The following websites provide a wealth of information about a huge variety of healthcare and healthcare-related careers. Use the descriptions, career profiles, videos and many other resources to help you understand the different roles and their own particular rewards and challenges. Don’t forget to use your reflective diary (323kb PDF) to make the most of the resources.
The NHS Healthcare Careers website providing information comprehensive information about working in the NHS.
Guidance on healthcare careers from the graduate careers website. The website also contains guidance on applying to university.
Comprehensive information about all healthcare careers from the government’s careers service.
Working in the National Health Services
It is important to have an understanding about the way the NHS works, the values it requires of its staff and the challenges it faces. You will need to do some research and reflection to develop your understanding and to identify the skills and values you have already and those you need to develop.
This section of the Health Careers website provides a variety of resources to help you understand working in the NHS.
This section of the Health Careers website provides information about the values of the NHS constitution and how they apply to everyday work in the NHS. Use the e-tool to test whether you share the NHS values.
The Kings Fund is an independent charitable organisation working to improve health and care in England. This website will help you keep up-to-date with developments and news about healthcare.
What is happening now in science and healthcare?
Listening to podcasts and reading news articles can be a really good way to find out more about developments in science and healthcare. They can also help you develop your own ideas and opinions, as long as you take time to reflect on what you are listening to or reading. Why not talk to your friends or family about what you have learnt? This is a great way to prepare for university interviews.
BBC Sounds Podcasts on the following topics are a good place to start but have a search around the internet and you will find podcasts which are of particular interest to you. Don’t forget to use the reflective diary (323kb PDF) to make a record of what you have listened to.
Newspapers and websites
Keeping up with the news and reading opinion pieces in newspapers can help you understand the developments in healthcare, what it is like working in the NHS and with reflection can help you develop your own ideas. Here are a few suggestions but have a search around the internet for websites and blogs which particularly interest you.