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Five reasons why staying in the NHS could be your best career option

So, you’ve been in your Non-Medical/Non-Clinical NHS job for a while now, however, you’re looking to move on to pastures new and your job search is finally underway. You’ve created your CV and have been searching for vacancies in the usual places, occasionally firing your CV and covering letter off and applying for positions you feel suit your skills, experience and ambition.

You have no luck and nobody gets back to you. You keep trying but after a short while you become anxious about work outside the NHS: Are you skilled enough? Are you really suited to the private sector? Will the work be rewarding enough for you?

It’s a situation we’ve all been in. The self-doubt and the hours spent refreshing our inboxes and waiting for the phone to ring – it’s only natural. But have you considered staying put? In fact, you might not know it yet, but sticking with the NHS could be your best option. Here’s why:


1. There are hundreds of roles available

Depending on your experience, there are many different paths you could take. From administrative to clerical work, catering and finance, you can stay in the NHS in a Non-Medical/Non-Clinical role, and remain somewhere you’re comfortable while still receiving the same benefits you enjoy at the moment.

The best thing about this is that you’ve already got the NHS experience (a bonus to recruiters); this will ensure you stand out against other candidates.


2. It’s a rewarding place to work and you don’t want to lose that


If you stay you don’t have to lose the rewards you get for looking after the health and wellbeing of the NHS’s patients. It’s certainly a worry for lots of NHS workers who’re looking for a new job, but by looking at the options available within the health service you’re able to keep giving back.


3. There are plenty of part-time roles available


There are lots of part-time and term-time-only jobs available, as well as evening and weekend positions that might be suited to your requirements. This is great if you’ve got childcare commitments, are studying for a qualification or have other responsibilities – we should all be able to fit work around our lives and the NHS offers the chance to do that.



4. Training is available for everyone


The NHS is committed to giving its employees learning and development opportunities, no matter what level they enter at.

There are annual personal reviews and development plans to support career progression through the Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF), with focuses on:

  • Communication
  • Personal and people development
  • Health, safety and security
  • Service improvement
  • Quality
  • Equality and diversity


5. The NHS Pension Scheme is extremely generous


Every NHS employee automatically becomes a member of the NHS Pension Scheme and gets a superb package of pension benefits, all protected against inflation and guaranteed by the government.


Fulfil your potential within the NHS

We have hundreds of Non-Medical/Non-Clinical NHS jobs advertised on our website at any one time – find the role that suits you or register now to receive job alerts straight to your inbox.

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