• Acoustics consultant

    Acoustician, acoustics engineer

    Acoustics consultants help manage and control noise and vibrations in homes, workplaces and other environments.

  • Acupuncturist

    Acupuncturists insert needles into pressure points on clients' bodies to help relieve everyday stresses, and improve their wellbeing.

  • Ambulance care assistant

    Patient transport service driver, ambulance staff

    Ambulance care assistants take patients to and from hospital for appointments.

  • Anaesthetist

    Anaesthetists are doctors who give anaesthetics to patients before, during and after surgery.

  • Anatomical pathology technician

    APT, mortuary technician, anatomical pathology technologist

    Anatomical pathology technicians (APTs) help pathologists carry out post-mortems in mortuaries.

  • Art therapist

    Art psychotherapist

    Art therapists help people express difficult thoughts and feelings through creative activities.

  • Audiologist

    Audiologists work with children and adults who suffer from hearing loss, tinnitus, or have problems with balance.

  • Biomedical scientist

    Biomedical scientists screen patient samples and help doctors and healthcare professionals to diagnose and treat disease.

  • Care home advocate

    Resident representative

    Care home advocates make sure the views and wishes of residents in care homes are heard.

  • Care worker

    Care assistant, support worker, nursing home assistant

    Care workers help vulnerable people to manage their daily activities and to live as independently as possible.

  • Children's nurse

    Children's nurses provide care for children and young people with acute or long-term health problems.

  • Chiropractor

    Chiropractors manipulate joints, bones and soft tissue to help clients control pain or prevent injuries from re-occurring.

  • Clinical engineer

    Biomedical engineer, bio-engineer

    Clinical engineers design, develop and maintain equipment for diagnosing illness and treating patients.

  • Clinical psychologist

    Clinical psychologists help people to deal with mental health issues, phobias and addiction.

  • Clinical scientist

    Healthcare scientist

    Clinical scientists research and develop techniques and equipment to help prevent, diagnose and treat illness.

  • Cognitive behavioural therapist

    CBT, talking therapist, behavioural therapist

    Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) practitioners use talking therapy to help patients change negative patterns of thinking or behaviour.

  • Community matron

    Community matrons provide care and support to people with long-term or complicated health conditions.

  • Cosmetic surgeon

    Plastic surgeon, reconstructive surgeon

    Cosmetic surgeons treat people who choose to alter their appearance. Plastic surgeons repair tissue damaged through illness or injury.

  • Counsellor


    Counsellors help people discuss their problems and feelings in a confidential setting.

  • Critical care technologist

    CCT, intensive care unit technician

    Critical care technologists (CCTs) make sure equipment used in the care of critically ill patients is safe and effective.

  • Dance movement psychotherapist

    Dance movement psychotherapists use dance and movement to help people deal with emotional, psychological and physical issues.

  • Dental hygienist

    Oral health practitioner

    Dental hygienists offer advice, information and treatments to prevent and treat tooth decay and gum disease.

  • Dental nurse

    Dental nurses help dentists to treat their patients and do reception work and other tasks in the practice.

  • Dental technician

    Dental technologist

    Dental technicians design, make and repair the dental appliances used for improving patients' appearance, speech or ability to eat.

  • Dental therapist

    Dental therapists carry out routine treatments prescribed by a dentist.

  • Dentist

    Dental surgeon, dental practitioner

    Dentists diagnose and treat teeth and mouth problems, and work to prevent dental disease and promote oral health.

  • Dietitian

    Dietitians diagnose and treat people with nutrition problems, and help people make healthy lifestyle and dietary decisions.

  • Dispensing optician

    Dispensing opticians give advice on vision care, and supply glasses and contact lenses to suit their customers needs.

  • District nurse

    District nurses care for people outside of hospital in patients' homes, GP surgeries and residential care homes.

  • Dramatherapist

    Dramatherapists use group work, role play and movement to help people with their feelings and emotions.

  • Emergency care assistant

    Emergency care assistants drive ambulances under emergency conditions and support paramedics.

  • Emergency medical dispatcher

    Emergency call handler, ambulance dispatcher

    Emergency medical dispatchers handle calls from the public and GPs requesting an ambulance.

