When I realised I wanted to pursue a career in finance, I automatically started looking at private firms. I didn’t once consider NHS finance as an option, mainly because finance isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when I think about the NHS. When looking for apprenticeships upon leaving school, I came across one within the Ambulance Service. I was intrigued and excited at the idea of being a part of an incredible organisation. Lucky, I landed the role and I’ve never looked back.
From day one, I was made aware of the endless opportunities with NHS finance. Not only have a worked in the Ambulance Service but I have been fortunate to gain experience at Acute Hospitals, Mental Health Trust and CCGs. Whilst they all fall within the NHS, every single trust has been completely different and I’m constantly learning, even 7 years down the line. That’s exactly why I would recommend anyone to consider a career within NHS finance. It’s exciting, the career progression is huge and it’s incredibly rewarding.
When I started as a finance apprentice, I didn’t image that in a few years I would be working towards professional qualification and have the title of a Finance Management Trainee. It’s because of the huge support of my colleagues and the opportunities the NHS has available, that I am where I am today. I never imagined loving a role as much as I do or having as much experience as I do so early on in my career.
It’s easy to feel like you just look at numbers of a spreadsheet day to day, but during my time within the NHS, I have worked with many front line staff and you get to see the work you do impacting their roles. Not only is the finance experience rewarding but you also get the opportunity to work outside of finance, like experiencing time within the 999 Call Hubs, which really gives you the realisation of the work you do and the impact it has..
I may be biased, as I’ve never worked outside of the NHS but I don’t ever plan to as I know this is the best place to continue my finance career.