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Five healthcare apprenticeships you’ve probably never considered

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 14:33

Written by The National Skills Academy for Health (NSA Health)

150meeting9If you’re looking for a rewarding career in the healthcare sector, an apprenticeship could be for you. There are apprenticeship opportunities to suit everyone, whether you want a rewarding job caring for patients, have an interest in catering or buildings management or want to work in a busy IT, finance, or administration department.

To give you some inspiration, here are five lesser known apprenticeships that all have an important part to play in today’s NHS:


Image: Horticulture.Horticulture apprentices are employed to help maintain public spaces surrounding hospitals and to look after private gardens on properties. As a horticultural apprentice, you will gain an understanding of the importance and benefits of green-spaces to patients' wellbeing as well as gaining vital skills in health and safety and environmental best practice.

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Emergency care assistance

Image: Emergency care.Emergency care assistants play an important role within the emergency response team; supporting colleagues to ensure patients receive the care they need. The emergency care assistant role involves responding to emergency calls to provide care to patients, driving ambulance vehicles, assisting paramedics, using medical and life support equipment and providing and collecting information at the scene.

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Perioperative support

Image: Perioperative support.The goal of perioperative care is to provide better conditions for patients before, during and after their operation. During your perioperative support apprenticeship you would develop the skills and knowledge needed to support health professionals, such as surgeons, nurses and operating department practitioners, in a hospital operating theatre department.

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Simulation technician

Image: Simulation technician.Simulation technicians provide support for learning and teaching activities for medical professionals, such as nurses, midwives and paramedics. As a simulation technician apprentice, you would learn how to assist in the preparation, set-up and clearing up of equipment and resources for educational events as well as supporting colleagues in trouble-shooting of technical issues within the service.

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Finance and accounting

Image: Finance and accounting.Accounting is a highly skilled profession, with accounting staff working at many different levels within a hospital. Accounting apprenticeships are available at intermediate, advanced and higher levels, providing a clear career progression route from entry-level roles, such as accounts assistant, to jobs as an accounts manager or an accounting technician. As an accounting apprentice, you could work within the payroll department, making sure employees get their salaries, process payments in an accounts department, or purchase goods and services in a procurement department.

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