Careers Information health & social information For SchOOLs, Colleges & Careers Advisers - Surrey Heartlands Health and care partnership

We offer a number of activities and programmes that can support students with understanding the range of careers available within the health and social care sector.

This web page provides information on:

  • Step into the NHS competition for key stage 3
  • Learn Live career broadcasts for schools and colleges
  • Health ambassadors available for careers talks in schools and colleges
  • Health and social care careers events taking place this academic year
  • Requests for NHS representation at school and college careers events
  • Careers resources
  • Financial support for undergraduate
  • Support for staff continuing professional development
  • Primary school resources

Step into the NHS competition

Designed for key stage 3, students investigate careers, create a job description and produce an advertisement to promote a career of interest using whatever media they would like. For example film, poster, presentation, leaflet or website. Students can work individually or in groups of up to 4. Due to the range of careers available students can investigate careers from healthcare science, IT, catering and finance, to engineering and construction.

This competition can be run as part of a PSHE lessons, embedded within the curriculum or used as part of homework activities.

Mapped to Gatsby benchmarks, it can be used as evidence for: benchmark 2 - learning from careers and labour market information; benchmark 4 - linking curriculum learning to careers; benchmark 5. encounters with employers and employees.

If you would like to arrange a member of staff to introduce the competition to your students, please contact us.

Further information and resource packs can be found at:


Health & Social Care Broadcasts

A series of 20 – 30 minute broadcasts that can be watched live or on demand to promote different careers and will provide evidence for achieving Gatsby benchmarks. Each web-based broadcast focuses a particular topic and includes a Q&A style interview with a practitioner. If you watch a broadcast live, students can email in questions to be asked as part of the interview.

On demand broadcasts currently available are listed below:

For future broadcasts please see:

Careers Talks

In addition to general careers talks, we have a number of healthcare ambassadors that can provide specific careers talks to students. Types of talks available are listed below based on local areas.

North West Surrey (Staines, Chertsey, Weybridge, Woking): allied therapies (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietetics, speech and language therapy), ambulance service, operating department practice, midwifery, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, radiology, sciences, volunteers/work experience, learning disabilities

Surrey Downs (Epsom, Leatherhead, Dorking): TBC

Guildford & Waverley (including Cranleigh, Godalming): administration, allied therapies (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietetics, speech and language therapy), ambulance service, cardiology, emergency planning, healthcare science, operating department practice, ophthalmology, management, midwifery, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, radiotherapy, theatres and critical care.

North East Surrey (Redhill, Reigate): allied therapies (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietetics, speech and language therapy), ambulance service, operating department practice, midwifery, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, radiology, sciences, volunteers/work experience, learning disabilities

To request a careers talk please contact: gwccg.shcareers@nhs.net. Please note, due to limited capacity we are are only able to support requests from local authority funded / academy schools and in general will only be able to support one request per school in each academic year.

Health and Social Care Careers Fairs

To support students with career planning, we hold several evening careers events across Surrey for students and their parents. The events are designed to showcase the range of opportunities available within the sector, meet practitioners to discuss roles and skills required, inform students on the training, university and apprenticeship pathways available.

Events run each year as follows:

  • East Surrey - autumn term
  • North West Surrey - spring term
  • Guildford & Waverley - spring term

Please Note: Registration is required for these events as places are limited. Registration opens 2 months before each event and can be accessed via this page. Parents and students are recommended to register early.

School and College Careers Fairs

We will aim to support as many school and college careers events across Surrey as feasible. To request attendance at your event please email: gwccg.shcareers@nhs.net

Note for schools: priority is given to larger events supporting more than one school. The NHS is also represented at TEEN TECH and other local authority arranged events.

NHS Careers Resources

Careers booklets can be ordered for your school free of charge, for further details please see: https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/career-planning/career-advisers-and-teachers/teaching-resources/health-careers-literature

For general careers information and an interactive quiz to support students identify possible careers please see the health careers website.

Financial Support for NHS Careers

From September 2020, all nursing, midwifery and many allied health professional degree students will receive at least £5,000 a year. Eligible students can also receive up to £3,000 further funding. Maintenance grants of £5,000 will be available for:

  • Dietetics
  • Dental hygiene or dental therapy (level 5)
  • Occupational therapy
  • Operating department practitioner (level 5 and 6)
  • Orthoptics
  • Orthotics and prosthetics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry or chiropody
  • Radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic)
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Paramedicine
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing

Students will receive an additional £1,000 if they study specialisms were the NHS is struggling to recruit: mental health nursing, learning disability nursing, radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic), prosthetics and orthotics, orthoptics, podiatry. For more information and FAQS please see: www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/career-planning/study-and-training/considering-or-university/financial-support-university

Staff Continuing Professional Development

If you are a lecturer or IAG adviser and you would like further information or training relating to roles and careers within the health and social care sector, please get in contact. We also have a range of on-line training that may be of interest to you.

Primary Schools

Step into the NHS Resources

There are new KS2 resources to allow your pupils to explore a wide range of careers and help them better understand that all NHS careers are open to them, whatever their gender or background. See how the ready-made lesson plans and resources can fit into your schemes of work and introduce meaningful career-related learning to your pupils.

For further details please see https://www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk/primary-schools

Year 6 - Blood, Bones and Bodies Activity

The NHS are working with the University of Surrey to offer a science based session – Blood, Bones and Bodies that can be delivered in primary schools for students in year 6. This is available for Surrey state primary schools. Further details can be found here.

This page has been developed by Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership

Information on health and social care careers for students and parents can be here. Information for adults looking to start a career in health and social care can be found here.

For further information or additional support please contact gwccg.shcareers@nhs.net