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Here’s 10 careers to consider if you’re aspiring to work in the NHS or healthcare sector.
Nursing is a fundamental and highly valued profession in healthcare. Registered nurses play a crucial role in providing patient care, administering medications, and coordinating treatment plans. They can work in various settings such as hospitals, clinics, and community health centres, and have opportunities for specialisation in areas like paediatrics, mental health, or critical care.
General Practitioner (GP)
General practitioners, commonly known as GPs, are primary care physicians who provide comprehensive healthcare services to patients. They diagnose and treat various medical conditions, refer patients to specialists when needed and offer preventive care. Becoming a GP requires extensive medical training, including completion of medical school and postgraduate training.
Surgeons specialise in performing surgical procedures to treat injuries, diseases, and abnormalities. They work in different surgical specialties, such as orthopaedics, neurosurgery or cardiothoracic surgery. Becoming a surgeon involves years of medical education and residency training, but it offers the opportunity to save lives and improve patients’ quality of life.
Physician assistants (PAs) work alongside physicians, providing diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive healthcare services. They perform physical exams, order and interpret diagnostic tests, and assist in surgeries. PAs play a critical role in healthcare teams and can work in a wide range of medical specialties.
Paramedics are emergency medical professionals who provide immediate medical care in critical situations. They respond to emergency calls, administer medication, perform life-saving procedures, and transport patients to medical facilities. A career as a paramedic requires specialised training and certification and offers the opportunity to make a significant impact during emergencies.
Clinical psychologists work in the field of mental health, diagnosing and treating individuals with psychological disorders. They conduct assessments, provide therapy and develop treatment plans tailored to each patient’s needs. Working as a clinical psychologist requires advanced education in psychology and specialised training in clinical practice.
Radiographers are skilled healthcare professionals who operate imaging equipment, such as X-ray machines or MRI scanners. They work closely with radiologists and physicians to capture high-quality images for diagnosing and monitoring medical conditions. A career as a radiographer involves a combination of technical expertise and patient care.
Healthcare administrators play a vital role in managing the business side of healthcare organisations. They oversee operations, coordinate services, and ensure compliance with regulations. A career in healthcare administration requires strong leadership skills, business acumen and knowledge of healthcare policies and regulations.
Occupational therapists help patients develop or regain skills necessary for daily living and working. They assess individuals’ needs, design treatment plans, and provide therapy to improve their physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being. Occupational therapists work in various settings, including hospitals, rehabilitation centres and schools.
Biomedical scientists work in laboratories, conducting research and analysing samples to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. They play a vital role in disease detection, studying blood, tissues and other specimens to provide valuable insights for patient care. A career as a biomedical scientist requires a strong background in biology and laboratory techniques.