The days when medical professionals were confined to hospital wards or general practices are long gone. Nowadays, fully-trained and qualified medical professionals are presented with a much greater variety of career options.
To help you better understand the medical services roles in alternative, non-medical sectors, we’ve looked into four industries where they are integral. Whether you’re new to the profession or simply wish to explore the possibilities of working in less traditional environments, read on: you may discover a few opportunities that you never knew were available to you.
Defence Medical Services (DMS)
Defence Medical Services is an essential part of the healthcare system. It employs military and civilian doctors in many specialist roles to deliver medical support to all UK forces. These services are provided by agreement with the NHS, charities, and welfare organisations.
From the training of staff and the design of field hospitals, to the care for casualties and the rehabilitation of injured personnel, the healthcare provided by the DMS is widely acknowledged to be of a high standard. Additionally, the medical professions in the DMS also offer an array of other services – ranging from mental health care to dentistry – all of which are focused on the overall well-being of frontline military personnel as well as their families, including spouses and dependants.
(We’re a prime recruiter for the Ministry of Defence. To find medical roles that can really make a difference in our soldiers’ lives, take a look at CRG Defence’s job search.)
Forensic Medical Services
Sometimes known as ‘police custodial healthcare’, forensic medical services include a range of healthcare professionals – such as doctors, nurses, and paramedics – who work closely with police custody staff to make sure all detainees are assessed for their health needs and vulnerabilities.
A key role of healthcare professionals in this sector is to determine the fitness of detainees, which can ultimately contribute to improving the criminal justice system – this process ensures that individuals are fit for interviews with the police force, allows healthcare professionals undertake forensic samples, and helps determine that detainees are safe whilst in custody, on release, and during transfer.
On top of everything else, their job can also encompass tasks like undertaking brief health interventions, offering health promotion and disease prevention advice, and giving clear signposting to community services.
School Health Service
This is one that all families can relate to, but doesn’t receive quite enough recognition or airtime. Schools are safe havens for both children and adults, so it’s paramount that the best-suited medics are recruited for the necessary care.
The health services in schools are responsible for providing emergency care for illnesses or injuries, and general clinical welfare within the establishments. Apart from that, their day-to-day roles also involve providing education and counselling in a variety of health and wellness topics, ensuring that all pupils receive appropriate referrals to healthcare providers, and even monitoring for and preventing the spread of common infections – like seasonal flu, viral pinkeye, and so on.
Expedition Medical Services
Expedition medical officers are healthcare professionals whose responsibilities include risk assessment of the environment and activities, medical histories of participants, assembling medical kit, and offer advice on immunisations. Throughout the trip, their core duties are to care for those who become ill or injured, and arrange evacuation where there’s an emergency.
A career in expedition medical services often comes with varying work environments, flexible routines and ample travel opportunities, which is ideal for medics who aim to put their specialist skills and knowledge to good use – but at the same time, to gain life-enriching experiences. For more medical roles that offer travel opportunities, take a look at our previous blog post.
Discover Opportunities in Alternative Healthcare Sectors
There are plenty more opportunities for healthcare professionals in non-traditional sectors that are often overlooked, or simply unheard of. To learn more on how to transfer your skillsets from your current position to something a little more unconventional, here’s an infographic we’ve put together that’ll give you a rundown of everything you need to know about taking your first steps along an alternative medical career path.