Administrative staff may work in a range of roles to ensure the effective running of a department or whole NHS organisation.
Adult Nurse
Adult Nurses are primarily concerned with nursing sick and injured adults back to health in both hospital and community settings.
Ambulance Care Assistant
Ambulance care assistants transport non-emergency patients to and from hospital.
Ambulance Technician
Ambulance Technicians assist paramedics in accident and emergency work.
Anaesthetists are doctors who administer drugs in the form of anaesthetics to patients and monitor the condition of patients as they undergo treatment, such as surgery.
Anatomical Pathology Technician
Anatomical Pathology Technicians assist Pathologists (Doctors) in conducting post mortems – vital to understanding the causes of death and enabling promotion of good health in others.
Art Therapist
Art Therapists enable their clients to communicate, to express their feelings, and to explore their lives and problems through art work.
Audiologist and Hearing Therapist
Audiologists identify and assess hearing and/or balance disorders, recommending and providing appropriate rehabilitation and management.
Biomedical Scientist
Biomedical Scientists carry out a range of laboratory tests to assist doctors in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Cardiac Physiologist
Cardiac Physiologists carry out investigations into the functioning of the heart and equipment fitted to help the heart, such as pacemakers.
Cardiographers work in the cardiac department of a hospital, operating the machines which monitor the functioning of the heart.
Cardiologists are qualified doctors who diagnose, assess and manage patients with diseases of the heart and vascular system.
Catering Staff
Catering staff are responsible for providing food to patients and staff.
Chaplains are salaried NHS employees, ministering both to patients and to NHS staff.
Children’s Nurse
Children’s nurses care for sick children and provide support to their families.
Clinical biochemist
Clinical biochemists produce and interpret the results of chemical and biochemical analyses performed on blood and other body fluids to help in the diagnosis and management of disease.”
Clinical Cytogeneticist
Clinical Cytogeneticists are experts in studying chromosomes from samples of human blood, tissue, bone marrow or other bodily fluids, which is very important in diagnosing genetic diseases.
Clinical Embryologist
Clinical Scientists in Embryology, or Clinical Embryologists investigate the many scientific areas of infertility.
Clinical Engineer
Clinical Engineers or Bio-Engineers design equipment for monitoring, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation or research.
Clinical Immunologist
Clinical Scientists in Immunology (or Clinical Immunologists) undertake researching and investigation of the immune system.
Clinical Microbiologist
Clinical Microbiologists, or Clinical Scientist in Microbiology, deal with identifying bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections.
Clinical Scientist in Histocompatability and Immunogenetics
Clinical Scientists in Histocompatability and Immunogenetics are mostly involved in the genetic matching of donors with patients.
Communications/Public Relations (PR) Manager
Communications and PR Managers have a role in making information about their organisation accessible to patients, staff and the public.
Computing Staff
Computing staff work in the broad area of Information, Communication and Technology maintaining networks, hardware and software systems used by professionals, managerial and support staff.
Counsellors provide support through “talking therapy” to patients and service users in many areas of healthcare.
critical care technologist
Critical care technologists are specially trained healthcare scientists with expert knowledge of the physiology and technology involved in the delivery of critical care
Cervical Cytology Screeners use a microscope to examine cells to screen for abnormalities that may be the first signs of cervical cancer.
Dental Hygienist
Dental Hygienists carry out such procedures as scaling and polishing teeth, and applying topical fluoride and fissure sealants to maintain a healthy mouth, teeth and gums.
Dental Nurse
Dental Nurses support the dentist in all aspects of patient care, including getting the appropriate instruments ready, mixing materials and ensuring patient comfort.
Dental Technician
Dental Technicians make the dentures, crowns, bridges and dental braces that improve patients’ appearance, speech and their ability to chew.
Dental Therapist
Dental Therapists support Dentists by carrying out a range of routine procedures and treatments prescribed by the Dentist.
Dentists care for the teeth and gums and may work in hospital or community settings
Dietitians work with people to promote nutritional wellbeing, prevent food-related problems and treat disease.
Doctors diagnose symptoms and recommend treatment for patients.
Donor Carer
Donor Carers look after blood donors when they are donating blood.
Drama Therapist
Drama Therapists encourage clients to experience their physicality, to re-examine their existing beliefs, attitudes and feelings, and try out new, alternative ways of acting – or living – in the world.
Emergency Medical Dispatcher
Emergency Medical Dispatchers deal with urgent calls to the Ambulance service and help to mobilise and control Accident and Emergency vehicles.
