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Recruitment support for the armed forces community

The NHS is recruiting now. We're looking for people like you who can bring their strengths, skills, and experience to a career in the health service. Learn about our recruitment support for the armed forces community.

Our workforce

Our workforce is key to delivering modern and sustainable health services. We have over 180,000 employees working across the health service in more than 350 careers.

Discover some of the roles available in the NHS.

NHSScotland employers

There are 14 regional health boards across Scotland. Eight national boards provide specialist and national services to support our regional health boards.

Find out more about NHSScotland employers.

Armed forces qualifications

You may be unsure how the NHS will recognise your qualifications and experience. When you’re applying for a role, we may request specific qualifications or ask you to describe the equivalent experience from your armed forces career. 

Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) can help you understand your qualifications. You can learn more about the framework and the level of your qualifications on the SCQF Support for Veterans web page.

Transferable skills

Transferable skills are the skills you can use in lots of different jobs. You’ll develop them at work, in education, and in your social life.

Think about the skills you can bring to a role in the NHS. For advice, read our blog post on How to write about transferable skills for your NHSScotland job application.

Recruitment process

You may have yet to experience recruitment outside of the armed forces. We want to give you the information you need to apply successfully.

Like the armed forces, NHSScotland is a values-driven organisation. Our recruitment process will assess your technical competencies and how well you align with our values.

Find out more about NHSScotland's core values.

How to apply

To view NHSScotland vacancies, search our recruitment website. You can use filters to view job adverts based on job type, location, and grade.

When searching for vacancies, you'll see that each job description includes minimum criteria. Knowing the SCQF level of your qualifications will help when you apply. Your qualifications and experience could also be suited to jobs you've yet to think about.

You'll need to complete an online application form for roles you are interested in. Once you've found a role you'd like to apply for, set up or log in to your online account. Follow each of the steps to complete your application.

Check out our step-by-step guide to applying for a job in NHSScotland.


If we invite you to interview, it's essential to prepare. Think about the questions we might ask you. It's essential to tell us why you want to work in the NHS and how your skills, knowledge, and experience are a good match for the role.

Learn more about the NHSScotland recruitment process.

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Meet the team

Meet the team

The team bring their knowledge and experience to support the armed forces community and NHS employers. Discover how the Armed Forces Talent Programme team can help you.

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We're recruiting

Visit our recruitment website to view all our vacancies across Scotland. You can submit your job application online in a few easy steps.

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