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Healthcare - routes and qualifications
Most professions within healthcare require formal training. Requirements vary between institution and course, but some have alternative routes, particularly if you've already started out in healthcare.
Find out more about routes and qualifications for:
- Allied health professionals
- Ambulance services
- Complementary and alternative therapies
- Dental care
- Healthcare science
- Mental health
- Nursing and midwifery
- Other healthcare roles
- Read here how to become an occupational therapist.
- Find out how you can get into physiotherapy by browsing through these careers FAQs, and seewhere you can study physiotherapy.
- Find out about training as a podiatrist, and what life is like as a podiatry student .
- To be professional recognised as a sports therapist, you will need to join the Society of Sports Therapists (SST) or the British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Trainers(BASRaT).
- Read more about becoming a clinical radiologist. See what it takes to become a radiographer, and what entry routes you can take.
- Find out how to become a paramedic, or paramedic technician.
- See the entry requirements for call handlers, those on the other end of the 999 call.
- Find out about courses in reflexology. You do not need to be registered or have official qualifications to be a reflexologist, but membership with a professional body will prove that you are reputable.
- Here are details of training courses offered by the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH). Many other organisations offer courses in hypnotherapy, it may help you to have some experience in counselling.
Dental surgeons train for five years before qualifying. Read Careers and Education on the British Dental Association website to begin understanding how you train in this field. Take a look at the dental schools you can study at in the UK, and find out about the Vocational Dental Practitioners ' (VDPs') year, and check which qualifications are recognised by the General Dental Council.
- Find out what qualifications you need to work in pharmacy.
- Healthcare researchers come from a variety of backgrounds and there are a wide range of opportunities. Maybe you'll take the route of a biochemist, a research scientist orr a food scientist?
- Find out how you can train to be a psychotherapist.
- For more about careers in psychology for undergraduates or postgraduates and for other resources visit the British Psychological Society's careers pages
- Follow the career pathway to becoming a psychiatrist, and find out about work experience opportunities.
- Counselling is often taken up as a second career (BACP), and there are plenty of training opportunities. There are no legal minimum qualifications, but to be on the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) register you will need certain qualifications. Browse the directory of accredited training providers.
- The qualifications you need to become a Qualified Environmental Health Practitioner (EHP) combine work-based learning and professional exams.
- For healthcare management, you will have worked either in Management or healthcare, or both, to reach this profession. Institute of Healthcare Management programmes are designed to help healthcare managers have an improved impact on the service they are working for.
- Find out how to get into the profession of regulatory affairs.