About the NHS

The NHS was launched in 1948 with a view to providing the residents of the UK with a good healthcare service regardless of their financial circumstances.

With the exception of some charges for prescriptions and optical and dental services the NHS remains free for anyone who is a UK resident.

The NHS currently employs more than 1.6 million people, which makes it in the top five of the world's largest workforces along with the US Department of Defence, McDonalds, Walmart and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.

With over 350 different career options within the NHS, there is almost something to suit everybody. You could work directly with patients, out in the community, in an ambulance trust or in hospitals, this could be in a clinical or non-clinical role.

You can enter the NHS whatever your background, previous work experience and qualifications and there is plenty of potential for progression once you are in, which will allow you to develop and fulfill your potential.

Follow the various career pathway links to find out what steps you need to take to start your NHS career!

Did You Know?
In Essex, East Suffolk and West Suffolk there are 177 dental practices, 81 pharmacies and 104 GP practices.

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NNUH Skills Academy
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27th September 2019
Norwich, Norfolk
The broad programme offers 1 day per month work experience for aspiring nurses, made up of half day teaching and half day placement in clinical setting. Aimed at Year 12 students.
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Free Emergency Services introduction course for 16-25 year olds - Wymondham
Spend 5 days at Wymondham Fire Station. Take part in hose running, Police engagement and a road traffic collision exercise. You will also gain a First Aid at Work qualification. Enjoy a fun week Improving your Teamwork, Communication Skills and Confidence
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Career Pathways
Making decisions about your future can be daunting. With so many options and so much information, the process of choosing your next move can be more than a little confusing. Perhaps you’d like to study a vocational course at college. Maybe you’d like to find...
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NHS Jobs online
Perform a job search, find jobs that match your skills, and apply for NHS jobs online.
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Apprenticeships at Norfolk Community Health and Care Trust
A variety of departments at Norfolk Community Health and Care offer Apprenticeships including: Rehabilitation Units, Child Development, Human Resources, IT, with many different Apprenticeship frameworks including: Clinical Healthcare Support, Business Administ...
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