Step Into Health

How it works

Step into Health is made up of NHS organisations which have pledged their support to the programme.

Through Step into Health, members of the Armed Forces community can connect to NHS organisations  to  set up training opportunities, clinical and general work placements, insight days and receive application support. The programme provides a dedicated pathway into a career in the NHS.

Who it is for

Step into Health is open to all service leavers, reservists, veterans, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers and the families of all of these.

Why work in the NHS?

There are more than 350 clinical and non-clinical roles within the NHS. Whatever your background, previous work experience and qualifications, you can find something that is suitable for you.

NHS organisations recognise the values and transferable skills that the Armed Forces community bring and recognise their compatibility with NHS roles.

Find out more about the different roles available and access career guides on the NHS jobs website.

What you can expect from Step into Health

NHS organisations that have pledged to Step into Health have dedicated people you can talk to about opportunities within their organisation. They will be able to provide more information on the careers available within their organisation, work placements, information days, give application guidance and answer questions on the wider NHS.

After registering yourself on our system, you’ll be able to get in touch with one our Step into Health contacts and speak directly to a dedicated person or team about opportunities within their organisation. Please note that due to the nature of COVID-19, volunteering, insight days, work experience or shadowing opportunities may not be available at this time. However, NHS employers are still on hand to offer recruitment support and advice regarding working in the NHS.

Information Days

Information days are an opportunity to gain an insight into what it’s like to work for the NHS.

Organised by employers, attending an information day is an opportunity for you to:

  • find out more about the NHS and its partners
  • learn about the wide range of jobs that are available
  • find out about training opportunities and work placements available within organisations
  • ask questions about recruitment processes within the NHS
  • get advice on demonstrating how military skills and experience transfer to NHS jobs
  • speak directly to employers to build relationships within the NHS
  • network with other members of the Armed Forces community
  • connect with other members of the Armed Forces community working in NHS
  • organisations who have the experience of making the transition from military life to civilian employment.

Some organisations will offer information days that are tailored to a specific career within the NHS. Many days also offer a more general insight into the NHS and showcase a number of roles and departments.