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Roles

There are various roles of staff within the NHS and everyone makes a difference to people's lives every day.  Click on the roles listed below to learn more about what they do.

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Admiral Nurse

Admiral Nurses provide the specialist dementia support that families need.

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANPs) are experienced and highly educated Registered Nurses who manage the complete clinical care of their patients.

Clerk

Clerks are the engine that keeps the NHS running successfully. They make sure our patients have the information they need for their care and our healthcare professionals can access crucial patient records.

Consultant

Consultants are senior doctors that have completed full medical training in a specialised area of medicine

Dietitian

Dietitians translate the science of nutrition into everyday information about food.

Doctor

Hospital doctors diagnose and treat medical conditions, disorders, and diseases through the application of specialist medical skills and knowledge.

Emergency Nurse Practitioner

An Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) is a senior practitioner working in the Emergency Department who has been specially trained to treat minor injuries without necessarily having to refer to a doctor.

Healthcare assistant

Healthcare assistants make sure the patient experience is as comfortable and stress-free as possible. It can also be the stepping stone into many other NHS roles.

Housekeeper

Housekeepers help make sure that hospital wards and other settings are clean, safe and attractive places for patients and staff.

Integrated Discharge Team

The Integrated Discharge Team consists of experienced health and social care professionals. The objective of the team is to provide multidisciplinary expertise and support to staff, all patients and their carers to enable safe and timely transfer from the hospital back into the community.

Matron

Matrons are vital to delivering high quality care to patients and their relatives across the NHS and the wider health and care sector.

Occupational therapist

Work with people who have difficulties carrying out various day to day activities because of disability, illness, trauma, ageing, and a range of long term conditions.

Pharmacist

Pharmacists are experts in medicines and their use. They also offer health advice to patients on issues such as sexual health and giving up smoking.

Phlebotomists

A phlebotomist will take blood samples from patients which are examined in a laboratory and the results can be used to quickly diagnose diseases and conditions.

Physiotherapists

Physiotherapists help people recover from illness or injury using exercise and other techniques.

Porter

Porters are the heartbeat of NHS hospitals, making sure crucial goods and items are delivered where they are needed most.

Radiographer

Radiographers use the latest technology to look inside the body in different ways.

Senior Sister

A Senior Sister is responsible for the overall running of each ward/unit and for standards of nursing care. They lead a team of staff who ensure the delivery of quality services and are key in ensuring clear communication between those involved in patient management.

Sister

Sisters, also known as ward sister or charge nurse are responsible for the overall running of each ward or unit and for standards of nursing care.

Specialist nurse

An expert nurse with a background in a particular area, for example bowel cancer. They provide information, practical and emotional support and act as your key worker (a point of contact for you and your carers) throughout your treatment.

Speech and language therapist

Speech and language therapists provide life-changing treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing.

Staff nurse

Staff nurses make up the majority of any ward/unit team. These registered nurses are responsible and accountable for patient care. They work closely with the wider clinical team and supervise the non-registered workforce.

Volunteer

Volunteers provide a valuable resource, which enhances patient care by giving practical help and support to our patients and staff.

Domestic services staff

Domestic services staff are the lifeblood of the NHS, keeping hospitals, health centres, offices and other areas clean and hygienic.

Play specialist

Health play specialists bring joy and happiness to children who might be in hospital for a long time.