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NHS in Cheshire and Warrington

Whether you’ve always wanted to work in the health sector or have never thought about it before, the huge range of careers in the NHS will amaze you! There are clinical and non-clinical careers available. You could work on the front line on a ward or never see a patient and still make a difference to people’s lives.  From the person who manages the finances, to the medical staff on the wards, or the maintenance workers keeping the buildings safe and operational, and to the clerk who books in an operation, everyone working in the NHS contributes to these vital services.

This page has been designed to walk you through the various steps when considering studying for a career within the NHS and the routes available to you.  You will be able to establish what role most suits your skills, experience, and ethics, navigate around the 350 roles available in the NHS and understand the application process and how to make a good impression.

 

The Cheshire & Warrington Pledge invited young people in the local area to attend this NHS Industry Insight Day on Tuesday 27th April. 

NOW AVAILABLE ON DEMAND BELOW.

The insight day gave an overview of the NHS, what study is required and how to get a role with the organisation including the application process. Guest speakers included a Nurse, a Physiotherapist, a General Practitioner – Doctor, Health Care Assistant, Mental health support worker, a Paramedic, a Pathologist, a Healthcare science representative, a Porter, a Domestic Operative, an administrator, a Security Officer and IT Support.

If you watched the NHS Insight Day LIVE or On Demand, Please take a couple of minutes to complete our survey for the NHS Industry Insight Day.

 

Vacancies

If you are interested in joining the NHS, all vacancies will be advertised on their dedicated website ….

NHS Jobs – Candidate Homepage

Good Luck!

 

Useful links

Health Careers

Values of the NHS Constitution | Health Careers

 

YAAN

“The Apprentice Ambassador Network (YAAN) is a National network of like-minded apprentices (both past and present) who share a passion for promoting apprenticeship opportunities to young people. These individuals all have first-hand experience of the incredible opportunities provided by apprenticeship and aim to inspire the next generation of the benefits available to them if they choose to pursue this route. Alongside promoting apprenticeships, this network are also immensely tight-knit with social events, development workshops and group chats being some of the additional benefits of becoming a YAAN.

Do you want to find out more about becoming an ambassador? Head over to https://amazingapprenticeships.com/yaan/dashboard to find out more.”

 

Health Education England (HEE) exists for one reason only: to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement to the patients and public of England by ensuring that the workforce of today and tomorrow has the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours, at the right time and in the right place. We are committed to engage young people, parents, carers, guardians, mentors and adult learners regardless of social background or disadvantage, in the pursuit of a career in healthcare. This work is critical to the development of a strong workforce that can continue to deliver and improve care for future generations.

The Cheshire & Warrington Pledge has joined with HEE to deliver a series of Webinars to ensure that every young person has the information needed to make informed choices about future careers.

Please see the information and links contained in the flyer shown here: Creating Careers Season 2

The Health & Care sector is the largest employer of staff in the UK.

1.3 million work directly for the NHS, 251 NHS Trusts, 10 Ambulance Trusts, 7,454 GP practices

There is a need for almost all professions within the NHS, why not take the quiz below to see which profession you are more suited to.

The 350 careers within the NHS are split into 15 different categories, take a look at the resources and videos below and explore the roles in each section…

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The NHS values

Whether you’ve always wanted to work in health or have never thought about it before, the huge range of careers in the NHS will amaze you! There are clinical and non-clinical careers available. You could work on the front line on a ward or never see a patient and still make a difference to people’s lives.  From the person who manages the finances to the clerk who books in an operation, everyone working in the NHS contributes to vital services.

So what are the values? There are six values that all staff – everyone from porters, physiotherapists, nurses, paramedics and gardeners to secretaries, consultants, healthcare scientists and phlebotomists – are expected to demonstrate:

working together for patients. Patients come first in everything we do

respect and dignity. We value every person – whether patient, their families or carers, or staff – as an individual, respect their aspirations and commitments in life, and seek to understand their priorities, needs, abilities and limits

commitment to quality of care. We earn the trust placed in us by insisting on quality and striving to get the basics of quality of care – safety, effectiveness and patient experience right every time

compassion. We ensure that compassion is central to the care we provide and respond with humanity and kindness to each person’s pain, distress, anxiety or need

improving lives. We strive to improve health and wellbeing and people’s experiences of the NHS

everyone counts. We maximise our resources for the benefit of the whole community, and make sure nobody is excluded, discriminated against or left behind.

 

Take the test below to see if you have the values needed to work within the NHS ….

Values for healthcare test

Routes to Apply

If you believe you have the right values and work ethic to start studying for a career within the NHS, then a number of options are available to you, the following may help to steer you in the right direction ….

Choosing A-levels, T-levels and other post-GCSE options | Health Careers

Apprenticeships
NHS apprenticeships | NHS Health Careers
Step Into The NHS :: Apprenticeships

T Levels

T Levels are two-year technical programmes designed with employers, to give young people the skills that industries need. The ‘T’ stands for technical and from 2020, T Levels will give 16 to 19 -year olds a technical alternative to A levels. One T Level is equivalent to 3 A levels.

A T Level programme is expected to take students around 1,800 hours over two years to complete, including the industry placement.

There is a full range of T Level courses available which will support the NHS including: health, healthcare science, science, business services, childcare, digital, facilities management and HR.

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical education has developed a number of Occupational maps for T Level programmes which show the skills, behaviours and core competencies required for industry roles. However, T Level students do not achieve full occupational competency through their industry placement in the same way that they would if they completed an apprenticeship. The industry placement is designed to provide a taster of the variety of roles available within a subject area.

Towards the end of their first year, students must select a specialism to follow, which enables them to focus their learning toward an occupation, such as physiotherapy or mental health nursing. The occupational maps outline career pathways for progression after completion of T Level programme to help with this decision.

Choosing A-levels, T-levels and other post-GCSE options | Health Careers

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Considering or at university | Health Careers

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The Application Process

The application and interview process for a role within the NHS may be different from what you’ve experienced in the past.  Its really important to highlight all of your skills, even if not work experience, but any sporting, childcare or youth group involvement – its all great experience that needs to be included in your application and personal statement.

 

Application forms

Make sure you:

follow the instructions carefully

provide all the information the questions ask for

give specific examples of things you have done, particularly if you are asked to show how you meet the selection criteria; your application is likely to be scored according to how closely you meet the selection criteria.

take the opportunity to show your understanding of the NHS values or the values of the organisation you are applying to and how you would apply them in your everyday work

work within any white space available for each section and don’t miss any sections out

make a practice copy first that you’re happy with before you complete the actual application form, either on line or hard copy

Finally, most forms give you the opportunity to say something about yourself and why you’re applying so use this wisely. The thinking you’ve done in terms of your career planning so far can help you complete this section.

 

Interviews

An interview is your chance to give a good account of yourself!

Preparation is key and you will increase your chances if you:

check out in advance where the interview will be held, work out how to get there and arrive with plenty of time to spare. Remember that hospitals and universities can be large and busy places: you need to know exactly where you need to be for your interview

remember the interview panel is on your side. You have been invited to the interview because they liked your application form and want to know more about you

listen carefully to the questions they ask, and answer them as clearly as you can

be prepared to demonstrate your understanding of the NHS values or values of the employing organisation and how you would apply them in your everyday work

don’t rush. Think about your answers. If there’s something in the question you don’t understand, ask for clarification

think in advance about any questions you might have for the panel and take the opportunity to ask them at the end

 

Useful Links

The application process NHS

Applications and interviews

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Writing your application form

UCAS personal statement tool

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