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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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  • 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 in GP surgeries where they plan and provide nursing care, treatment and health education to patients of all ages.

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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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  • Nutritionist: job description

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

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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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  • Sports therapist: job description

    Sports therapists use their knowledge and skills to treat sporting injuries, advise on injury prevention and support rehabilitation, using a range of physical techniques and therapies.

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  • Occupational therapist: job description

    Occupational therapists help people overcome physical and mental problems that are the result of disability, injury, ageing or illness.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 lives.

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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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  • Paramedic: job description

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

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  • Health service manager: job description

    Health service managers are responsible for the strategic, financial and day-to-day management of hospital and community health services and general practitioner (GP) practices.

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  • Psychotherapist: job description

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

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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 who have a range of mental health issues.

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  • Dance movement psychotherapist: job description

    Dance movement psychotherapists 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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  • 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 effects of diet on oral health.

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  • Physiotherapist: job description

    Physiotherapists use a variety of techniques and therapies in the treatment and rehabilitation of patients who are affected by physical problems caused by illness, disability, injury or ageing.

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  • Health visitor: job description

    Health visitors are nurses or midwives with an additional specialist public health qualification who work with families with children aged under five to promote good health and prevent 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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  • 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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  • Dentist: job description

    Dentists are medical healthcare professionals who work with patients to treat dental and oral disease and injuries and to prevent dental health problems.

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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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  • 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 affected by a wide variety of illnesses and medical conditions.

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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 emotional or mental problems, or who have learning or physical disabilities or physical illnesses.

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  • Dietitian: job description

    Dietitians promote good dietary health and treat nutritional problems by providing practical advice about food choices, based on scientific research.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 cope with emotional and mental health problems and allow them to express emotions and feelings.

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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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  • 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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