A day as a clinical audit assistant

You work at your local NHS hospital, helping make sure national healthcare standards are met. You begin at 9am, and your first task is to read 50 patient surveys and record opinions about the hospital. You input the surveys onto your computer in a database you've created. Next you attend a team meeting, where senior auditing staff discuss using a new computer program to collect information about the hospital. You're asked to research the idea, and report your findings to the team at the next meeting. Later, you're given information about new government healthcare standards to read, which you will need to use to measure your hospital's work against. Later, you categorise some new journals and file them in the library for other staff to use. You finish at 5pm after another challenging, interesting day at work.

Does this sound like you?

You're interested in healthcare, and like investigating and finding out facts. You enjoy working as part of a team, communicate well with others and are good at problem solving.

What's next after GCSE?

You'll need a good standard of education - ideally some A-C grade GCSEs (or the equivalent) and be confident with using computer office software. Getting some City and Guilds or OCR qualifications in computer based packages or the European Computer Driving Licence would be a useful next step or you could apply for jobs or apprenticeships straight away.

What's next after A level and beyond?

You won't normally need A level grades for this role, but experience in office administration, confidence in communicating and working with others will be an advantage. You could apply for apprenticeships and jobs directly after school or college.