Apprenticeships in medicine and dentistry can open career pathways in vital roles which might otherwise have been unattainable, making this an attractive route into a specialised sector. This route also allows you to gain a nationally-recognised qualification.
The potential for professional and personal development for apprentices in medicine, dentistry and nursing are enormous. If you dream of becoming a paramedic, a midwife or a nurse, an apprenticeship can help you make those dreams a reality. There are also many management and leadership roles within the sector too.
Polly Goodman – Level 6 Registered Nursing Degree Apprenticeship, Great Ormond Street Hospital | BPP University
Laurence O’Sullivan-Whiting – Workforce Development Lead for Apprenticeships, Great Ormond Street Hospital
Apprenticeships are available at all levels from health care support worker at Level 2 to paramedic, midwife or nurse at degree and master’s level.
There are a large number of roles to choose from in this sector and although many are dental or medical in nature, there are also a variety of specialist support and management roles too. Some of the career pathways include dental nurse, pharmacy support, maternity support, midwifery, associate ambulance practitioner, paramedic and of course nursing.
Apprenticeships are available with NHS Trusts, such as Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital and the ambulance service, as well as in dental practices and local medical centres.
There are many personal qualities which indicate a career in this sector would be a good fit for you. A desire to help people and the ability to adapt quickly in changing situations are essential, along with strong communication skills.
Gemma Hayward – Level 6 Registered Nursing Degree Apprenticeship, Great Ormond Street Hospital | BPP University
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- You get to make a direct difference in people's lives.
- You’re exposed to learning all the time, which keeps your skills fresh.
- There are entry-level routes, making healthcare roles more accessible.
- Working in healthcare sometimes means working night shifts and weekends.
- You might have to manage emotional and difficult situations.
- Shifts in healthcare can be long and challenging.
Providing much needed support to clinical staff, apprentices are an important entry point for new employees in this sector. As an apprentice in medicine, dentistry or nursing, you’ll witness medical or dental care being delivered first-hand and this will deepen your understanding of your chosen profession.
Whatever career path I choose, I know I definitely won’t be stuck without a job!
Philippa Burton, Apprentice at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
As an apprentice, you’ll receive structured on the job training from qualified professionals and peers to help you develop confidence and competence in carrying out the tasks involved in your role. You’ll also be supported to study for the qualification needed for the role.
The supervision, feedback and support you receive during your apprenticeship will ensure you to develop to your full potential and gain the knowledge and experience to excel in your chosen field.
When staff are driven to improve, patients receive a better experience.
Laurence O’Sullivan-Whiting, employer at Great Ormond Street Hospital