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Routes into Primary Care



Some positions in primary care will require a qualification, such as a university degree or equivalent qualification. This tends to apply to roles such as nurses, GPs, and allied health professionals. Again, the particulars of the degree will vary, depending on the profession itself, but typically, there are a few set aspects - let’s take a look.University degrees are excellent options for aspiring professionals wanting to qualify as healthcare professionals. As we’ve seen, these roles will actively tend to provide care or support to patients and are regulated by a governing body. Many degrees typically take 3-4 years to complete, with the exception of medicine, which takes longer as you will specialise in general practice. Once graduated, you have to register with the governing body of the profession to allow you to practice in this role. Although this varies from course to course, these university degrees will combine a mix of practical and academic learning to provide you with the right tools to perform the job well. Often, there is financial support for going into healthcare roles, but it’s important to do more research to find the options available to you.

Some roles in primary care, such as nursing or allied health professions, will have degree apprenticeships available. These are apprenticeships that are at the same level as a university degree. However, not all apprenticeships need to be at a degree level.For some healthcare roles, you may be able to take a Level 3 apprenticeship qualification (which is the same level of study as an A Level), which will take 1-2 years to complete and provide you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in certain roles in primary care.An apprenticeship is a real job with training which meets an approved national standard. It is a way for individuals to earn while they learn, gaining knowledge and skills in a specific job role. Apprenticeships are assessed against levels, as with all qualifications in the UK, ranging from 1 to 8. The higher the level, the higher the level of demand and difficulty to complete it. This means existing members of staff in all pay bands have an opportunity to undertake an apprenticeship, which would enhance their growth within the Trust. These apprenticeships are available to both clinical and non-clinical staff and are delivered on a one-to-one basis.