Shape your future

Whether you’re in education, searching for your first job, or thinking about changing careers, NHSScotland offers lots of opportunities. With over 350 different careers, you’ll find one that’s right for you.

Now is a great time to start your career in the NHS.

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A job for you, a job for all

The NHS is here for us all 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

We’re the largest employer in Scotland, with a workforce of over 177,000. We all work together to deliver high-quality services that protect the health and wellbeing of over 5 million people living in Scotland every day.

We're not what you think

There are many misconceptions about working in the NHS. Not all roles require you to have a university degree. You might think that you'd always be providing direct patient care, or you don't have the right skills to work in the health service.

In fact, there are over 350 different roles and lots of different routes into the NHS.

You could do an apprenticeship or apply for a training programme. You might have transferable skills from work or school. Volunteering or work experience are also good ways for you to learn about working in the NHS.

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Careers that will surprise you

It might surprise you that not everyone in the NHS workforce delivers patient care on the front line. But we all contribute to making a difference and helping others.

Whichever role you choose, you’ll be helping to deliver the best service to patients, their families, carers, and the public.

How to apply

You can search our recruitment site to view all our vacancies. Click on a job that interests you, then download and read the application pack. Our application packs include lots of helpful information about the job to help you decide if it’s the right one for you.

When you've found a job you’d like to do, click apply, then complete your online application.

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Find the career for you in NHSScotland

Whatever your skills, knowledge, or experience, there's a career in the NHS for you. Download our guide for career inspiration.

Our values

NHSScotland has a career for anyone who shares our values. Let’s learn more about them.