FAQs for teachers and careers advisers

This page has some frequently asked questions that teachers and careers advisers often ask us.

Does Health Careers provide any resources - such as careers literature, for schools and careers organisations?

Although Health Careers does not produce careers literature specifically for schools and careers organisations, we do have a suite of literature, which is appropriate for all ages. These include:

All of the above publications can be downloaded from our resources section. Watch our short animation about the suite of careers literature.

Schools, colleges, universities and other organisations in England can order stocks of our literature by calling us on 0345 60 60 655.

Quantities are limited to a maximum of 150 of each booklet.

We also have a range of resources to help teachers and careers advisers engage with the people they provide careers advice to. These include:.

Are apprenticeships available in the health sector?

Yes, apprenticeships are available in a range of patient-facing and non patient-facing roles. Examples include healthcare support, healthcare assistant, healthcare science assistant, healthcare science associate, pharmacy technician, business administration, health records and ICT support. Apprenticeships are being developed at intermediate, advanced, higher and degree level.

Some clinical roles have traditionally been entered only via an approved full-time degree or postgraduate course. This may change as there are pilots planned for degree level apprenticeships in nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and biomedical science.  

Someone recently mentioned that they’d heard about an apprenticeship in nursing. Do these exist?

Nursing degree apprenticeships are under development in 2016/17 and the plan is for up to 1,000 nursing degree apprenticeships to be available from September 2017. Nursing degree apprenticeships will need to meet the standards laid down by the Nursing and Midwifery Council

Read the nursing degree apprenticeship factsheet on the Gov.uk website

Further information will be added to this website in due course.

A couple of my students said that they’d heard about an apprenticeship in midwifery. Do these exist?

You cannot train to be a midwife by solely taking an apprenticeship as anyone wanting to practice as a midwife will need to complete a pre-registration midwifery degree programme approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

There are some apprenticeships in healthcare which could enable the apprentice to achieve appropriate qualifications for entry onto a midwifery degree programme, but any potential applicant should check with universities before embarking on the apprenticeship programme.

Find out more about apprenticeships and traineeships

Apprenticeship vacancies in the NHS can be found on the NHS Jobs website and the Gov.uk website.

Where can I find job vacancies in the health sector?

Key sources relevant to vacancies in the health sector include:

As well as these sources, suitable vacancies in the health sector can sometime sbe found by contacting local employers directly, searching in local newspapers and by using the Universal Jobmatch tool.

What is available on the Health Careers website?

Our explore roles section provides details of around 300 plus careers in the health sector, including information on the roles, training, pay, entry requirements, case studies and further sources of information.

You can compare up to 3 roles, side by side, using our compare roles feature

There is a course finder tool to identify universities that are approved to run clinical courses leading to statutory registration (eg nursing, medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dental hygiene etc).

Take a look at our resources section and there is a dedicated area for teachers and careers advisers and information about our annual schools' competition.

We list a number of events related to careers in health and have a news section

Can someone from the NHS come into my school/college and give a careers talk to my students? Can someone represent the NHS at my forthcoming careers event?

Unfortunately, Health Careers is not resourced to attend events at individual schools or colleges.

Currently over 1,000 separate organisations provide NHS services in England and each is an employer in its own right. These organisations include acute (hospital) trusts, ambulance service trusts, mental health trusts, social enterprises, private healthcare providers and charities.

How can my students get work experience in the NHS?

Giving students and others the chance to experience work within healthcare can present challenges for some NHS organisations. Quality of care and patient confidentiality are paramount, so careful consideration has to be given to where work experience students can go, when they can come and what they can do.

If you are responsible for organising work experience in schools or colleges, you may find our work experience toolkit helpful.

Additionally, there are a few things to be aware of:

For students interested in work experience within NHS Wales please visit the NHS Wales website

Volunteering is an excellent way of gaining experience, and seeing whether they are suited to a particular type of work. It’s also a great way to boost their confidence and they can give something back to the community.

How can I help my students who are taking/planning to take a degree and want to work in the NHS afterwards?

In terms of information on particular careers, our explore roles section has lots of information.

Anyone applying for a role or training position either directly in the NHS or in an organisation that provides NHS services will be asked to show how they think the NHS values apply in their everyday work. The same will be true if they are applying for a university course with placements in the NHS. The NHS values form a key part of the NHS Constitution.

Find out more about the NHS Constitution

What financial support is available to students?

The NHS has traditionally provided financial support to eligible students taking approved courses in a number of health professions, but it is important to note that this is changing from September 2017 for new students. Please see our page on financial support at university

Find out more about the changes 

Where can I find more information about careers in the health sector?

You can find more information about careers in the health sector by visiting our explore roles section.

We also have lots of FAQs about careers in the health sector.

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