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Ambulance care assistant/Patient transport service (PTS) driver

Ambulance care assistant will drive disabled, elderly and vulnerable people to and from outpatient clinics, daycare centers and routine hospital admissions.


Huge advances in the science and techniques of anesthesia have been instrumental in enabling some of the long and complex surgical procedures which are now commonplace.

Anatomical pathology

Healthcare science staff working in anatomical pathology work in mortuaries.

Arts therapists

Arts therapists use art, music or drama to help people with a range of difficulties.

Assistant technical officer

Assistant technical officers work in healthcare science in a variety of roles to treat and diagnose diseases.


Healthcare science staff specializing in audiology identify and assess hearing and balance function and their associated disorders.

Biomedical science

Biomedical scientists carry out a range of laboratory and scientific tests to support the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Cardiac sciences

This page outlines the healthcare science area of cardiac sciences, including information on entry requirements and training programmers.


This page describes the role of cardiographers, including information on entry requirements, training and career prospects.

Cardiovascular medicine

Cardiovascular medicine (formerly known as cardiology) is a clinically based specialty, which encompasses the diagnosis, assessment and management of patients with cardiovascular disease.

Chef, cook and assistant

This page introduces the roles of chef, head chef, assistant chef and catering assistant.


This page describes the role of chaplains in the NHS.

Children's nursing

Introduction to child nursing.

Clinical engineer

A clinical engineer or bio-engineer designs equipment for monitoring, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation or research.

Clinical immunology

This page introduces the field of clinical immunology, and includes information on entry requirements and training.

Communications and corporate affairs

This page introduces communications and corporate affairs.


This page describes the work of counselors and what qualifications may be needed for such a role

Critical care science

This page describes the work of healthcare science staff working in critical care science.


A description of the role of a chiropodist/podiatrist.

Clinical informatics

Clinical informaticians manage patient data and clinical knowledge that supports clinicians and other professionals..

Obstetrics and gynecology

Obstetrics and gynecology comprises the care of the pregnant woman, her unborn child and the management of diseases specific to women.

Occupational therapist

Occupational therapy is the assessment and treatment of physical and psychiatric conditions using specific activity to prevent disability and promote independent function in all aspects of daily life.


Ophthalmology is the medical and surgical management of conditions of the eye and its adnexa.

Ophthalmic and vision science

This page describes the role of an optometrist, including information on training and entry requirements.


This page describes the branch of dentistry known as orthodontics.

Orthopedic technician

This page describes the work of orthopedic technicians


This page introduces the role of the orthoptist.

Occupational therapy support worker

This page describes the role of the occupational therapy assistant, and then describes the entry requirements.

Operating department practice

Operating department staff provide high standards of patient care and skilled support alongside medical and nursing colleagues before, during and after an operation.


Paediatrics offers a career in a stimulating, challenging and rewarding area of medicine.


This page describes the role of painters and decorators

Dental hygienist

While dentists concentrate on treating tooth and gum conditions, the dental hygienist (sometimes also known as an oral health practitioner) has a vital role in helping to prevent problems from arising.

Dental nurse

A dental nurse supports the dentist in all aspects of patient care, this includes getting the appropriate instruments ready, mixing materials and ensuring patient comfort.

Dental technician/dental technologist

Dental technicians (or dental technologists as they are often referred to) make the dentures, crowns, bridges and dental braces that improve patients appearance, speech and their ability to chew.

Dental therapist

Dental therapists (sometimes also known as oral health practitioners) are the rarest members of the dental team, with approximately 380 on the General Dental Council Roll in 2002.


Dietetics is the interpretation and communication of nutrition science to enable people to make informed and practical choices about food and lifestyle in health and disease.


Find out more about a career diagnosing, caring for and treating illnesses, infections, diseases and the well-being of people.

Donor career

This page describes the role of donor careers, gives entry requirements, training and pay information, and gives the contact details of the National Blood Service.

Drama therapist

Drama therapy makes use of role play, voice work, myth, ritual and storytelling.

Emergency medical dispatcher/call handler

An emergency medical dispatcher is a key member of the ambulance service trust's control team.

Emergency medicine

Emergency medicine is an exciting and expanding specialty.

Estates and facilities management

This page introduces estates and facilities management

Financial management

This page describes financial management, including a number of examples of roles and jobs, and the usual entry requirements.

