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.
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.
Upcoming Step Into Health events
06/07/2016 – Hampshire – Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
29/07/2016 – Sheffield – Northern General
09/08/2016 – Northumbria – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
11/08/2016 – Guy’s and St Thomas’ – Brighton and Sussex
17/08/2016 – Norfolk & Suffolk – NNUH
22/09/2016 – Guy’s and St Thomas’ – Epsom & St Helier
06/10/2016 – Northumbria – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
18/10/2016 – Norfolk & Suffolk – NNUH
19/10/2016 – Hampshire – Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
29/11/2016 – Norfolk & Suffolk – NNUH
06/12/2016 – Northumbria – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
25/01/2017 – Hampshire – Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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