THE NHS today begins a new drive to help school leavers explore the vast range of health careers on offer.
As A-Level, T-Level and BTEC results are announced, students are being encouraged to consider one of the more than 350 roles in the NHS.
School leavers are being urged to search NHS Health Careers today so they can browse the routes and roles available to them.
Using a range of social media campaigns, support and advice from existing staff and students, the NHS will highlight the opportunities available.
From today until 17 October, places are also available through UCAS Clearing, presenting an opportunity for school leavers rethinking their next steps.
A total of 16,740 people have already accepted places on nursing and midwifery courses.
Healthcare students finish university as some of the country’s most employable graduates.
The first-ever NHS Long Term Workforce Plan, published in June, set out how record numbers of doctors, nurses and other healthcare staff will be trained over the next 15 years.
The plan, a once in a generation opportunity to put staffing on a sustainable footing and improve patient care, offers new entry routes into the NHS including through apprenticeships.
Professor Sir Stephen Powis, National Medical Director 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 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, a Training and Education Officer for the NHS 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.”
Those who choose to study nursing, midwifery or one of the allied health professions could also be eligible for the NHS Learning Support Fund, which guarantees a grant of £5,000 a year plus further payments for those specialising in certain jobs.
This means that everyone, regardless of background, can find a career path which promises huge personal satisfaction and the chance to improve the lives of others significantly. Healthcare support workers and maternity support workers are among those in demand.”