Where could I work?
The list is endless but includes: acute and community hospitals; nursing homes; GP Practices; community nursing (including community public health); armed services; prison; clinical academic careers (for example at a university); and research. Our CareersCentral team can provide advice on working outside of the UK.
What does a typical (12.5hour) day look like on an acute medical ward?
It will start with a handover of patient’s needs and treatment plans, followed by assisting patients with their personal care, carrying out various skills, and engaging effectively with patients, relatives and members of the Interprofessional team. You will administer medication, admit and discharge patients, and undertake a range of skilled tasks. Days in other settings, such as GP practices, and community teams will be very different, tailored to the provision of nursing care in people’s homes and in community healthcare locations.
What would my starting salary be?
Most NHS jobs are covered by the Agenda for Change pay scales and you would start at Band 5. Pay and conditions vary by employer and competitive rates are offered throughout the private and voluntary sectors. With further experience, skills and qualifications, you could apply for senior Band 9 posts.
What hours would I be working?
NHS services operate a standard 37.5 hour working week which may be a selection of days, evenings, weekends, early, late and night shifts and bank holidays. Flexible working hours will depend upon the post you hold – some services operate shift hours across a 24-hour period while others offer clinic hours.
To explore this career in more depth visit : NHS Health Careers