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NHS workers, can you advise?

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missladybird Thu 19-Oct-17 20:15:07

I feel like I've exhausted all options of finding a career in health care. I'm interested in the medical side of things and would like to work in oncology or intensive care. Nursing is not an option as I need something with more family-friendly hours being a single parent with very little support.

I've thought about OT but I'm not interested in the whole equipment and assessments part of things. I've considered physio which again doesn't suit.

Can anyone suggest a job that would suit me or am I looking for something that's impossible?

CustardOmlet Thu 19-Oct-17 20:16:44

Radiology? They do the radiotherapy

booellesmum Thu 19-Oct-17 20:19:09

Have you considered the other therapies like Dietician, Audiologist, Orthoptist, Speech Therapist?

bigredboat Thu 19-Oct-17 20:22:58

Operating department practitioner?

tomatopuree Thu 19-Oct-17 20:24:34

There are a lot of single parents on my Nursing course

scaredofthecity Thu 19-Oct-17 20:27:37

definately medical? there's a lot of similarities between intensive care and anaesthetics, and anaethetists work in both.
If it appeals look into ODP. Working in theatres, the hours are much more family friendly (mostly weekdays 8-5.30/6) as it is only a skeletal staff on at night and weekends for a lot of trusts. The scope of an ODP seems to be progressing and some work in A and Es and on itu. Although I'd expect more night and late shift working there.

Sidge Thu 19-Oct-17 20:28:44

Family friendly jobs in health care are incredibly rare. Some senior posts have more regular hours but not many.

I can't see how you could work in oncology or ITU without being some sort of HCP, all of which need extensive qualifications and some degree of shift work. ODPs work mad hours, as do radiographers and sonographers.

Sorry to rain on your parade. Maybe look at support roles in a hospice or with cancer charities?

Lelloteddy Thu 19-Oct-17 20:29:28

Nursing assistant in oncology clinics or treatment suites? Many oncology patients attend for chemo ona daycase basis so the hours are more family friendly.
You gain plenty of experience and when your kids are older that gives you a great basis for starting your nurse training?

furryelephant Thu 19-Oct-17 20:29:33

Community nursing? A hospice or macmillan support? What about a job with a charity that supports oncology patients (eg clic Sargent supports families I think with a child with cancer) and spend time on the wards. A play therapist if you enjoy working with children in hospitals? They’re fab! Or a health care assistant on a day stay/outpatients/day chemo unit?

reallyanotherone Thu 19-Oct-17 20:33:01

Research science? You could do oncology there, and generally, while you often work long hours, you can arrange your own schedule- get in early/leave late/make up time on weekends/evenings.

Downside is you’ll need a degree, a phd if you want to do your own research. There are techs, but the hours tend to be set. Plus the pay is shit and job security is non existent, and as a woman with a family you probably won’t manage the travel and hours necessary for promotion.

reallyanotherone Thu 19-Oct-17 20:33:53

You don’t say what your quals are? First thing is you could be looking at 3-5 years at uni, can you afford that?

mayhew Thu 19-Oct-17 20:34:17

Why those specific areas? Have you any experience in healthcare? What are your skills? Are you a nurturing type or more technical? Is it soft skills or science that excite you?
This might help you find some direction

imokit Thu 19-Oct-17 20:34:33

ward clerk - its not medical but the hours are normal (though some work weekends) and you see a lot and are around a lot.

missladybird Thu 19-Oct-17 20:37:18

I know 9-5 jobs are quite rare at band 5 or 6 but I can't picture myself in any other setting. I've considered the other therapies but to be honest I don't feel passionate enough about any of them.

Radiotherapy seems appealing but there doesn't seem to be that many job vacancies in that are so I'm worried I'd struggle to find a job.

I thought I had it all figured out with OT and now I'm back to square one!

missladybird Thu 19-Oct-17 20:39:27

I'm currently doing an access course in health sciences as I didn't get any science A-levels. I'm in a position where I can afford to retrain but need to work out which direction to go in.

I'm not very technical to be honest but am interested in the science side of things.

scaredofthecity Thu 19-Oct-17 20:39:55

hardy anyone works 9-5 in the acute healthcare environment! we'd all love that but it just doesn't exist I'm afraid.

TooStressyForMyOwnGood Thu 19-Oct-17 20:42:52

Honestly? It is very difficult. I am in a job with good hours but even that involves some longish days. If I had my time again I would have listened to my parents not dons healthcare as it is so not family friendly if you need office type hours. There are a fair few research jobs but they are tightly contested and are temporary contracts.

I looked in primary care and they are looking for long days as well round here.

The way it is going 9-5 is a distant dream in most areas.

ElphabaTheGreen Thu 19-Oct-17 20:49:16

I’m an OT - I might order equipment once a month, if that. Can’t remember the last time I did a home visit. I work in acute inpatient neurology/neurosurgery and have brilliantly family-friendly hours and flexibility. Mental health OTs wouldn’t know what a toilet frame was if or came up and started dancing a polka. Are you sure you’ve fully understood OT?

Crumbs1 Thu 19-Oct-17 20:51:21

If you want to work in ITU then you need to qualify as a healthcare professional and then have additional training/qualifications.

Oncology might offer more opportunities but few are 9-5. Reception work in cancer centre, HCA in day unit, Housekeeping in cancer unit, hospice work. That said oncology is a popular area and jobs are few and far between. It’s going to be very difficult to get professional work without degree level qualifications - although some trusts now offer some apprenticeships they tend to be in estates and facilities. You might want to broaden your scope and consider working with PALS or the chaplaincy team.

It might be worth asking yourself what specifically appeals about oncology and ITU.

missladybird Thu 19-Oct-17 20:51:48

Elphaba I don't think I have understood it. Can I ask what a typical day looks like for you?

annandale Thu 19-Oct-17 20:52:00

I have a relative who is a radiographer and it's certainly not family friendly hours for them in the early days, though I think as with most careers you get more choices as you go on.

Why not look into dietetics - big role for them in oncology? And there is a consultation out for an apprenticeship route into speech and language therapy.

dontbesillyhenry Thu 19-Oct-17 20:55:20

Are you planning on doing a degree in nursing or one of the allied professions? As that is far from family friendly

Iamahppy Thu 19-Oct-17 20:59:47

While it may not always stay like this Orthoptics is generally 9-5 with a lot of part time workers. It's fun, interesting and not too physically demanding. You can specialise into a variety of roles in paediatrics or glaucoma / cataract services. Speech and language therapy would be similar.

Other AHP's include podiatry, dietetics, art or drama or music therapy.

clematisflower Thu 19-Oct-17 21:00:49

What about a pharmacy technician? 9-5pm ish, you could specialise in Oncology once trained. Some patient contact, and some technical work.

thenightsky Thu 19-Oct-17 21:05:55

I don't know many people at all who earn Band 5 or 6 and work 9 to 5. hours.

Only one... a medical records supervisor on Band 5... and she struggled to get that. It's really a Band 4, but she has friends in high places (whole other story).

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