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Developing Your NHS Career

Written on 12/13/11

The NHS is committed to offering development and learning opportunities for all full-time and part-time staff.

Moving on in the NHS

No matter where you start within the NHS you’ll have access to extra training and be given every opportunity to progress within the organisation. You will receive an annual personal development review and development plan to support your career progression and, as part of the Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF), within Agenda for Change, you will be encouraged to extend your range of skills and knowledge and take on new responsibilities.

For more information on the Knowledge and Skills Framework go to

Career Framework

The Career Framework has been designed to improve career development and job satisfaction for NHS employees.

It encourages individuals to learn new skills and take on extra responsibilities that enable them to progress within the organisation. Many people take on additional responsibility within their own area, while others retrain and move in to different roles.

The case study of Alan Cecil - describes how Alan has progressed within the allied health professions. You can follow his career path in the white boxes on the diagram below, alongside other potential paths in the different areas of the NHS.

The diagram below gives an illustration of a variety of NHS careers and where they may fit on the Career Framework. It is not exhaustive; details on other careers can be found in the relevant booklets and on the NHS careers website.

Career Framework diagram

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You can read how some find out more about the Career Framework on the Skills for Health website at

Help and advice for existing staff

If you are already working within the NHS and would like some advice on how to progress your career, the Health Learning and Skills adviceline offers advice and information on learning opportunities, funding for studies and the different types of support available to you whilst you’re learning. Health Learning and Skills adviceline staff have been specifically trained in health and social care careers and the service is available by calling, free of charge, 08000 150 850.

If you are interested in the latest hospital jobs then check out our nurse jobs homepage today!