Career stories

Alex

Alex McMahon is the Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland. Discover Alex's nursing career journey and what makes him proud to be a nurse.

Jaki

Jaki Lambert is Director for Scotland at the Royal College of Midwives. Read her midwifery journey and why she is passionate about being a midwife.

Gearoid

Gearoid's dual role means he spends time teaching in a university and working as a mental health nurse.

Tom

Tom wanted to be a chemical engineer, but after working as an auxiliary nurse, he realised that healthcare professional was the right path for him.

Kelsie

Kelsie knew that the community was where she wanted to start her career after one of her placements. Watch her video to find out more.

Alix

Alix tells us how it was seeing some posters about midwifery while at university that gave her a sense of belonging.

Elaine

Elaine always dreamed of being a children's nurse. She is now a community staff nurse in the Midlothian Immunisation Team.

Maria

Maria is Lead Midwife at NES. After a clinical career as a midwife, she is now just as passionate about supporting other midwives in their careers.

Karen

Karen has over 40 years' experience as a nurse and midwife. She is now Director of Nursing at NHS Education for Scotland.

Hannah

Hannah was inspired by her aunty to look into the Pre-registration Diploma in Operating Department Practice.

Harry

Harry worked as a theatre support worker before deciding to start the ODP training programme.

Janette

Janette decided to join the ODP training course as her experiences as a healthcare support worker gave her skills which transferred to the role.

Ruth

Ruth worked in a school as a science technician for many years, before retraining as an operating department practitioner.

Mark

Mark started studying to be an operating department practitioner in 1989, while still serving in the army.

Kirsty

Kirsty always knew she wanted to work in the health service, but had no idea in what role. After reading about audiology, she decided it was a good fit.

Gillian

Gillian knew she wanted to become a healthcare scientist and the healthcare support worker role was the perfect opportunity for her.

Nadia

Nadia became a biomedical scientist in a healthcare setting so she could use her knowledge of science to help save lives and improve patient care.

Lynne

Lynne discovered healthcare science through her university placements, when she found there was a whole world in the NHS she had no idea about.

Alisha

Alisha had always been interested in working the NHS and found out about our apprenticeship programmes online.

Chloe

My favourite part of my job is that I know I'm making a difference to people's lives in the hospital.

Rebecca

Rebecca is a prescribing support pharmacy technician, who started her career in pharmacy by doing a Modern Apprenticeship.

Morven

Morven was already working as a domestic assistant when she applied to do a Modern Apprenticeship.

Marcella

Marcella started her career in the NHS by doing a Modern Apprenticeship in Business and Administration. She now works as an occupational health administrator.

Ethan

Ethan says the Modern Apprenticeship gave him a stepping stone into healthcare. He's now started advanced training as an assistant theatre practitioner.

Bartek

Bartek is working as a Modern Apprentice electrical engineer. He is currently in the second year of his apprenticeship.

Ruth

Ruth started her career in the NHS by doing a Modern Apprenticeship in Business and Administration. She now works as risk co-ordinator in NHS Borders.

Matthew

Matthew works as a maintenance engineer at NHS Grampian, where he completed a Modern Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering.

Toni

Toni says the most rewarding thing about her job is helping colleagues publish content on the NHS Inform website. Find out about her Modern Apprenticeship experience.

Sarah

Sarah says the communications team at NHS 24 have been so lovely and welcoming and always provide support with her apprenticeship!

Hayley

Find out why Hayley thinks doing a Modern Apprenticeship is an excellent opportunity to help her progress in her career.

Callum

Callum is a modern apprentice mechanical engineer. He always wanted to go into engineering and an apprenticeship in the NHS provided the perfect opportunity.

Amy

Amy is a healthcare support worker modern apprentice, working in the Physio at Home team in NHS Lothian.

Megan

Megan started her career in the NHS by doing a Modern Apprenticeship. Find out about her career journey so far.

Aidan

Aidan decided to do a Modern Apprenticeship to get work experience and additional learning to help him reach is career goals.

Thomas

Thomas says that working as an apprentice mechanical engineer is a very rewarding job.

Mira

Mira recently became a qualified dental nurse after completing a Modern Apprenticeship programme.

Gavin

After recovering from a life-changing illness in his early twenties, Gavin was inspired to find a career where he was able to help people and make a difference.

Sophie

After a difficult period in her life, Sophie applied for the Prince's Trust Get Into Healthcare programme to get her career back on track!

Chris

Job security, a pension, and career development opportunities attracted Chris to working in the NHS.

Laura

Laura says the great thing about the NHS is that your career path can go in any direction!

Evan

Evan started his NHSScotland career by doing work experience in his local hospital.

Sofie

Sofie did a ‘gap year’ after leaving school, working in retail to save money and figure out what to do next.

Stuart

Find out how Stuart got started in the Scottish Ambulance Service and his career journey to becoming an ambulance technician.

Angela

Angela is the NHS Western Isles Parkinson's disease specialist nurse and this is her story.

Richard

Richard says together, our NHS is doing amazing work every day. You can be part of that.

Kari

Kari served in the Corps of Royal Engineers before finding a role as a project manager in the NHS.

Fergus

After serving in the Royal Navy, find out how Fergus fulfilled his life-long dream of becoming a speech and language therapist.

Shelagh

Shelagh's a procurement officer helping with the COVID-19 response. She's also the spouse of an army corporal.

Sandy

Sandy became an NHSScotland compliance officer after a career in the military as a Royal Army Medical Corps biomedical scientist.

Martin

After 22 years in the Royal Army Medical Corps, Martin's now a director at National Services Scotland.

Peter

Working in a large maintenance team, Peter says that communication is an important skill for his role.

Lisa

Lisa is a prosthetics and orthotics technician with the Mobility and Rehabilitation Service (MARS) at NHS Grampian.

Siobhain

Working as a community midwife, Siobhain provides support to women and their families during pregnancy, labour and after the baby has been born.

Rohan

Rohan's job as a health economist combines his background in life sciences and clinical research with social policy.

Ebonny

Ebonny is a children's nurse. Find out how she got started in her nursing career.

James

James is a catering production assistant. He tells us how he got started in the NHS and his future career goals.

Richard

Richard is a healthcare support worker in a busy mental health service.

Derrick

Derrick is a receptionist working in an NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde hospital.

Kelly

Kelly says the key skills she needs to do her job well are good communication, team work and attention to detail.

Alex

Alex is a domestic supervisor working in an NHS hospital. He tells us how he got started in the NHS and is career goals for the future.