A day as a medical records clerk

You work in your local NHS hospital, and begin at 9am. You're based at the digestive-disorders outpatient reception, and your first task is to look through filing systems and find today's patient records. You then arrange the records in order for each consultant and have them dispatched around the hospital. Next, you help record patient appointments and make a note of cancellations. Later, you enter medical notes onto your computer, ensuring the history of patient care is accurately and permanently recorded. You enjoy working in an office environment, and the opportunities for career progression available within the NHS.

Does this sound like you?

You're organised, responsible and pay attention to detail. You're a great multi-tasker and can stay calm under pressure. You also enjoy using a computer.

What's next after GCSE?

You'll usually need basic GCSE grades in English and maths (or the equivalent), although formal qualifications aren't always required. Experience with computers is often essential so consider taking an IT qualification.Alternatively, there are sometimes apprenticeships in medical records/health records in the NHS.

What's next after A level and beyond?

A levels (or the equivalent) aren't essential for this role, but could help your application. Experience with computers is usually essential, so you might consider taking an IT qualification. You could consider applying for an apprenticeship working in medical records. Job and apprenticeship vacancies in the NHS can be found on the NHS Jobs website www.jobs.nhs.uk. You can also find apprenticeships on the Gov.uk website www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship