Changing career?

Are you looking for a new challenge or are you thinking about a complete change of career? Would you like to retrain for a healthcare profession?

NHSScotland has a huge variety of full-time and part-time jobs available. We recruit people of all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience. We also offer an excellent benefits package for all employees.

Transferable skills

Transferable skills are skills that are useful for most jobs. Through work, study or hobbies, you may have a lot of the skills NHSScotland is looking for.

For more information on transferable skills, and to watch our animation, visit our transferable skills blog post.

Work experience

If you’re thinking of changing career, doing a work placement could help you when applying to college, university or for a job in healthcare. You’ll learn new skills, improve your knowledge and discover what it’s like to work in the health service.

Find out how to apply for NHS work experience. There may also be opportunities to volunteer.

Widening participation

There are many routes into an NHSScotland career.

Lots of applicants for nursing and midwifery courses left school years ago. Some of these candidates used their existing healthcare experience to apply. Some have no formal qualifications but can still join an access course which will lead them to higher education.

Find out more about the Scottish Widening Access Programme (SWAP). Some universities also offer their own widening access programmes.

Recognition of Prior Learning

You may have left school with no formal qualifications but have been working for many years. In this case, the skills and experience you have gained while working could be useful for your new role with NHSScotland.

With Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) you can get recognition for the learning you have done in your workplace. This can help you achieve your new role with NHSScotland.

What is the SCQF?

The national qualifications framework for Scotland is called the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

The framework is for all learners, whether you are:

  • at school
  • at college or university
  • an adult returning to education
  • considering getting into learning
  • wanting to re-skill or change career
  • a student from outside Scotland

If you are not sure what course or training is right for you, then use the framework to help you understand your options. The framework will help plan your learning and develop your progression routes.

Further help on careers and learning is also available at My World of Work.


You may be keen to complete a degree, diploma or other formal training before you start your new career. This path could lead you to becoming a:

There is no age limit for starting your training and any experience you can bring will be an asset. You might also get some financial support while training. Find out more at the SAAS website.

Next steps

To find information about roles available in NHSScotland, including the entry requirements, explore our careers. You can also view our current job opportunities.