Estates & Facilities Management
Estates and Facilities Managers ensure that the built environment provides safe, secure, comfortable and welcoming healthcare facilities for patients, carers, visitors and staff.
Finance Manager
Finance Managers are responsible for ensuring that NHS funds are appropriately allocated and accounted for.
Gardeners will be responsible for the propogation and cultivation of plants, shrubs and lawns at NHS premises.
Gastroenterology Technician
Gastroenterology Technicians use various instruments to measure pressure and acidity in the alimentary canal.
General Manager
General Managers work alongside clinical staff in organising the provision and delivery of healthcare.
General Practitioner
GPs see patients in surgeries and their own homes to diagnose medical conditions and recommend appropriate treatment.
Grounds staff maintain the physical environment outside of buildings.
Gynaecologists are qualified doctors who treat diseases and disorders of the female reproductive system.
Health Care Assistant
Health Care Assistants work within hospital or community settings under the guidance of a qualified Healthcare Professional.
Health Education and Promotion Officer
The role of Health promotion/Education staff involves planning and implement policies to promote good health and prevent disease.
Health Informatics Staff
Health informatics staff provide the knowledge, skills and tools which enable information to be collected, managed, used and shared to support the delivery of healthcare and to promote health.
Health Records Staff
Health Records staff collate, organise, retrieve and archive patient or client records.
Health Support Worker
Health Support Workers provide care/treatment to patients under the supervision of a Healthcare Professional.
Health Visitor
A Health Visitor is a qualified nurse who has undertaken specialist training on the promotion of health and prevention of illness primarily for children aged under five.
High intensity therapist
High intensity therapists work with clients who have a range of complex problems related to anxiety and depression.
Hospital Play Specialist
Hospital play specialists lead playful activities and use play as therapeutic tool.
Hotel Services Staff
Staff in these careers are responsible for ensuring that staff have a comfortable stay whilst receiving healthcare within the NHS.
Housekeepers manage a range of services on the ward, including cleaning, catering and linen.
Human Resources/Personnel Manager
Human Resource (HR) Managers are responsible for the recruitment, selection, appraisal, development and training of staff.
Information Management Staff
Information management is about using information to make informed decisions and set priorities for the provision of healthcare.
Laboratory Assistant
Laboratory staff are clinical support staff who work in pathology laboratories helping doctors and scientists to diagnose and treat disease.
Learning Disability Nurse
Learning Disability Nurses work with people with learning disabilities to help them become as independent as possible.
Library Services Staff
Library staff work as part of Knowledge Management – supporting health professionals and management staff in their education, training and development and professional practice.
Linen/Laundry Services Manager
Laundry work involves taking items of clothing or linen from wards and other patient areas, providing an appropriate cleaning service and returning items appropriately finished.
Health Service Managers are responsible for the delivery and commissioning of local health care, through the management of hospital, family and community health services.
Medical Illustrator/ clinical Photographer
Medical illustrators/photographers provide a wide range of medical photography and graphic services to all staff working in medical and paramedical areas.
Medical Laboratory Assistant
Medical Laboratory Assistants are clinical support staff, who work in laboratories, helping doctors and scientists to diagnose and treat disease.
Medical Physicist
Medical Physicists use their scientific knowledge in such treatments as supervising the dose of radiation to treat a cancer tumour or developing techniques to show what is happening in the body e.g. x-ray, nuclear medicine.
Mental Health Nurse
Mental Health Nurses care for people with mental health problems in hospitals and in the community.
Midwives offer individual care to women and their families and help them take part in their own care planning during pregnancy.
Molecular Geneticist
Molecular Geneticists use chemical examination of cellular DNA to define genetic abnormalities.
Music Therapist
Music Therapists facilitate interaction and development of insight into clients’ behaviour and emotional difficulties through music.
Neurophysiology Technician
Neurophysiological Technicians set up and operate the electronic equipment which records electrical activity of the brain and nervous system.
Neurosurgeons are doctors who deal with the diagnosis and treatment of processes affecting the nervous system.
Nurses work in a variety of settings to directly provide and manage the care directly of individual patients.
Nursery staff
Nursery staff provide care for children up to five years old.
Nursing Assistant
Nursing Assistants work under the guidance of qualified Nurses to provide basic patient care.
Obstetricians are qualified doctors who deal principally with the management of pregnancy and childbirth.
