School leavers encouraged to consider careers in the NHS

The NHS has started a new campaign to encourage careers in the health service.

In exam results season, students are being urged to consider the more than 350 roles available in the NHS.

School leavers can search NHS Health Careers online and browse the routes and roles that are available.

The opportunities available will be highlighted on social media, with support and advice available from existing staff and students.

Places are available though UCAS clearing until 17 October and 16,740  people have already accepted places on nursing and midwifery courses.

A healthcare degree produces some of the country's most employable graduates.

Professor Sir Stephen Powis, national medical director of NHS England said: “Joining the NHS was one of the best decisions I ever made and it is hugely encouraging to see an increasing number take a similar path, with an increase in students undertaking a medicine or dentistry degree this year compared to before the pandemic.

“While as part of the NHS’ Long-Term Workforce Plan we are ensuring the NHS can draw on the widest pool of talent available, with more training places offered through degree apprenticeships so staff can earn while they learn alongside the potential introduction of medical internships.

“So, if you are a school leaver and unsure of your next step, please consider joining the NHS and search NHS Health Careers today.”

Duncan Burton, deputy chief nursing officer for England said: “I am delighted that thousands of people will be starting their career in the NHS with a nursing or midwifery degree.

“Working in the NHS is one of the most important, versatile and rewarding jobs you could have – I have never regretted choosing nursing.

“So, if you’ve got your exam results today and are considering your options, please consider one of the various routes to become a nurse, midwife or one of the many other NHS roles on offer.”

Dr Navina Evans, chief workforce, training and education officer for NHS England, said: “To everyone receiving their results today, I really hope the outcome is what you were looking for. But if you’re still considering your options, please remember there are many avenues to explore in the NHS.

“As well as opportunities through clearing, there are a host of apprenticeships that could be your first step to an NHS career.

“The NHS is an exciting place to work - no two days are the same.  I am passionate about the quality of the support and training we offer, meaning that everyone has the space to succeed and thrive.

“The new NHS Long Term Workforce Plan only increases our commitment to high-quality, flexible training and to stable, progressive career development.”