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Finding a dream career and the future of the NHS workforce

For every nurse or doctor role, there are a hundred other roles supporting the NHS. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to do the incredible things we do in the same way.

This includes more than 270 apprentices at University Hospital Southampton, working and studying to develop their skills.


As National Apprenticeship Week draws to a close, we spoke to Emily Braine about her role in supporting the growth of our workforce through the power of social media.

For the first three years of her UHS journey, Emily worked in the ultrasound team supporting various colleagues in Princess Anne Hospital. She added: “I was able to work across an exciting range of departments which really allowed me to develop and make great connections across the Trust.”

“I’d never pursued such a career because I felt I didn’t have the right kind of experience or the qualifications. But when I saw that UHS was looking for a recruitment social media assistant as part of a junior content producer apprenticeship, I was immediately interested.”

Taking the leap into her new apprenticeship role, Emily now runs the career-focused social media channels – UHS Jobs. Working with specialists in recruitment and the healthcare teams, she carefully plans, designs and creates content which is used to attract new staff and show case the amazing achievements from across the Trust.

“My apprenticeship has given me the opportunity to gain first-hand practical experience of working with social media and content creation while still being able to support those working in the NHS.”

While talking about some of the other apprenticeship roles in the Trust, Emily admitted to having doubts about the change in career: “Taking on an apprenticeship is certainly not something I had ever considered before. It’s a big commitment and I had to weigh out a number of factors including the balance between work and studying.”

“At first I was nervous to take the plunge, and although this last year has been a rollercoaster, I am glad I did. I nearly let an awesome opportunity slip by!”

“If you’re thinking about starting an apprenticeship and going into the line of work you have dreamed of – go for it. Sometimes you really have to take the bull by the horns and give it your all if you really want something.”

“Don’t let change frighten you.”

Hear more from Emily and the current vacancies we have at our Trust by following UHS Jobs on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.