  • GP

    General practitioner, doctor

    General practitioners (GPs) are doctors who provide medical services to people in their local community.

  • Geneticist

    Geneticists study genes to work out how cells and organisms behave.

  • Health play specialist

    Hospital play specialist

    Health play specialists understand child development and use therapeutic play activities to help children cope when in hospital.

  • Health promotion specialist

    Health improvement specialist

    Health promotion specialists educate and inform people about health issues.

  • Health service manager

    Hospital manager, NHS hospital manager

    Health service managers run local healthcare services like hospitals, GP practices and community health services.

  • Health trainer

    Health trainers promote healthy living and help people make healthier lifestyle choices.

  • Health visitor

    Health visitors work with families in their own homes to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent illness.

  • Healthcare assistant

    Support worker, nursing assistant, nursing auxiliary

    Healthcare assistants look after patients in hospitals or in patients’ own homes.

  • Healthcare science assistant

    Assistant technical officer

    Healthcare science assistants support healthcare professionals.

  • Homeopath

    Homeopaths believe that you can use homeopathic remedies to stimulate the body to heal itself.

  • Hospital doctor

    A hospital doctor diagnoses and treats illness and disease in patients admitted to hospital.

  • Hospital porter

    Hospital porters move patients, equipment and medical supplies around a hospital.

  • Hypnotherapist

    Hypnotherapists use hypnosis to help people make positive changes to their health, lifestyle and behaviour.

  • Learning disability nurse

    Learning disability nurses help people with a learning disability to live as independently as possible.

  • Maternity support worker

    Maternity support workers help midwives provide care to women and their babies, before, during and after childbirth.

  • Medical herbalist

    Medical herbalists use plants and herbal remedies to help improve their clients' health and wellbeing.

  • Medical illustrator

    Clinical photographer, medical videographer, medical graphic designer, medical artist

    Medical illustrators produce photographs, videos and graphical images for use in healthcare.

  • Medical physicist

    Clinical scientist, healthcare scientist

    Medical physicists are specialists in healthcare science, also known as clinical science.

  • Mental health nurse

    Mental health nurses work in hospitals and the community, to support people with mental health issues.

  • Microbiologist

    Microbiologists study micro-organisms like bacteria, viruses, fungi and algae.

  • Midwife

    Midwives support pregnant women and their babies before, during and after, childbirth.

  • Music therapist

    Music therapists use music and sound to help improve people's emotional well-being, relieve stress and build confidence.

  • Naturopath

    Naturopaths believe in improving their clients' health through natural therapies and education about lifestyle, diet and exercise.

  • Nurse

    Adult nurse

    Nurses care for adults who are sick, injured or have physical disabilities.

  • Nursing associate

    Nurse associate

    Nursing associates care for sick people of all ages in hospital and in the community, working closely with registered nurses.

  • Nutritional therapist

    Nutritional therapists help people by giving advice on diet and nutrition.

  • Nutritionist

    Nutritionists share scientific food knowledge and advice about the effects of diet and nutrition on health and wellbeing.

  • Occupational health nurse

    Occupational health nurses care for the health and wellbeing of people at work.

  • Occupational therapist

    Occupational therapists help people overcome difficulties caused by physical or mental illness, disability, accidents or ageing.

  • Occupational therapy support worker

    Occupational therapy (OT) assistant, OT technician, rehabilitation assistant, technical instructor

    Occupational therapy support workers work with occupational therapists to help sick, injured or old people to be as independent as possible.

  • Operating department practitioner

    Operating department practitioners (ODPs) provide skilled care and support to patients at all stages of an operation.

  • Optometrist

    Ophthalmic optician

    Optometrists test vision, identify eye health problems, prescribe glasses and fit contact lenses.

  • Orthoptist

    Orthoptists work with a team of specialists to diagnose and treat eye problems.

  • Osteopath

    Osteopaths move, stretch and massage their clients' muscles and joints with the aim of improving their health and wellbeing.

  • Paediatrician

    Paediatricians diagnose and treat health conditions that affect babies, children and young people.

  • Palliative care assistant

    Specialist healthcare assistant

    Palliative care assistants provide specialist end of life care and support to patients and their families.

