, the easy-to-use toolkit provides teachers with everything they need to deliver informative lessons with confidence. Accompanying the resources are 18 films, each exploring a different role in health.

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I Care…Ambassadors

I Care…Ambassadors are people who work in adult social care, who deliver careers activities to inspire people to work in the sector. They can deliver talks, presentations, activities or attend a careers fair. The great thing about ambassadors is that they've been there and done the job themselves.

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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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M.D.T. Role Play Scenario

This activity aims to give learners insight into the concept of Multi-disciplinary Teams which are a key feature in how modern healthcare is delivered. Learners take each take on a different role and are challenged to come up with a safe discharge plan for a fictional patient. The downloadable PDF below provides the paper resources for groups of 5 learners to use and the presentation on the further information link helps to introduce and present the activity. Get in touch with the Careers Hub team to discuss how to run the activity.

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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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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 Programmes

This site produced by the College of Occupational Therapists provides links to find out more information on programme types and placements. Occupational Therapy pre-registration degree programmes are delivered across the UK at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, with programmes combining both practical and academic study. All programmes will leave learners eligible to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and they will get you to that point through a variety of methods and experiences

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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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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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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 - short videos

There are a number of short videos available, approximately 1-2 minutes long connected to job roles within the NHS, covering diversity, caring, apprenticeships and much more. Great to use during a presentation to break up the power point and keep the audience engaged.

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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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The Society of Radiographers

The Society of Radiographers is the professional body for radiographers and all non-medical members of the workforce in diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy in the UK. It is responsible for their professional, educational, public and workplace interests. This website includes information on career progression, events taking place and resources and information in relation to radiography practice today.

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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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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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Who am I? - Match Card Activity

This simple activity works well in a classroom setting. Learners are given a picture of an NHS staff member and have to match them to their job title and duties. The activity takes about half an hour and can be done on its own or as part of a longer presentation or workshop. All the information and materials are included in the PDF which you can download below.

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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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