Gardeners and grounds staff

This page describes the role of gardeners and grounds staff in the NHS.

Gastrointestinal physiology

This page describes the role of healthcare science staff working in gastrointestinal physiology, including information on entry requirements and training.

General management

This page introduces general management and focuses on how people go into this area from various different backgrounds.

General practice

General practitioners (GPs) work in primary care and are part of a clinical commissioning group (CCG) which have responsibility for purchasing healthcare from secondary healthcare providers, such as acute/hospital and community/mental health trusts and the independent and voluntary sector.

Health promotion specialist

This page describes the role of health promotion staff, how to get into this career and the skills required.

Health records staff

This page describes the work of health/medical records staff and describes a number of specific job roles.

Health visiting

Information about what health visitors do

High intensity therapist

This page describes the role and work of the high intensity therapist.

Hospital play staff

This page describes the role of hospital play staff in the NHS, including information on entry requirements and training.


This page describes the work of housekeepers.

Human resources (HR) management

This page introduces human resources management, providing description of many job roles, and the usual entry requirements for working in this area.

Healthcare assistant

Here you will find information on the role of the healthcare assistant, training, development, and possible secondment opportunities.

Health records and patient administrators

Health informatics opportunities in health records and patient administration

Information and communication technology (ICT) staff

ICT staff are responsible for the development, management and support of the ICT infrastructure at an NHS organization, including the internal and external electronic communication networks, including:  wide area networks (WANs) and local area networks (LANs) that link the operational systems within healthcare organizations  the hardware e.

Libraries and knowledge management staff

Knowledge managers support healthcare professionals in their professional development

Learning disabilities nursing

This page introduces learning disability nursing


Pathologists specialise in the detection of disease through the use of a variety of investigative techniques.


This page provides an introduction to the role of pharmacist.

Pharmacy technician

This page describes the role of pharmacy technicians and where they work.


This page describes the role of a phlebotomist, the entry requirements and training, and also gives contact details for organisations that provide further information.

Psychological wellbeing practitioner

This page describes the role of the psychological wellbeing practitioner


This page describes the role of a physiotherapist


This page describes the role of porter in the NHS.

Practice management

Practice managers work in primary care, where they manage the overall running of general practices (GP surgeries).

Prosthetist and orthotist

Prosthetists and orthotists provide care for anyone requiring an artificial limb (prosthesis) or a device to support or control part of the body (orthosis).


Psychiatrists deal with mental health.


This page provides an introduction to psychology and what psychologists do.


This page provides an overview of the field of psychotherapy and the work of psychotherapists. It includes information on adult psychotherapy, child psychotherapy, and child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).

Radiography assistants/support roles

This page describes the role of staff working in support roles in a radiography setting.


Find out about diagnostic and therapeutic radiography


Radiologists specialise in the detection of disease through the use of a variety of investigative techniques.

Respiratory physiology and sleep sciences

This page describes the work of clinical respiratory physiologists, and includes information on entry requirements and training.


On this page you will find a description of the roles of, secretaries and typists, including information on entry requirements

Speech and language therapist

This page describes the role of speech and language therapist

Sterile services management

This page describes the work of sterile services managers

Stores and distribution staff

This page describes the work of stores staff in the NHS.

School nursing

This page introduces the role school nurse and describes the experience and knowledge that it is useful to gain before entering this profession.


This page introduces the work of tillers in the NHS.

Theatre support worker

This page describes the role of theatre support worker


The specialty attracts patients with a wide breadth of pathology including malignancy, functional abnormalities including bladder outflow obstruction and incontinence, stone disease and infection.

Vascular science

This page outlines the work of healthcare scientists working in vascular science.

Linen services staff

This page describes the work of laundry supervisors and managers.


Microbiology is the study of organisms (bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic) that cause infections.

Mental health nursing

Mental health nursing is often complex, demanding and very rewarding.

Music therapist

Music therapy aims to facilitate positive changes in behavior and emotional well-being and is essentially a social activity involving communication, listening and sharing.


Neurophysiology is concerned with the investigation of function in the central and peripheral nervous system.


Neurosurgery deals with the diagnosis and treatment of pathological processes, which affect the nervous system.

Nursery nurse/nursery assistant

This page outlines the role of nursery nurses and nursery assistants working in the NH


A paramedic is the senior healthcare professional at an accident or a medical emergency.