Career stories


Eugene qualified as a mental health nurse despite not doing well at school. He tells us how he became a nurse consultant working with children.


Carol works as an electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) charge nurse. Read her story as she tells us why she finds it such a rewarding career.


Janey likes the way that nurses and domestic assistants work together as a team. Watch her video now.


Pete works in an outpatient department, taking care of renal patients throughout their dialysis treatment. Watch his video now.


Amy started her career as a modern apprentice in business administration. Modern apprenticeships are great opportunities to get started in the NHS.


Watch Michelle's video and see how she retrained as a pharmacy support worker, after working in the NHS as a domestic and admin assistant.


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


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.


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


Clodagh completed the Clinical Scientist Training Programme to become a qualified clinical engineer in the NHS.


Sarah is a newly-qualified clinical scientist. Learn about her career journey into clinical engineering.


Andrea decided to return to practice while she was considering early retirement. Watch her video now.


Natalie felt the urge to return to physiotherapy when she returned to Scotland from Canada. Watch her return to practice journey now.


Ursula stopped practising as an occupational therapist to concentrate on her family. Watch her return to practice video now.


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


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


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


For Healthcare Estates and Facilities Day 2022, Steven told us what makes him proud to be a portering supervisor.


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


Kate started her NHS career as a domestic assistant 10 years ago. Now a domestic supervisor, Kate shares her career story.


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


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


Harry worked as a theatre support worker before applying to do a Pre-registration Diploma in Operating Department Practice.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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!


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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