All about health careers

We are 1.3 million strong. We are all walks of life, all kinds of experiences. We are the NHS.

Whatever your skills, qualifications or interests, there is a career for you in the NHS. You could work directly with patients, in hospitals, an ambulance trust, or in the community. And once you are part of the NHS team we'll work with you to develop your career, and fulfil your potential.

We provide services to patients and the local community in Northamptonshire. As well as the roles you may know of such as doctors and nurses, we have lots of other roles in the NHS too. For example; laboratory, digital, psychiatry, biomedical science, estates, trade professionals and so much more.

If you’re still in education, thinking about changing your career or already working in health, this page will give you the information you need. On this page, you'll also find real-life stories and films of those already working in a health role. 

To help guide your choices, we’ve shared links to helpful resources and information. If you haven't already, have a look at our getting experience page and our events page - you can book onto these events to guide your choices and provide you with information of careers you may be interested in.

You may have an idea about a profession, but are unclear about the journey you need to take to get there. There are many different routes and choices for you to take, and the links on this page show some examples of pathways to get to your chosen profession in the NHS.

Visit the Health Careers explore roles section to find out information about the range of roles available. If you are not sure which ones will suit you, you can compare the roles here or take a look at different roles and what skills are needed for each: Identifying transferable skills.

Not sure on your career? Take the quiz! 

We know it can be difficlult to know what career you would like to take, let alone choosing the next step that is right for you. Take the quiz to find out some possible career paths in the health sector that my be suited to you. 

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  • Business and management pathways
  • Catering, hospitality and hygiene pathways
  • Finance, accountancy and procurement pathways
  • Health, care and childrens pathways
  • Human resources pathways

Nursing careers

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Nursing careers

Nursing is exciting, rewarding and challenging. But it’s a career that lets you make a real difference to people's lives. 

Find out more information about nursing careers here.

Information on nursing careers

Become a nurse diagram.pdf [pdf] 232KB

Routes into the NHS.pdf [pdf] 273KB

Routes to nursing associates.pdf [pdf] 257KB

Read Michelle's story here

Michelle had always dreamed of being a nurse. She started an adult nursing degree at university but had to give it up for financial reasons.

Now, through an innovative apprenticeship scheme, Michelle is finally fulfilling her career ambitions. Michelle is a Trainee Nursing Associate at Kettering General Hospital (KGH) through a new apprentice scheme run by Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership (NHCP); a group of leading health and care providers in the county, committed to offering apprenticeships and growing their talent pipeline.

Michelle had been working as a healthcare assistant at Kettering General Hospital when she read about the apprenticeship on the hospital’s social media platform and decided to apply.  Michelle explains:

“I wanted to develop my job role and an apprenticeship seemed like an ideal way to further my career in healthcare without having to give up work. I’ve always wanted to train to be a nurse. I had started an adult nursing degree at University several years ago but struggled financially without an income while studying full time and ended up leaving the course because of that.”

At KGH Michelle is training on an acute medical ward caring for a variety of patients with multiple different illnesses and conditions. Her position bridges the gap between healthcare assistants and nurses and her main task is to shadow the nurses on the ward to learn how to manage the patients’ various conditions, monitor patients’ vital signs, understand when their condition might deteriorate and eventually to learn to manage medication.  For one week every month Michelle is released from the ward and spends the week studying with her peers on the adult nursing course at Northampton University. Michelle says:

“Through the apprenticeship, I’m now in a role where I’m earning while I am learning, which is amazing. This is a great way for people who, like me felt their career had stalled, to progress.  I find the time away from the ward really valuable for reflecting on what I’ve learnt and what I’ve done over the last three weeks. There are around 25 of us in my cohort from three different Trusts and it’s great to get together each month and hear about each other’s experiences.  Working full time while studying for a degree has its challenges, but I have a really wide support network around me. There’s always someone to turn to if I have a question or concern. I have mentors on the ward where I spend most of my time, as well as mentors when I’m on placement. I also have a really supportive course leader based at Kettering General if I have any concerns and a Personal Academic Tutor at University.”

