There are over 350 different careers available within the NHS, which range from healthcare management to nursing jobs, IT, or emergency services jobs. Jobs are offered by trusts and local health authorities and positions are advertised through the NHS website and at Jobcentres nationwide. Job descriptions and responsibilities vary depending on the position offered, but all candidates must undergo pre-employment checks which may include CRB, reference, qualification, and professional membership checks.
NHS Jobs Education Requirements
Qualifications vary from job to job, but all practitioners are required to have completed a relevant degree and specialisation in their chosen field, in addition to being registered with a regulatory body. Support roles require good A-level or GCSE education and/or relevant work experience. Apprenticeships, traineeships, and cadet schemes are another entry route into the NHS. A background in social work, life sciences, counselling, or customer service may be useful.
NHS Jobs Skills
In addition to job-specific skills, candidates must demonstrate that their personal qualities and values are in line with the institution's mission and vision. Some of the most valued skills include excellent interpersonal skills, a commitment to delivering personalised and non-discriminatory service that puts patients first, and a genuine interest in professional development.
NHS Jobs Salaries
Salaries for NHS jobs are classified into 9 bands and 54 points. Starting salaries average £15,100 and salaries for the highest positions can reach as high as £98,453. In addition, NHS staff who work in central London receive a salary supplement that ranges between £4,117 and £6,342. Other salary supplements are available for jobs in outer London (15% of the basic salary) and in fringe zones like the Home Counties and the Thames Valley (5%). Other benefits include the automatic inclusion in the NHS pension scheme, paid training, and a generous holiday entitlement (27 days a year increasing to 33 days for senior employees).