Category: Nursing

23 Nov 2018

Opportunities in medicine

OPPORTUNITIES

Whether you love him or loathe him, there are few in the NHS who were sorry to see the back of former Minister for Health (Secretary of State for Health and Social Care), now serving as serving as Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

It is generally accepted that the present staff shortages in the NHS are due to reach almost crisis point as the UK heads towards, and beyond, Brexit. For crisis, read opportunity. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/jeremy-hunt-nurse-training-bursaries-axed-george-osborne-conservative-conference-a7979636.html

Arguably the most precious commodity in the UK, even the government’s recent policies of austerity were recently set to one side to bolster the flagging fortunes of the NHS. As a result, there are now special encouragements throughout the sector to fulfil a reinforced political focus.

TRAINING & DEGREE OPPORTUNITIES

Nursing is clearly a substantial proportion of NHS employment but it is the entire range of specialisations that are in need of recruitment and it is worth making yourself familiar with what that substantial range includes: https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/eXplore-ROLES aimCV.com suggests you also go to https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/career-planning/study-and-training for an idea of what is currently on offer. It is also worth pointing out the importance of an application, and that a professionally written CV or résumé is going to be of enormous assistance in separating the wheat from the chaff.

UPHEAVAL & CHANGE CAN CREATE SOUGHT-AFTER DIFFERENCES

There is little point in pretending there aren’t problems within a number of aspects of NHS and other employer’s demands. Equally, what problems exist are likely to find far more flexible solutions where employers needs are in turmoil, and there can be little doubt about the present predicament of the employer and the government.

Those who are trained and diligent contributors can expect continued, valuable, career development, and support. Initiative and problem solving lie at the heart of future developments within one of the most complex and sophisticated organisations on the planet. There are truly amazing ranges of skills and experience required for the ongoing development our national treasure, and significant career opportunities are abundant as a result.

From midwifery to palliative care, the beginning to the end, and everything in between, exciting opportunities are waiting to be explored and rewarded.

GENERAL PRACTICE

The General Practitioner or GP is usually the first point of contact with the National Health Service (NHS), for the general public. As the title suggests a GP is expected to have the widest of medical knowledge from observing likelihoods, covering all ages, and all potential, to recognising any condition presented by the patient, whether mental, physical, or circumstantial. S/he then needs to know precisely what action to take, advise, or recommend. The role varies widely across the British Isles and is very much dependent on the location of the surgery: inner city Glasgow is going to be very different for a GP from the requirements in industrial centres in the Midlands, and very different again from those of rural Norfolk.

Although paid (£55k – £80+) between twice and three times the national UK average (£27k), there is a shortage of GPs in the UK and around the world https://www.bmj.com/content/358/bmj.j3191 . In Australia for example, and depending on experience, a GP can expect between £100k & £200k, should that be of interest.

You will find the pathway and qualifications required here: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/after-gcses/find-career-ideas/explore-jobs/job-profile/general-practitioner

CONSULTANTS

Consultants in England earn from £60,000 to more than £100,000 within the NHS and considerably more when mixed with, or exclusively, private practice (No. Not the American TV drama series!). After qualifying as a doctor, the candidate undergoes specialty training in a specific field. Examples such as: anaesthesia, clinical oncology, radiology, community sexual health, emergency medicine, acute internal medicine and clinical genetics are just a few of the areas of speciality common within the world of medicine. This site will provide you with accurate details https://www.medschools.ac.uk/studying-medicine/after-medical-school/specialties

PRIVATE UK MEDICAL SERVICES

Due to the availability of universal, state-funded, healthcare in the UK, private medicine is a relatively small niche market. Even so, privatisation is a growth market and given the constant strain on the public purse from the NHS, most governments will, almost inevitably, tend towards reducing their own (the public’s and the taxpayer’s), liabilities where ever they feel they can get away with it. You will find an overview of the present situation here: https://store.mintel.com/uk-private-healthcare-market-report

BEHIND THE FRONT LINE

Some are drawn to the enormous demands of dealing with the sick and those diagnosed with illness but others may not find this appealing. It is worth pointing out here that there are many who feel, what is often referred to as a calling or a vocation, and the demands referred to above lie at the very heart of their desire to nurse and care for others. But for those who do not, the field is again, a wide one.

Research is prevalent throughout medicine and there is a global network of those interested and involved. ‘New Scientist’ is the universal bible for all aspects of science and https://jobs.newscientist.com/en-gb/article/how-to-make-a-career-in-medical-research-/ will show you some of the milestones required, with additional references to potentially important internships.

SIGN OFF

Many years ago I was told that, deep down, all humans are only interested in three things: health, wealth & love. I would like to think you would find all three above and so, finally, good luck…

23 Oct 2018

Are you looking for a change of career?

Teaching & Nursing are being promoted

Careers in Teaching and Nursing are being actively promoted by the industries themselves and by the government. There are considerable shortages of supply possibly creating additional opportunities that could prove more lucrative for you than elsewhere, depending on your CV and transferable skills.

Looking for a way ahead

Apprenticeships may not have occurred to you as a way in but this route should certainly not be overlooked. Macmillan Nurses offer internships (Mac Intern) at: https://www.macmillan.org.uk/about-us/working-with-us/careers-at-macmillan and a number of other opportunities to work and gain experience alongside other demanding roles.

OU

The Open University offers a range of degree courses including Adult and Mental Health Nursing. For a full account of what is available through OU go to: http://www.open.ac.uk/business/apprenticeships/degree-and-higher/registered-nurse-degree-apprenticeship

Determination

It must be accepted that teaching and nursing are often considered to be vocational professions in the UK presently. Unless career progression is pursued with vigorous determination, both can be poorly rewarded financially. However, the direction of travel can rightly be considered to be positive. To some this may not be the primary goal and there are many who are satisfied and fulfilled regardless of the stresses and strains.

Training

If attainment and progress is a driver, careers in the UK can be highly rewarded financially provided attention is paid to constant training and a clear path towards current demand is identified. This should be followed with all the networking and media skills available to individuals and corporations. Professional CV writers and advice will improve your focus and I have listed some industry contacts below.

Agencies & Overseas

Moving overseas after a UK training could be a more lucrative path for those who are looking for substantial change and who can embrace the associated upheavals. Teaching and nursing have a substantial dependence on staffing agencies and although they constantly maintain their intention to reduce their reliance, there is no sign of significant change.

Career satisfaction

There is little doubt that those who embrace nursing and teaching opportunities to benefit others can achieve a personal satisfaction that reaches far beyond their own horizons. They consider their career choices to be of great influence on how others can live their lives in more fortunate circumstances -as a direct result of their own efforts. Their job satisfaction brings a personal joy that must make nursing and teaching a serious consideration for some…

Contacts for more information…

www.nowteach.org.uk –  Now Teach

www.rcn.org.uk/professional-development – Professional Development | Royal College of Nursing

www.aimcv.com – Professional CV writers and advisors with appropriate covering letter.