When you talk about the healthcare profession, what are the first three things that come to your mind? The chances are that they’re probably, in any order; doctors, nurses and hospitals – and why wouldn’t they be, they’re the biggest part of the healthcare profession along with the patients themselves (but you can’t get a job as a patient!) If you spend any length of time looking on job websites like Jobs Today, however, you’ll soon discover that there are far more careers than meets the eye – it’s certainly not all about doctors and nurses.
Hundreds, even thousands, of people are put off entering the healthcare profession because they feel like they’re not qualified or cut-out to become doctors and nurses, and that they can’t afford to spend the money studying for a doctorate and taking years to qualify. This doesn’t have to be the case though. Sure, doctors and nurses are the most popular careers in the healthcare profession, but they’re by no means the only ones.
In order to work in the NHS as a midwife, you do need to have some qualifications – as you would expect. You would need to obtain a ‘pre-registration’ qualification at degree level. You can enter the profession at various levels, however, with some possessing no initial qualifications, but having undertaken a number of relevant work experience placements that might include working as a healthcare assistant, and showing signs of their academic ability.
To get a qualification in midwifery, you would need to undertake a combination of modules at your chosen college or University, and placements in hospitals and medical practices where you would be working in supervised conditions by qualified midwives to help you to obtain the best qualification so you’re ready for everything the career has to throw at you.
Responding to any and every emergency situation, paramedics are often the first on the scene of an accident or the first to meet a patient so you would need to be ready for action and able to adapt to various surroundings and situations. Paramedics work closely with the doctors and nurses at the local hospitals, briefing them as the patient arrives and explaining what treatments have already been administered.
To get into the profession, you need to have five GCSEs (including maths, English and a science), and then two ‘A’ level (or equivalent) qualifications. You would then need to go through a period of training to ensure that you are ready for everything that being a paramedic could possibly throw at you. After this you have the option to take on further training that will allow you to qualify for a position as a senior paramedic, and even to become an air ambulance paramedic who would be sent out to calls in remote areas or extreme incidents where fast action is required, such as road traffic accidents or riders being thrown from their horses.