Careers in the NHS

Explore this webpage to find out more about different NHS careers. As well as finding general information about careers in the NHS you will also find information about specific routes and opportunities with Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Think of a career in the NHS – what did you think of?


Careers in the NHS are so much more diverse than doctors and nurses, in fact there are over 350 different careers in the NHS. Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with Unloc, want to help you connect the skills, qualities and interests you have with those needed for a career in the NHS.

Careers in the NHS: Art Therapy

Wednesday 28th April 2021 - 16:15 -17:00

Join this webinar on Wednesday 28th April 16:15 – 17:00 to hear from Kat Leggett – Art Psychotherapist, in Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust’s West Hampshire Community Learning Disability Team. 

Kat will share the route she took into becoming an art therapist and how she knew it was the right career for her, as well as what a ‘typical’ day in her role is like.

There will be the opportunity for a Q&A with Kat at the end of the webinar & we welcome any questions you have!

art therapy

Careers in the NHS: Sustainability

Wednesday 5th May 2021 - 16:15 -17:00

Join this webinar on Wednesday 5th May 16:15 – 17:00 to hear Grace Ryder speak about how she got into her role as Energy & Sustainability Manager for Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Reaching net zero carbon emissions is a goal many organisations, including the NHS, are proactively working towards in response to the climate emergency. Join this webinar to find out more about Grace’s role, how it connects to the bigger picture of NHS Improvement ‘For a Greener NHS’, and why she chose to work for the NHS.

There will be the opportunity for a Q&A with Grace at the end of the webinar & we welcome any questions you have!

Careers in the NHS: Psychologist

Wednesday 12th May 2021 - 16:15 -17:00

Join this webinar on Wednesday 12th May 16:15 – 17:00 to hear from Matt Symes – Consultant Clinical Psychologist, in Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust’s West Hampshire Community Learning Disability Team and Southampton Autism Assessment Service. 

If you have an interest in psychology or are interested in a career in medicine and would like to find out more about routes to specialise then join us to find out more! Matt will speak about his personal journey to becoming a consultant psychologist, what he loves about his job and the variety of possibilities for psychologists in the NHS.

There will be the opportunity for a Q&A with Matt at the end of the webinar & we welcome any questions you have!

Careers in the NHS: Legal Executive

Wednesday 19th May 2021 - 16:15 -17:00

Join this webinar on Wednesday 19th May 16:15 – 17:00 to hear from Tiffany Hallett – Legal Property Manager at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

If you have an interest in a career in law join this webinar to find out about Tiffany’s route to becoming a legal executive, starting as a retail assistant, via roles in insurance and administration through to further study, funded by the NHS, to become a legal executive. 

Tiffany will also speak about the huge variety of opportunities she has had in her role, the challenges she has overcome and why she loves her work in order to give you an insight into the different opportunities and training routes relating to law.

There will be the opportunity for a Q&A with Tiffany at the end of the webinar & we welcome any questions you have!

Routes into the NHS

Take the test to see how your skills & interests match with careers in the NHS

Not sure what careers is right for you, but want to explore what jobs there are in the NHS?

To find out more about all the careers possibilities and routes into the NHS you can visit the following sites.

Routes into Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust provides community health, specialist mental health and learning disability services for people across the South of England. If you live in Hampshire or the New Forest, Southern Health are one of your local NHS providers delivering care for our community. 

Find out role about different routes into a career working with Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust below including: Apprenticeships, Work experience & Current Vacancies.

Work experience & Volunteering

When applying for jobs or university it is really important to have real-life experience that shows you are interested in the role you are applying for and show you will be able to do it. Building your experience and trying different things also helps you to figure out what you want to do, what you like and what you don’t like so you can find the perfect career for you. 

Volunteer with Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

You need to be over 18 to volunteer with Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, but you can support their charity Brighterway by fundraising for them whatever age you are!

Other volunteering opportunities