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Careers in medicine
So, you think you might want to be a doctor? Deciding to study medicine will be the first of many choices. There are more than 60 branches of medicine...

Careers in surgery
Get the lowdown on the different surgical specialists, what qualifications you need and how long it takes to train. Surgeons specialise in operating on...

Careers in veterinary medicine
If you’re interested in becoming a vet, you could work in a range of environments from zoos to universities. Here's a brief outline of the kind of options...

A day in the life of a junior doctor
Over a year after graduating from medical school, Dr. Vicky Donkin talks about the realities of working as a junior doctor.

Career profile: Ambulance care assistant
Get the lowdown on what the job involves, what qualifications you need and how long it takes to train. A what? Ambulance care assistants drive non-emergency...

Career profile: Audiologist
Get the lowdown on what the job involves, what qualifications you need and how long it takes to train. A what? Also called a medical technical officer...

Career profile: Dentist
Thinking of becoming a dentist? Get the lowdown on what the job involves, what qualifications you need and how long it takes to train. A what? Dentists...

Career profile: Dental hygienist
Get the lowdown on what the job involves, what qualifications you need and how long it takes to train. A what? A dental hygienist works to prevent dental...

Career profile: Dermatologist
Get the lowdown on what the job involves, what qualifications you need and how long it takes to train. A what? Dermatology is a medical specialty in illness...

Career profile: Dietitian
Thinking of becoming a dietitian? Get the lowdown on what the job involves, what qualifications you need and how long it takes to train. A what? A dietitian...

Career profile: GP (General Practitioner)
Thinking of becoming a GP? Get the lowdown on what the job involves, what qualifications you need and how long it takes to train. A what? General practitioners...

Career profile: Healthcare assistant
Get the lowdown on what the job involves, what qualifications you need and how long it takes to train. A what? Healthcare assistants can work within hospital...

Career profile: Occupational therapist
Thinking of becoming an occupational therapist? Get the lowdown on what the job involves, what qualifications you need and how long it takes to train....

Career profile: Optometrist
Optometrists look after eye health and can help to spot serious diseases. Read on to find out more.

Career profile: Orthodontist
Get the lowdown on what the job involves, what qualifications you need and how long it takes to train. A what? Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry...

Career profile: Orthoptist
Get the lowdown on what the job involves, what qualifications you need and how long it takes to train. A what? An orthoptist diagnoses and treats defects...

Career profile: Paramedic
Get the lowdown on what the job involves, what qualifications you need and how long it takes to train. A what? Paramedics work in the ambulance service....

Career profile: Pathologist
Get the lowdown on what the job involves, what qualifications you need and how long it takes to train. A what? Pathologists specialise in the detection...

Career profile: Pharmacist
Pharmacists don't just run the local chemist - they use detailed scientific knowledge to make sure that patients get the best possible treatment.

Career profile: Pharmacologist
Get the lowdown on what the job involves, what qualifications you need and how long it takes to train. A what? Pharmacologists are experts in the effectiveness...

Career profile: Phlebotomist
Thought only doctors and nurses worked in the NHS? There is a whole range of jobs out there for people at every level of education. Here you can get the...

Career profile: Physiotherapist
Get the lowdown on what the job involves, what qualifications you need and how long it takes to train. A what? Physiotherapists treat people with physical...

Career profile: Prosthetist
Get the lowdown on what the job involves, what qualifications you need and how long it takes to train. A what? Prosthetists design and fit the best possible...

Career profile: Podiatrist / Chiropodist
Get the lowdown on what the job involves, what qualifications you need and how long it takes to train. A what? A podiatrist (or chiropodist – there...

Career profile: Speech and language therapist
Get the lowdown on what the job involves, what qualifications you need and how long it takes to train. A what? A speech and language therapist (SLT) treats...

Career profile: Sports doctor
Who gets sportsmen and women back on their feet and competing after an injury? Sports physicians play an important role in helping top athletes to recover...

Career profile: Therapeutic radiographer
Get the lowdown on what the job involves, what qualifications you need and how long it takes to train. A what? A therapeutic radiographer treats cancer...

Career profile: Veterinary nurse
Get the lowdown on what the job involves, what qualifications you need and how long it takes to train. A what? Veterinary nurses work with veterinary...

Career profile: Veterinary surgeon (Vet)
Get the lowdown on what the job involves, what qualifications you need and how long it takes to train. A what? Veterinary surgeons are doctors for animals....

Army vets in Afghanistan
Do you imagine vets looking after hamsters or driving around the countryside? Army vet Captain Miles Malone, who works in Afghanistan, might change your...

Medical careers and travel
A medical degree could help you to map out a career travelling all over the world. Read on to find out more.

My job explained: Ambulance Service Community Responder
In a medical emergency, split seconds can make the difference between life and death. Ambulance Service Community Responders are essential to making sure...

