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Education leavers - have you thought about joining the NHS?!

Recruitment for the NHS has never been more vital. The future of England’s health and social care system relies on its people, and having enough staff is essential to delivering the best possible care for patients.

Whether you've just received your exam results or are looking for a way into the NHS, in their latest recruitment campaign there is a real cry for nursing and midwifery students as well as Healthcare Support Worker or Maternity Support Workers.

Interested? See below for more information on how you can access these opportunities now.

University route - for nursing and midwifery

The UCAS Clearing period (from now until 17 October) means there is an opportunity for you to re-think your options. If you’re having second thoughts after results day, a nursing or midwifery degree could open up a new world of possibilities. If you are looking to end up in a job with impact, a career in the NHS gives you the opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives and it's not too late to apply to study nursing and midwifery at a range of universities.


Studying a nursing degree will open you up to a whole world of possibilities, with a rewarding role that has more than 50 different specialisms including mental health, learning disabilities, surgery and neonatal nursing. What's more, those who choose to attend university to study nursing could be eligible for the NHS Learning Support Fund, which will guarantee a grant of £5,000 a year, as well as specialist payments for studying mental health or learning disability nursing.


A midwifery degree offers hands-on training where you’ll be able to make a difference through a range of different placements while you are learning. You could be on track to one of the most unique, rewarding and important jobs – helping bring new life into the world, and eligible students can also receive a £5,000 training grant to support their studies as part of a wider package of financial support.

Check out these videos for an insight from other students:

On-the-job route - for Healthcare Support Worker and Maternity Support Worker roles

University isn’t for everyone and if want to gain practical on-the-job experience that makes a real difference, the Healthcare Support Worker (HCW) or Maternity Support Worker (MSW) role could be for you.

No two days are the same. As an HCSW, you’ll support patients through their treatment and make a real difference to their journey back to health.

As an MSW you'll be at the frontline of a family's journey through pregnancy, childbirth and the first few days of birth. With the NHS's world-class training and development, you’ll be able to take your career anywhere you want – you could even go on to be a qualified nurse or midwife.

Check out these videos for an insight from other students:

To find out more about any of these opportunities, head to

Alternatively, drop into Skills Launchpad Plymouth on Tuesday 5 September, 10am to 12noon to chat with a representative from the NHS and our own Health and Care Coordinators about these opportunities. (We're located on the first floor of Barclays in the city centre)


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