NHS Careers

Breadth of opportunities

NHS returners

Inspiring the future workforce

Developing better leaders, delivering better care

Breadth of opportunities

There are over 350 different careers in the NHS. What they all have in common is that they make a difference to people’s lives every day. Find out more about expedition medicine, healthcare scientists, health informatics, psychological professions, public health and wider roles. Find your perfect role by searching NHS Careers.

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Share your stories

Whether you’re considering an NHS career or already work in the NHS and want to inspire others to do the same, we’d love to hear from you.  Please share your stories with us on social media using the #ThankYouTogether and #NHSBirthday.

NHS returners

Thank you returning NHS staff

Video montage of just a few of our brilliant colleagues who returned to support the NHS family.


The NHS workforce is one of the most dedicated in the world, this was proven by the amazing response from former clinical professionals when the call went out to them in March 2020 to return to the NHS as part of the initial emergency response to COVID-19. We are extremely grateful to everyone who stepped forward to offer their help.

Their clinical expertise and experience provided much-appreciated support and could still play a valuable role in the coming months as the NHS moves towards a more routine way of working, ensures staff have well-earned breaks and recovery time, and prepares for winter 2020/21, as well as addressing the future profile of COVID-19.

We are currently exploring how those who may be interested in supporting the NHS in the longer term could contribute in the future.

We asked some of #OurNHSPeople who returned to work in health and social care to explain why they returned.

John Fillis – nurse from North West and Michelle Tufnell – doctor from South West

I knew from the first day back on duty that I had made the right decision to return. My admiration for the NHS has been enhanced by my return and I intend to stay until I am confident that things have returned to some form of normality.

Lawrence Whyte (quote) – nurse from North East and Yorkshire

Inspiring the future workforce

Since 2018, Health Education England (HEE) has been working with Inspiring the Future and Primary Futures to get more NHS staff connecting with school children of all ages on a regular basis, talking about the breadth of interesting roles available and answering questions about their jobs.

NHS Ambassadors take part in school activities such as assemblies, speed networking, career days and many more, alongside new interactive virtual sessions to connect with children and young people online. Since the campaign began our NHS Ambassadors have interacted with more than 400,000 young people.

Developing better leaders, delivering better care

Developing our people is vital to ensuring we support staff to perform well in challenging roles and make sure the NHS has the right people in place across all our organisations. We aim to:

  • Nurture the next generation of leaders by systematically identifying, developing and supporting those with the capability and ambition to reach the most senior levels of the service
  • Develop and embed cultures of compassion, inclusion, and collaboration across the NHS, leading with civility and respect

The NHS Leadership Academy provides leadership development for people of all backgrounds and experiences across health and care.