Find your perfect NHS job with Step into Health

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Step into Health has launched a new online system to help members of the Armed Forces community transition to a new career in the NHS.

The online system allows service leavers, veterans, reservists, cadet force volunteers and their families to register their interest in an NHS career and connect with NHS organisations.

The NHS presents an opportunity to serve the public and put into practice many of the skills which have been learned in military life, such as being able to work under pressure, resourcefulness, resilience and teamwork. All are highly desirable to NHS employers.

There is a large range of roles available in the NHS, including many non-clinical ones. Engineers, estates management, porters, coders, catering staff and drivers are all needed. The Step into Health programme provides support and puts service leavers and their families in touch with employment opportunities in the NHS. The programme also helps to set up work placements which offer the opportunity to experience a taste of working within the service.

Ronnie Waugh served in the Army for 24 years before he was medically discharged. Following an initial work placement, he began working in the NHS as an X-ray bank porter. Ronnie said:

“I would have no hesitation in recommending anyone, no matter their background in the forces, to a career in the NHS. The support you receive from your initial contact through to employment and beyond is amazing.

“The skills I learnt in the military, my work ethic, loyalty and professional pride have certainly started me on the right foot.”

Since leaving the RAF, David-John Williams now works within an NHS organisational change team. David-John didn’t complete a work placement but was linked directly to a vacancy after attending an employment fair. David-John said:

“From my experience, the characteristics that mark out ex-forces personnel, whilst all terribly clichéd, are their leadership skills, an appetite for responsibility and an ability to get things done. Step into Health provided me with a great opportunity to get my ‘foot in the door’ and demonstrate my own capabilities in the NHS for which I am very grateful.”

Visit Step into Health to find out more about the programme and connect to your local Step into Health-pledged NHS organisation.