From the Military to the NHS
Why Service Leavers Continue to Serve Through the NHS
We spoke to Phil Harrison – Project Lead at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust – about his transition into a rewarding career in Healthcare…
Please tell us about us about your military career – how many years you served, rank you left at and any career highlights.
Any top tips when applying for NHS roles – either within your personal statement or at interview?
I think that the desire to serve runs through service leavers and being able to continue such service in a different capacity is a very strong message. Many in the NHS exercise the same selfless commitment which is one of the Army’s values, but they don’t recognise it in themselves due to the nature of the organisations being different. But it is there and putting the patient first is what makes the NHS the success that it is. Demonstrating that above all else the patient comes first is a very good start to any conversation about future employment.
Why are UHB running the insight event on the 16th of June? Why should you attend?
UHB last ran an event like this in Sep 2019. We have delayed the one we had scheduled for last year due to the current situation. We decided to move to a virtual platform to advertise the opportunities available at UHB and the types of role available across the country. We will offer the same first-hand insights and advice, the same workshops and guidance and the same chance to chat with people who are working in the sector you think may suit you best.
Following up the event, I will also be offering the one-to-one advice and mentoring in the same way that I did in person following the session in 2019. This is a free service which will give advice and guidance on the various jobs available across the NHS.