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Career progression options for NHS Non-Medical Jobs

Across the country, the UK population depends on the essential services that the NHS provides every day. The NHS employs over 1.7 million people, many of whom stay in the organisation for a number of years. This commitment stems from the rewarding nature of a career in the NHS and the dedication the system has to training and developing its employees.

Although people are more familiar with the opportunities for career progression through the medical and clinical part of the NHS, in all Non-Medical Non-Clinical roles employees are encouraged to achieve formal qualifications, undergo training and study in order to reach the next level of their chosen field.

The Non-Medical Non-Clinical sector employs approximately 49% of all NHS employees so is not short on careers. For those who are motivated and technically minded, you may choose to go into a clinical support role where voluntary or work experience and a proficiency in literacy and numeracy will provide your entry into the position. With on the job training you can obtain a vocational qualification or a degree to become an assistant practitioner, a healthcare professional and even further up the career.

In the domestic and catering services you can enter with no formal qualifications at an assistant level and with on the job experience move up to a managerial or supervisory role within a few years. For security officer, porter or sterile services, a number of trusts encourage employees to achieve a vocational qualification level 2 or 3 in order to reach a more senior or managerial position.

As a gardener or grounds staff you can work towards a formal qualification such as a BTEC, HNC/HND to reach a more senior level. With a degree of a vocational qualification level 4 or a postgraduate qualification you could reach the level of a senior estate manager.

The professional, corporate side of the Non-Medical Non-Clinical area offers a number of junior roles in HR, library services, or finance where you can undertake training to progress to a higher level or alternatively, chose a graduate management training scheme. With existing formal qualifications in architecture or accounting, for example, from the senior level at which you enter there is the opportunity to reach high-level, departmental managerial positions within the NHS.

Administration is one of the better known areas of the NMNC sector and like the other fields, provides the support and training to help you grow within the NHS. If you start as a clerk, you could become a medical secretary or transfer into the marketing or PR department with some training and a vocational qualification to ultimately reach a managerial position.

Within such a large organisation as the NHS there is almost infinite room for growth, with opportunities across the country. Obviously existing qualifications, skills and interests will affect your entry route into the NHS, but whether you’re looking to be a manager or a departmental supervisor, every field within the NMNC part of the NHS offers the support to help you achieve this.

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