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What Qualifications do you need to have for a NMNC job with the NHS?

The NHS employs more than 1.7 million people, around half of which fulfil the Non-Medical/ Non-Clinical roles central to the operation.

The Non-Medical/ Non-Clinical side of the NHS incorporates a number of roles from administration, to food preparation, to estate managers. Unlike their medical and clinical counterparts, positions in these sectors are much more accessible as they offer a number of entry level roles.

These junior positions enable people from all levels of education and experience to develop a career in the NHS. Obviously some of the more senior Non-Medical/ Non-Clinical roles may require official qualifications, but for many, transferrable skills are more significant than qualifications.

You and Your Transferable Skills

If you want to work in the Non-Medical/ Non-Clinical area of the NHS then you’ll need to have a reassuring, sympathetic manner and be calm because often situations can become stressful when dealing with the public. In order to progress within such a large organisation as the NHS, you should have a desire to learn and enjoy working as part of a team.

In a lot of NMNC roles you won’t need formal qualifications as the training will be provided either on the job or before you begin with the NHS. Similarly, previous experience within the health sector or even voluntary work will demonstrate your qualification for the role.

For the more administrative or technical NMNC positions, competency with language and numerical skills will be expected of you. Obviously a level of computer knowledge and experience with the telephone will be beneficial in this position, which can be supported by a technical qualification.

The Letter Qualifications

Many NMNC health care positions do require thorough knowledge of medical terminology which is available through courses, in-house training and even on the job. Although formal qualifications are not essential, A-levels or other academic achievements in science or business will aid your progression through a NMNC career. For the more physical roles in the grounds or as a carpenter you may need a NVQ or similar certification.

With good GCSEs or relevant work experience, you could enter the NHS and with some study while working, attain a HNC/HND or BTEC which will enable you to progress further in your chosen career. For example, you could begin as a clerk and then become a secretary or develop into a more managerial role.

Alternatively, you may already have existing certification in cookery or the hygiene services which means you’re more qualified for the domestic roles within the NHS where there is room to progress further.

The ‘Big’ Ones

Although official qualifications are not essential for the majority of roles, in healthcare administrator or information technician positions, for example, a degree is necessary. As these roles are incredibly specific and technical, the level of medical knowledge required necessitates undergraduate and even postgraduate study in areas such as healthcare information management.

Alternatively, for those who wish to progress at a fast rate, there are a number of graduate management schemes which are available in NHS operations around the country. Moreover, colleges provide a number of courses which give you the qualifications needed for higher level NMNC roles.

Fundamentally, your personality, willingness to work within a team and previous experience are valued much more highly than formal qualifications in the majority of Non-Medical/ Non-Clinical roles.

To see how we can find the perfect role to suit your personality, get in touch today

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