Job satisfaction and career focus – are you giving something back?

Published: 27 April 2015

In a world where people are placing more emphasis on making a difference and giving something back, it might be time to consider a career with the NHS. Play your part in improving NHS efficiencies, whilst still providing high quality patient care. As one of the largest employers in the world, the NHS has over 1.3 million staff and caters to a population of over 60 million, making it a world renowned brand. Despite governmental budget cuts, the NHS job market remains buoyant, with over 12,000 live jobs now available on NHS Jobs.

As an organisation, the staff collectively possess a collective sense of both belonging and purpose, have clearly-defined career paths and unprecedented challenges. This is not a career for the feint hearted, but the structural change programme in place can offer exemplary career opportunities for those who are willing and able to excel. It is one of only a few organisations where all employees demonstrate and work towards the same organisational aims and objectives, one of which is to deliver the best possible care to its patients. In functional roles such as HR and Finance, the focus has been to attract talent from outside of the public sector to entice a different mentality to really drive efficiency.  

The NHS operates through an Agenda for Change (AfC) pay rate system. The pay system enables employees to clearly see how they are able to move up to the next pay point.

In addition to basic salary, here are some of the benefits you will enjoy with a career within the NHS:

  • 27 days annual leave plus eight general and public holidays, rising to 33 days after ten years’ service
  • Pay enhancements to reward out of hours, shift and overtime working
  • Personal development reviews allowing employees to achieve their career aspirations
  • One of the UK’s most substantial pension schemes.

It is evident that the NHS can really offer its workforce progression, challenge, change and proficiency. Individuals can experience a career which is not only rewarding but fulfilling. The NHS can be every bit as unique as one in a commercial organisation, but with the additional benefit of giving something back.

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