Step into Health – Everything You Need To Know

New Career Opportunities
Veterans and Military Service Leavers may never have considered a career in the NHS before, however the NHS has in excess of 300 career opportunities, around half of which are non-clinical. It is the largest employer in Europe and is used to taking personnel with no previous experience in healthcare, and supporting their learning and development.

Tailored for Service Leavers
In order to support and facilitate Service Leavers in their transition to civilian employment and to provide information about jobs and roles in the NHS the Step into Health programme offers information events, bespoke work experience tailored to each individual and 1:1 mentoring. These events are open to all ranks and include both clinical and non-clinical roles. Clearly, an opportunity not to be missed by anyone considering the NHS after leaving the Services.

Collaborative Working
The programme was created by the NHS, in conjunction with Walking With The Wounded and The Royal Foundation, and following a pilot which started in 2014 in East Anglia, was expanded after 78% of veterans who completed their work placement went on to secure employment within the NHS.

The Officers’ Association have been working closely with the Step into Health team on this programme to help promote the latest round of Information Days across the country, and raise awareness of the opportunity to build a sustainable second career after the Services.


Webinar: Step Into Health part 1
Webinar: Step Into Health part 2
Webinar: Step Into Health part 3

Key contacts:

National Lead – Julia Watling

Northern General – Tom Evans

Lewisham & Greenwich + South London and the Maudsley + King’s College – Danielle Fullwood

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – Keri Simm

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals – Julia Watling

Hampshire Hospitals – Kofi Quartey

Further reading:

Get with the programme: Step into health – Interview with Julia Watling, National Lead

Step into a career in the NHS – Interview with Danielle Fullwood, Lead in London & South East