Healthcare

Advice

Whether you’re interested in the NHS graduate management training scheme or want to explore your options for a career in medicine, nursing, midwifery or an allied healthcare profession such as occupational therapy, our advice will help you find your way to the job you want. Healthcare offers a huge variety of specialisms, both within the NHS and with private employers, and there are training routes available for graduates who studied other subjects at university. You’ll find an overview of your career options and the different roles you could take on here, as well as guidance to the professional organisations you need to register with to pursue some occupations.

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Job descriptions

  • Health visitor: job description

    Health visitors are registered nurses who visit, support and educate families with children, from pregnancy to the age of five, promoting good health and preventing illness.

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  • Child psychotherapist: job description

    Child psychotherapists use language and play to observe, assess, help and treat children and young people who are experiencing behavioural, emotional, social and psychological difficulties.

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  • Music therapist: job description

    Music therapists use music within a therapeutic environment to help individuals of all ages who are experiencing physical, psychological, emotional or mental problems.

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  • Dental hygienist: job description

    Dental hygienists help to prevent dental decay by cleaning patients' teeth and providing them with education about how to care effectively for their teeth and gums, and the affects of diet on oral health.

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  • Physiotherapist: job description

    Physiotherapists use a variety of physical techniques and therapies in the treatment and rehabilitation of patients who are suffering from illnesses and/or injuries.

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  • Herbalist: job description

    Herbalists treat a variety of physical conditions, illnesses and allergies through the holistic use of plants in conjunction with medical knowledge.

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  • Children's nurse: job description

    Children's nurses plan and provide holistic nursing care to children suffering from a wide variety of illnesses.

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  • Nurse: job description

    Nurses plan and provide medical and nursing care to patients in hospital, at home or in other settings who are suffering from chronic or acute physical or mental ill health.

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  • Dentist: job description

    Dentists are medical healthcare professionals who focus specifically on the oral and dental hygiene of their patients.

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  • Adult nurse: job description

    Adult nurses plan and provide nursing care to adults suffering from a wide variety of medical conditions and illnesses, supporting their treatment, recovery and well-being.

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  • Learning disability nurse: job description

    Learning disability nurses provide care and support to adults and children with learning difficulties to help them live as independently as possible.

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  • Chiropractor: job description

    Chiropractors use a variety of physical techniques and therapies to treat and rehabilitate patients who are suffering from disorders and/or injuries of the back or musculoskeletal system.

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  • Nutritional therapist: job description

    Nutritional therapists advise about and treat a wide range of medical conditions by assessing patients' requirements for food, vitamins and minerals while taking general health, well-being and lifestyle into consideration to provide holistic treatments.

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  • Dietitian: job description

    Dietitians promote good dietary health and treat medical conditions by devising eating plans for patients based on the science of nutrition.

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  • Aromatherapist: job description

    Aromatherapists treat a variety of physical conditions, illnesses and psychological disorders with essential aromatic oils that are extracted or distilled from flowers, trees, spices, fruits or herbs.

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  • Retail pharmacist: job description

    Retail pharmacists provide general healthcare advice and supply prescription and non-prescription medication to the public. A retail pharmacist works in a retail setting rather than in a hospital or GP surgery.

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  • Nutritionist: job description

    Nutritionists help to advance an understanding of how diet affects the health and well being of people and animals.

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  • Doctor (general practitioner, GP): job description

    General practitioners provide confidential patient consultations and initial medical care within a community-based setting.

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  • Art therapist: job description

    Art therapists use art to help patients surpass psychological difficulties and allow them to express emotions and feelings.

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  • Speech and language therapist: job description

    Speech and language therapists diagnose, advise about and treat speech and language problems to help people communicate effectively.

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  • Occupational therapist: job description

    Occupational therapists help adults and children of all ages to overcome physical and mental problems that are the result of disability, injury or illness.

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  • Doctor (hospital): job description

    Hospital doctors diagnose and treat medical conditions, disorders, and diseases through the application of specialist medical skills and knowledge.

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  • Practice nurse: job description

    Practice nurses work within the community where they plan and provide nursing care, treatment and health education to patients of all ages.

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  • Medical physicist: job description

    Medical physicists use analytical and applied scientific techniques to assist healthcare workers in the safe diagnosis and treatment of patients.

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  • Sports therapist: job description

    Sports therapists use a variety of physical techniques and therapies in the rehabilitation and treatment of athletes who are suffering from injuries or illnesses.

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  • Orthoptist: job description

    Orthoptists diagnose and treat the vision problems and eye abnormalities of patients of all ages, checking for evidence and symptoms of disease, injury or visual defects.

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  • Dramatherapist: job description

    Dramatherapists perform controlled sessions where theatre and drama-based activities are used to observe and explore the behaviour, attitudes and emotions of individuals experiencing physical, psychological, emotional or mental health problems.

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  • Psychologist (clinical): job descriptions

    Clinical psychologists work to reduce psychological distress in people with mental or physical health problems.

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  • Psychologist (educational): job description

    Educational psychologists work with, observe and assess the behavioural, social, emotional and educational problems and needs of children and young people below the age of 19 years.

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  • Mental health nurse: job description

    Mental health nurses are responsible for planning and providing support and medical and nursing care to people in hospital, at home or in other settings who are suffering from mental illness.

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  • Counsellor: job description

    Counsellors work in confidential settings with individuals who are experiencing personal difficulties, to help them overcome their problems and to make appropriate changes to their life.

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  • Paediatric nurse: job description

    Paediatric nurses assess, plan and provide nursing care for children who are suffering from a wide variety of conditions including diseases, illnesses and cancer or who are recovering from surgery.

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  • Health promotion specialist: job description

    Health promotion specialists may work in the community, promoting good health, or in strategic work, developing health policies.

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  • Health service manager: job description

    Health service managers are responsible for the strategic, financial and day-to-day management of general practitioner, local authority and hospital health services.

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  • Psychotherapist: job description

    Psychotherapists help and treat individuals who are experiencing emotional and psychological difficulties to understand their problems and make appropriate changes to their lives.

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  • Midwife: job description

    Midwives deliver babies and provide antenatal and postnatal advice, care and support to women, their babies, their partners and families.

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  • Dance movement therapist: job description

    Dance movement therapists use movement and dance within a therapeutic environment to help individuals of all ages who are experiencing physical, psychological, emotional or mental problems.

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  • Paramedic: job description

    Paramedics provide patients that have been involved in accidents, emergencies or other crises with specialist care and treatment.

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