  • Paramedic

    Ambulance paramedic

    Paramedics respond to emergency call-outs and give people life-saving medical help.

  • Pathologist

    Pathologists work in hospitals and laboratories on different areas of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.

  • Patient advice and liaison service officer

    Patient advice and liaison service (PALS) officers give support, advice and information about NHS services.

  • Patient transport service controller

    Patient transport service call handler

    Patient transport service controllers arrange transport to take frail or vulnerable people to and from medical appointments.

  • Pharmacist

    Dispensing chemist, community pharmacist, hospital pharmacist

    Pharmacists provide expert advice on the use and supply of medicines and medical appliances.

  • Pharmacologist

    Pharmacologists study the effects of drugs and other chemical substances on cells, animals, humans and the environment.

  • Pharmacy assistant

    Chemist’s assistant, dispensing assistant

    Pharmacy assistants serve customers and patients in chemists and hospital dispensaries.

  • Pharmacy technician

    Pharmaceutical technician

    Pharmacy technicians prepare and supply medicines for prescriptions, under the supervision of a pharmacist.

  • Phlebotomist

    Phlebotomists collect blood samples from patients, and send them off for analysis and testing.

  • Physician associate

    Physician assistant

    Physician associates support doctors to diagnose and manage patients in hospitals and GP surgeries.

  • Physicist

    Physicists study matter and try to work out why it behaves like it does.

  • Physiotherapist

    Physiotherapists work with patients to improve their range of movement, and promote health and wellbeing.

  • Physiotherapy assistant

    Physiotherapy support worker

    Physiotherapy assistants help physiotherapists work with patients to restore or improve movement.

  • Pilates teacher

    Pilates teachers help clients change and improve their body strength and posture through breathing, stretching and conditioning exercises.

  • Podiatrist


    Podiatrists diagnose and treat foot and ankle problems, improving people's mobility and quality of life.

  • Podiatry assistant

    Chiropody assistant, footcare assistant

    Podiatry assistants provide general foot treatments and nail care under the supervision of a podiatrist.

  • Practice nurse

    Practice nurses work in GP surgeries to assess, screen, treat and educate patients, and help doctors give medical care.

  • Prosthetist-orthotist

    Prosthetists and orthotists use the latest technology to create aids to help patients move without pain.

  • Psychiatrist

    Psychiatrists are doctors who diagnose and treat patients with mental health problems.

  • Psychological wellbeing practitioner

    Primary care graduate mental health worker

    Psychological wellbeing practitioners give treatment and support to people with mental health problems.

  • Psychologist

    Psychologists study people's behaviour, motivations, thoughts and feelings, and help them to overcome or control their problems.

  • Psychotherapist

    Child psychotherapist, child and adolescent psychotherapist, family psychotherapist

    Psychotherapists use talking techniques and therapies to help people who are distressed, or have mental health problems.

  • Radiographer

    Medical radiographer, diagnostic radiographer, therapeutic radiographer

    Radiographers use equipment to diagnose or treat patients who are ill or injured.

  • Radiography assistant

    Imaging support worker

    Radiography assistants help radiographers with their day-to-day duties.

  • Reiki healer

    Reiki practitioners use their hands to help people relax and improve their wellbeing.

  • School nurse

    Specialist community public health nurse

    School nurses work with schools and families to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

  • Sonographer

    Ultrasound practitioner

    Sonographers use ultrasound equipment to screen and diagnose medical conditions.

  • Speech and language therapist

    Speech and language therapists help people with speaking and communication problems and those with eating and swallowing difficulties.

  • Speech and language therapy assistant

    Speech and language therapy support worker

    Speech and language therapy assistants help support people who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking or swallowing.

  • Sports development officer

    Sports development officers organise projects and training to encourage people to take part in sport and have a healthier lifestyle.

  • Sports physiotherapist

    Sports physiotherapists diagnose and treat sports injuries.

  • Sterile services technician

    Decontamination technician

    Sterile services technicians clean and decontaminate equipment used in hospital operating theatres, clinics and wards.

  • Surgeon

    Surgeons carry out operations and medical procedures on patients.

  • Yoga therapist

    Yoga therapists use yoga to help people with physical issues, emotional issues or specific health problems.