My job explained: Anaesthetist
As an anaesthetist, Anna Dennis is responsible for making hospital operations as painless as possible. Read on to find out more.

My job explained: Assistant Director of Leadership and Organisational Development
Adam Rudduck’s time in the NHS has taken him on ‘many interesting twists and turns’, and his current role helps other staff find the right career route for them.

My job explained: Audiologist
Alison Fry is an audiological scientist from Bournemouth who enjoys ‘making a difference in peoples lives’. Here she shares her experiences of treating...

My job explained: Cardiac physiologist
Check the pulse of a career working with patients with heart disease, as Sharmila Govinde describes what it takes to become a cardiac physiologist.

My job explained: Chiropodist
Emma is a chiropodist and a paediatric specialist. She is also a qualified foot surgeon and is in the process of setting up a new surgical service. 'I...

My job explained: Clinical scientist
The fight against disease takes place as much in laboratories as on the wards. Read on as Sam Holman explains how she puts her scientific knowledge to the test as a clinical scientist in genetics.

My job explained: Customer contact centre adviser
Cathy McGarvie is a contact centre adviser for AstraZeneca. She responds to queries from patients and healthcare professionals about the drugs that AZ...

My job explained: Dental therapist
Dental therapist Baldeesh Chana explains what the job involves and training routes to getting there. How did you become a dental therapist? I always wanted...

My job explained: Dentist
Danesi Sadoh is a general dental practitioner and specialist periodontologist at a dental practice in Finsbury Park, London. Here he shares his experience...

My job explained: Diagnostic radiographer
Emma is a diagnostic radiographer working in a large general hospital. My job is extremely varied and I really enjoy this. I wasn't interested in anything...

My job explained: Dietitian
Susan is a senior dietitian, currently involved in a research project. What do you enjoy most about your job? One of the things I enjoy most about being...

My job explained: Drug safety scientist
Lisa Wilson works for AstraZeneca, making sure that their pharmaceutical products are effective and safe. What does a drug safety scientist do? We are...

My job explained: GP
Variety is the spice of Chris Hee’s job as a GP.

My job explained: Occupational therapist
Lyndsey is an occupational therapist in a mental health rehabilitation unit. What made you want to be an occupational therapist? 'The big thing for me...

My job explained: Operating Department Practitioner
Mark Dillon provides patient care before, during and after surgery. Find out what the job involves and how to get into it.

My job explained: Orthoptist
Brigit is a senior orthoptist, working in the eye clinic of a large general hospital. This is very much a 'people' job and, for me, the best thing about...

My job explained: Orthotist
John is senior orthotist at a centre for people with disabilities. What made you become an orthotist? I first heard about prosthetics and orthotics when...

My job explained: Paramedic
Mark qualified as a paramedic five years ago. He works for the London Ambulance Service. What made you become a paramedic? I did a lot of different jobs...

My job explained: Physiotherapist
Amanda is a senior grade physiotherapist. She works in a large city centre hospital What made you become a physiotherapist? I knew I wanted to be a physiotherapist...

My job explained: Speech and language therapist
Jane is a speech and language therapist specialising in deafness and hearing impairment. What made you become a speech and language therapist? Speech...

My job explained: Therapeutic radiographer
Ricardo Khine is a lecturer and practitioner in therapeutic radiography. What do you do? My job has two roles: I teach at South Bank University and work...

NHS job quiz
Not sure which career in the NHS suits your personality? Find out with this fun personality test . You might be surprised by the range of NHS jobs available...

Private vs. NHS
Would you go private if you needed medical treatment? Despite the availability of free healthcare through the National Health Service, thousands of patients...

Working for the NHS
Have you considered a career with the NHS? One NHS midwife describes what it's like working for the UK's biggest health care provider. About Rebecca Rebecca...

Working in Accident and Emergency (A&E)
Accident and Emergency departments are on the frontline of medicine.

Working in the Allied Health Professions
Healthcare comes in many different forms, and so do the people who provide it.

Working in intensive care
An intensive care unit is one of the most challenging but rewarding places to work in a hospital. Find out who works there and what's involved.

Working in an operating theatre
Get beneath the skin of what happens during surgical operations.

Working in paediatrics
A career in paediatrics can be as diverse, challenging and inspiring as the young people you’ll work with.

Working in wider healthcare
It’s not just doctors and nurses who work in a hospital. From clerks in the office to cleaners in the basement, there’s a whole range of people behind...

Career profile: Dramatherapist
Dramatherapists use drama to help support mental health and wellbeing.

Career profile: Medical researcher
Without medical research, doctors wouldn't know what works and what doesn't. Find out how you can get involved.

Getting experience for the healthcare sector
The healthcare sector exciting, ever-changing – and very competitive. Find out how to stand out to universities and employers.