Website Sample: NHS Medical Careers

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NHS Medical Careers

Brief: To create easy-to-read text, explaining the many different career options within the NHS, and use search-engine friendly keywords to boost website traffic.


Career news at a glance:
Competition for NHS jobs in life sciences has steadily increased since 2002, and there are fewer ‘trainee’ type posts since the Agenda for Change pay scales came into widespread use. However, the new pay scales have improved wages for entry-level employees in 2007, and the vast majority of 2008 students should gain employment soon after graduating – whether that be in the NHS, public sector or within commerce.


Career health advice
• Remember as a graduate you’re very attractive to all sorts of employers, not only those relating to life sciences, so be open-minded in your job search.
• Many NHS posts won’t necessarily be advertised nationally, but searching local newspapers and enquiring at local trusts may unearth hidden opportunities.
• If you want to work in healthcare, gaining any sort of experience is valuable so consider volunteering or taking temporary NHS work while waiting for your ideal role.


Career health warnings
• Although there are some very well-paid entry-level jobs in commerce, graduates are advised to consider the long-term prospects of these positions. It may be wiser to take a job within the NHS on a lower pay scale that has the potential for highly paid work and career progression in the future.


Working in the NHS:
In 2007, NHS jobs were more popular with graduates than in previous years – probably due to improved entry-level pay. This rise in popularity, coupled with the fact there are now fewer positions offering ‘trainee’ duties for the newly qualified, means increased competition for entry-level posts. However, those who do secure NHS work in 2008 can be assured of excellent career progression and good opportunities to develop skills.


Working in the public / charitable sector (outside the NHS):
There are opportunities within higher education for graduates are present, but those who are newly qualified will usually need to gain practical skills and knowledge before they’re attractive to universities. Some charities have opportunities for medical scientists, and biomedical science graduates have a long history of working for charities abroad. Overseas charities are offering biomedical scientists in particular the chance to work in Eastern Europe at present.


Working for the independent sector:
Life sciences graduates are in demand within industry, and this is likely to continue throughout 2008/09. The commercial sector currently offers a good number of well-paid entry-level positions working within clinical research, pharmaceutical companies and commercial laboratories. Life science graduates are also currently sought after to work in medical sales.


Working abroad:
A recent European Union directive means graduates with accredited scientific training will now be able to practice in Europe without having to demonstrate their competencies. This is good news for those with accredited qualifications, but it’s worth bearing in mind that currently many European countries don’t arrange job roles and titles in the same way as the UK, so research may be necessary before applying.


There are opportunities to work in Australia, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand at present, and it is hoped UK life sciences qualifications may soon be recognised in these countries too.


Future forecast
The Department of Health is currently taking steps to renovate the training pathway for jobs in life sciences, ensuring degree tuition is more vocational and includes practical training to meet the demands of the labour market. This initiative is likely to improve future graduates prospects of securing work within the NHS as soon as they’ve finished their training.


Non-NHS employers with opportunities for life science graduates:
NHS trusts
Independent healthcare providers
Contract laboratories


Outside the NHS, life science graduates also work in:
Pharmaceutical companies
Medical research companies
Commercial laboratories


Life science graduates work as:
Biomedical scientists
Research scientists
Product specialists
Medical sales representatives
Sales and marketing representatives


Life science graduates find work at:
NHS Jobs: www.jobs.nhs.uk
Local newspapers
Career Scene website: www.careerscene.com