After studying a degree in health, many jobs that you can go on to do will often be in the NHS. You might already have experience of working for the NHS before coming to university too, so you will know just how inspiring and motivating it is to be part of.
We asked some of our students what inspired them to study a healthcare related degree and what they love most about working for the NHS…
Medical Ultrasound student Harriet said:
“Before beginning my degree studies I worked in a busy NHS Trust where my interest in Radiology, and specifically, ultrasound was sparked. My NHS Trust gave me the chance to remain employed whilst I studied and work as an assistant when they need me, which fits in well with my university commitments.
I have been given tremendous support from the NHS to expand my clinical role and further my career. As a student, I usually attend clinical placement at one of two NHS trusts within the Birmingham area. I am training in Abdominal, Gynaecological and Obstetric ultrasound. Placements are an opportunity to work within the clinical department learning and developing this skill from experienced sonographers, while applying university learnt theory to real-life patients and situations.
Everyone has an experience of some kind with the NHS and I am proud to be able to part of an institution that provides individualistic care, irrespective of circumstance. To be a part of caring for a person at their most vulnerable is a big responsibility but to do so with respect while preserving dignity is so rewarding.
It makes me proud to work with like-minded and compassionate people who are happy to put others first and to be a part of an organisation that encourages continuing professional development to maintain a high level of knowledge and skill for its patients.
I find my chosen career path very rewarding and enjoy the fast pace even though the workload can be demanding at times.”
Paramedic Science student Carl commented:
“The reason I got into this field initially was because a very good friend of mine who happened to have short term memory problems and hearing issues always wanted to work in a care setting. She tried for years and eventually found a job as a carer for elderly people with dementia. Unfortunately, her happiness in her new role was short lived as she tragically passed away from a brain tumour a few months later. This made me reassess my own life and I concluded that if I can help others like she wanted, then every person I would treat would have been someone she would have treated.
I then started volunteering with the NHS as a Community First Responder which was a very supportive role - staff treated us like one of their own and put a lot of effort into our training. After 4 years I then ended my voluntary duties to move on to other things within the ambulance sector. A couple of years later I was able to get a job as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher where I worked in the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) for just under a year.
I was proud to work in the EOC because when we did a good job, our managers would recognise it and say well done. If we needed or wanted feedback it was easily attained and if we had any issues with anything to do with our role, we were able to request extra training. Due to the nature of the calls we were receiving, it was easy to feel low, but when this happened, there was a reverend who we could always talk to and welcomed everyone within the NHS community - and you didn’t have to necessarily talk to him about religion. We also had constant peer to peer support throughout our time. If any of us had a difficult call, our team leader would notice that and let us take a bit of time to gather our thoughts.
The NHS is aware of the pressures they ask us to face daily, and we are given incentives to achieve our best, you could feel it in the team morale on those late nights and early mornings on 12-hour shifts. I enjoyed my first roles in the NHS and have realised that I want to continue my career on the frontline in the NHS as a Paramedic.”
Radiotherapy student Rebecca said:
“I had always been interested in a caring profession but I was first drawn to Radiotherapy when participating in a school project relating to cancer and its treatment. This career appealed to me as it has multiple aspects, it’s a career that allows you to be involved in patient care as well as using advanced technology on a daily basis.
My experience so far with the NHS has been on my clinical placements – and they take up near enough 50% of the course, which can sometimes be the best part of it. The experience you gain allows you to develop as a professional both working with other healthcare professionals and patients. The unique experiences you gain as a student in the NHS are invaluable and enable professional development, as the varied case load in the NHS prepares you for working life.
I am proud to work for the NHS as I feel I make a difference in a patient’s life at some of their lowest moments. Being thanked by a patient when they have finished treatment is really rewarding and can make a bad day worthwhile.
The field of Radiotherapy is constantly evolving and moving forward and so there is always something new to learn. The job prospects for a Radiographer are also pretty good to with plenty of opportunities to work in the UK and overseas.
People often think that a career in Radiotherapy can be depressing, but working in a Radiotherapy department with cancer patients is certainly not depressing at all and I would encourage anyone who is considering a career in health to look into a career in Radiotherapy!”
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