Occupational Therapist
Occupational Therapists help people to overcome physical, psychological or social problems arising from illness or disability, by concentrating on what they are able to achieve, rather than on their disabilities.
Operating Department Practitioner
Operating Department Practitioners work as part of the theatre team to help ensure every operation is as safe and effective as possible.
Ophthalmologists are doctors who specialise in the medical and surgical management of conditions of the eye.
Optometrist/ophthalmic optician
An Optometrist performs eyesight tests and examinations and prescribes corrective lenses or spectacles to those who need them.
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry concerned with the growth of the face.
Orthopaedic Technician
Orthopaedic Technicians work in Trauma and Orthopaedic clinics where they undertake and apply plastering techniques to patients.
Orthoptists assess and manage a range of eye problems, mainly those affecting the way the eyes move.
Orthotists provide a range of splints, braces and special footwear to aid movement, correct deformity and relieve discomfort.
Paediatricians are qualified doctors who specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and care of children.
Painter and Decorator
Painters and Decorators are employed to maintain the decor of NHS buildings and other structures
Paramedics are the senior members of accident and emergency ambulance crews, trained in all aspects of pre-hospital emergency care and in emergency driving.
Pathologists are qualified doctors who study the causes of diseases and specialise in their detection.
Perfusion Scientists and are members of the open-heart surgery team who are mainly responsible for the operation of the heart-lung machine.
Pharmacists are experts in Drugs and Medicine and can be involved in all aspects of their use, preparation, discovery and development and the monitoring of effects.
Pharmacy Technician
Pharmacy Technicians prepare and deliver drugs, store incoming drugs and make up sterile preparations.
Phlebotomists take blood from patients for examination in laboratories.
Physiological Scientist
Physiological Scientists use highly specialised equipment to monitor treatment and help in the diagnosis of disease.
Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP)
The PWPs provide high volume, low intensity interventions for clients with mild to moderate depression.
Physiotherapists treat the physical problems caused by accidents, illness and ageing, particularly those that affect the muscles, bones, heart, circulation and lungs.
Podiatrists, or chiropodists, specialise in the lower limb and foot in healthy condition.
Porters move patients between different departments and wards in safety and comfort and transport complex and valuable equipment that may need expert handling.
Practice Manager
Practice Managers work within the Primary Care sector, where they manage the overall running of general practices (GP surgeries).
Prosthetists provide artificial replacements for patients who have lost or were born without a limb.
Psychiatrists are qualified doctors who diagnose and treat patients with mental health conditions.
Psychologists bring psychological theory and practice to bear on solving problems or bringing about improvements for individuals, groups and organisations.
Psychotherapists use a psychological approach to treat adults and children for a wide range of mental and physical difficulties.
Radiographer Assistant
Radiographer Assistants assist qualified Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiographers.
Radiographer – Diagnostic
Diagnostic Radiographers produce and interpret high-quality images used in the diagnosis of injury and disease.
Radiographer – Therapeutic
Therapeutic Radiographers are specialists in cancer treatment and treat patients through the use of high doses of radiation.
Radiologists are qualified doctors who work in the medical specialities of Clinical Radiology (diagnostic imaging) and Clinical Oncology (cancer treatment).
Respiratory Physiology Technician
Respiratory Physiology Technicians (RPTs) perform a wide range of investigations to aid in the diagnosis of any respiratory disorders, such as asthma and emphysema.
Secretarial Staff
Within a hospital, Medical Secretaries usually work for a consultant or a group of consultants. Within a GPs surgery they can work for one or a group of doctors.
Speech & Language Therapist
Speech and Language Therapists work with people who have problems with communication, including speech defects, or with chewing or swallowing.
Sterile Services Manager
Sterile Services Managers are responsible for the sterile supplies needed for patient care and for ensuring that medical equipment is disinfected.
Stores staff look after general stock taking and the collection and delivery of stores to wards, clinics and departments.
Surgeons are qualified doctors who specialise in operating on particular parts of the body or to address specific injuries, diseases or degenerative conditions.
Technical Instructor
Technical Instructors assist qualified Occupational Therapists, and install supportive devices in patients’ homes and in the community.
Therapy Assistant
Therapy Assistants work within hospital or community settings under the guidance of a qualified Healthcare Professional.
Ward Clerk
Ward Clerks work under the guidance, supervision and instruction of the Ward Manager and other qualified staff on a hospital ward.
Please note that this list is not exhaustive and that other roles exist within the NHS.

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