The academy is a partnership of health and care organisations in Kent and Medway aimed at supporting people who are looking for careers in health and social care.

We can support with jobs advice, career guidance and development, apprenticeships as well as opportunities to gain management, specialist and leadership training.

We want to attract young people to pursue a career in health and care, develop the skills of existing staff members and help colleagues to become the next generation of leaders.

Kent and Medway is a great place to live, learn and work and the academy aims to attract and retain the very best people in a job they love.

We can help…

  • develop your skills for a career in health and care
  • find volunteer opportunities for you to gain experience
  • support you to learn a new or additional skills and competences
  • support you to find a new career or retrain in another area of health and care.

For more information about how the academy can help you, email Kent and Medway Health and Care Academy

The opportunities in health and social care are endless – we want to find the right role for you. 

We work with a range of organisations including GP practices, dental surgeries, pharmacies, optometrists, social care and local government, hospitals and community health providers, the voluntary and independent sectors.

Whatever your skills, qualifications or interests, there is a career for you in the NHS and we are recruiting now. You could work directly with patients, in hospitals, an ambulance trust, or in the community. And once you are part of the NHS team we'll work with you to develop your career, and fulfil your potential.

Health and care ambassadors

Do you work for the NHS? Have a passion to inspire the future generation? Would like to share your expertise and experiences?

The health and care ambassador programme encourages people working or studying in healthcare to volunteer one hour of their time per year to speak in schools and colleges about their roles or participate in careers events and activities.

Health and care ambassadors will:

  • be present at careers events to share details of your career, the skills and experiences needed and the motivation
  • engage with education establishments to support with subject specialist content
  • inspire future generations
  • share your story with employers and potential investors.

If you work in East Kent and are interested in the position, please complete our registration form.

There are more than 350 different careers available in the NHS and we want to inspire future generations to consider a role in health and social care.

The academy aims to help young people through the power of knowledge and personal experiences.

Schools can request a visit from the academy team at careers days and assemblies or to help young people applying for volunteering, placements or work experience.

Our health and care professionals are specialists in their fields and have a passion to share their experiences and career journey to inspire others. You can chose to gain insights into any career from physiotherapy to pharmacy, from primary care to digital marketing. Contact the team to find out more. Email Kent and Medway Health and Care Academy

These are new career-focused and technical alternatives to A’ Levels.

There will be 56 T-Levels available in Kent and Medway by 2025 and we are passionate and excited to be part of this.

T-Levels will suit young people who want to start working towards a skilled occupation and enjoy a practical and hands-on approach to learning.

How will T-Levels work with other qualifications?

T-Levels have become one of the main choices for students after GCSE’s alongside:

  • apprenticeships for students who wish to learn a specific occupation ‘on the job’
  • A’ Levels for students who wish to continue academic education
  • other qualifications not served by A’ Levels or T-Levels, including sport science, performing arts and qualifications designed to be taken alongside A’ Levels.

An employer-based approach

Every T-Level includes an industry placement with an employer focused on developing practical and technical skills. The placement will last a minimum of 316 hours (45 days).

We are committed to providing young people with an inclusive and exciting industry placement.

Our T-Level experience will provide several progression options for young people including employment, apprenticeship or higher education.

Work experience in health and care is a fantastic way to gain insight into a particular career. It can also be a valuable way of getting some confidence and experience of working in a team and caring for people.

Whether it’s a short or long-term placement, full or part time, or on a structured or informal basis, work experience can help you choose the right career.

If you are a student at secondary school, college or university, work experience can support you to gain on the job practical experience which will support you to complete your course. 

Work experience will demonstrate to an employer you have benefited from a good, quality and worthwhile industry placement to support with your studies.

Many health and care organisations and charities need help from volunteers. This is a great way to support health and care and get involved in your community. 

Volunteers are crucial to the vision for the future of health and social care – as partners with our skilled staff – not as substitutes for them. 

There are more than 350 types of role in the NHS alone, providing challenging and rewarding opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds. Some can be a one-off, like a hospital garden makeover or fundraising. Others can last for months or even years, like running a hospital radio show, helping with administration in a hospice or taking part in advisory groups.

If you are interested in volunteering, watch this space for live opportunities across Kent and Medway.