Taking on an apprenticeship has given Michelle many new key skills and experiences and she would recommend the scheme to others keen to develop their careers in healthcare. Michelle concludes:

“I’m really enjoying watching myself grow in the profession and learn new skills. I have a year left of my apprenticeship course but I won’t stop there, there are opportunities to develop my skills further after I’ve completed this apprenticeship so I can continue to progress my career through the health service.”

Allied health professionals careers

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Allied health professionals careers 

Allied health professionals (AHPs) play an important part in helping patients live life as fully as possible. Similar to nursing, there are different careers for AHPs which include being part of a team in emergency response and diagnosis to mental and physical rehabilitation. 

Find out more about allied health professionals here

Healthcare support worker careers

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Healthcare support workers

Healthcare support workers are at the very heart of patient care, supporting patients and making a real, lasting difference to their wellbeing. With over 30 roles to choose from and world-class on-the-job training, it’s more than just a job, it’s a lifelong career. 

Find out more about healthcare support workers here. 

Useful websites and links

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Useful websites and links

Health Careers

Here you will find lots of information on working in the NHS and health, including real life stories and taking a career quiz.

NHS Jobs - Search Jobs

Start your NHS career today by searching for roles available. 

Opportunities for your Allied Health Professional Career

Check out all the roles available within the allied health profession. 

Dr You | NHS Talent Academy

This website gives you all the information you need on becoming a doctor. 

NHS Professionals | The largest NHS staff bank in the UK

NHS professionals are the largest NHS flexible staff bank, find out more on this link. 

Find an apprenticeship - GOV.UK (

Start your apprenticeship journey here!

Accelerated programmes 

Accelerated or shortened pre-registration courses are available in some clinical roles such as nursing and the allied health professions.

Health and Care Video Library

Have a look at lots of videos on different healthcare roles.

Let's talk apprenticeships: Casey's story

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Let's talk apprenticeships: Casey's story 

Casey is 20 years old and is currently completing a Children and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMMS) apprenticeship at NHFT. For Casey, it is a role that she has always been interested in, and the opportunity arose when she began looking at NHFT’s website in search of the roles that they could offer her. It was the perfect way to fulfil her ambition. The total length of the apprenticeship is two years and Casey has just submitted her final piece of work last week and is now waiting for her end point assessment.

Casey Brown is an apprentice at NHFT
During her Apprenticeship, Casey had a study day off every two weeks with her tutor who is based at Newland House – all of the other Apprentices on the course meet there to continue their studies, it enables them to have access to their tutors and receive any help that is required.

Casey really enjoys the work environment, and in particular, when a patient arrives who is not feeling well, she loves working with them up to the point of them being discharged and seeing the fantastic improvement realising that she has made a massive difference to someone’s life.

The support Casey has received from the people around her is great, they have always shown interest in what she is trying to achieve, and commented she had ‘a brilliant mentor on her ward’. In addition, guidance was always on offer with nurses providing support and help whenever required.Casey’s believes that an apprenticeship course is best suited for someone who prefers more hands-on experience rather than class room-based work. As a result of her course, Casey was able to come across a range of healthcare experts. Furthermore, Casey felt that the apprenticeship course was of huge benefit and the assignments were easy to deal with due to the real-life experiences that she could relate to.

In addition, Casey has found that she finds it easier to communicate with other people as a result of the course, meaning that she feels less nervous and far more confident. This is mainly due to the fact that she is working alongside nurses who engage with patients and their families, consequently helping Casey to deal with any challenges that may arise.

Casey has been nominated for an award by her manager on the ward and her mentor! The nomination was a complete surprise to Casey and it made her really proud of her achievements. What does the future look like for Casey? She would like to study Occupational Therapy sometime in the future, once again by doing an apprenticeship.

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