NHS staff

Join the NHS team

Did you know that the NHS is one of the largest employers in the world? And, with 1.5 million staff, it is the biggest in Europe.

The NHS offers a huge range of exciting and challenging opportunities for people who are passionate about making a difference. With more than 350 different careers on offer, there is a job for you.

The NHS employs clinical and non-clinical staff.  Clinical staff include doctors, nurses, paramedics, midwives and pharmacists. Examples of non-clinical include electricians, administration, porters, accountants and caterers.

Take a look at these profiles to get a feel for just some of the roles that make the NHS what it is.

You can enter the NHS whatever your background, previous work experience and qualifications. And once you are in the NHS, we’ll work with you to develop your career, and fulfil your potential.

There are lots of ways to get into an NHS role, whether it’s joining direct from school, as an apprentice or after higher education. Or you can make the move from another sector.

There are a wide range of employers in the NHS, from hospitals and ambulance services through to GP practices and opticians. There are also a number of organisations that support and monitor NHS services, for instance NHS England and NHS Improvement.

You might also want to work in social care. Social care provides a whole range of services to support adults and older people. If you work in social care, you could help people in their own homes, in residential homes or in a number of other places such as day centres or supported housing.

Alternatively, you might consider a role in public health. Public health is about helping people to stay healthy and protecting them from threats to their health.

Everyone who joins the NHS is guaranteed a salary that matches their ability and responsibilities, and given every opportunity to increase it through training and development.

On top of your basic salary, you will receive at least 27 days’ holiday each year, plus a range of other benefits including occupational health and counselling services.

Other benefits of working in the NHS include automatic membership of the NHS Pension Scheme (unless you choose to opt out) and study leave for sponsored courses.

Learn about careers in the NHS, as well as social care and public health.

The NHS Jobs website includes information about current vacancies. You can also register to receive regular email updates about jobs you might be interested in.

The NHS also offers a range of roles for volunteers.