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You want to work in medical services?
Read about the scope of the work, starting a career, progressing a career and the qualification pathways open to you!
Medical services include those provided through hospitals and clinics and can include alternative therapies as well as mainstream ones. There are literally hundreds of possible roles in medicine and medical services. From highly trained and specialist roles, to administration and data support. Roles may include doctors, dentists, nurses, and a wide range of specialty services.
Careers in the medical field and in support services are hugely variable. All roles revolve around patient or client health. Those who treat patients directly like doctors, dentists and nurses have particular responsibilities which come with their role. There are some things which most of these people do on a daily basis, including:
Whilst some people take a direct route into the medical field through taking appropriate courses, there are others who end up in this field having taken different pathways.
For example, someone might spend a number of years in the army before training to become an ambulance officer. Another person might work as a counsellor before deciding that they want to be a nurse. A dental assistant might go on to become a dentist, or a dental receptionist might decide that they would rather be a dental assistant. All these things are possible but if the medical field is an area which interest you, there are some things you could do to help start a career which heads in the right direction.
To get a feel for the medical field and gain some relevant experience, the following are useful:
To progress a career in the medical sector requires you to undertake further training and to continuously keep learning. This is true for everyone, not just those with the most taxing jobs. It is also true whether you work in the public or private sector. Everyone in the medical field has an onus to offer the best service they can to their patients or clients by keeping their health and well-being as their priority.
Ways you can continue to progress your career include:
A medical receptionist greets clients and patients in a clinical setting, organises computerised records and files, is responsible for data security, organises GP’s or Consultants diaries, liaises with external stakeholders as required.
This type of role is suitable for a meticulously organised individual with a kind and patient nature. You will be required to have a sensitive and professional approach when dealing with personal information and requests.
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