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Health Education England calls for people to consider joining ‘NHS family’

As the UK welcomed National Careers Week, the Chief Executive of Health Education England, Dr Navina Evans, praised the work being done and encouraged potential recruits to consider a career in the NHS.

With the NHS being one of the key areas to receive focus on during the week, Dr Evans commented: “It’s a really proud thing to be part of this movement, and I really do believe it’s a movement.

“It’s a most rewarding career.

“The best thing about it is the people – the patients, your colleagues and the communities you get to engage with. It’s really rich, and enriching, to be involved in something that puts you in touch with the human condition every single day.”

Within the NHS, more than 350 distinct careers exist, with jobs suited to all kinds of people, regardless of age or background.

Interest in health and care careers has sored during the pandemic, with a huge surge in visitors to the NHS Health Careers website, seeking information about scores of different roles.

Record numbers of students have applied to begin nursing courses at English universities this year, while last year saw the highest ever number of acceptances for GP training posts.

Data showed more people were not only looking for an NHS career, but looking to find one that matches their skills and interests.

The number of people completing the ‘Find your Career’ tool on the website increased by 150% in the last two months compared with the same period in 2020.

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