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Working in the healthcare sector with a criminal record

Approximately 1 in 10 of the working population work in the health and social care sector with the NHS being the biggest employer in the UK with 1.7 million staff.

With increasing pressure on the NHS and a constant demand for more skilled workers, maybe a career in healthcare is something you are considering?

Individuals working in healthcare will often need to register with a regulatory body, for example the General Medical Council or the Nursing and Midwifery Council. For some the existence of a criminal record will present barriers which will need to be addressed even before you start applying for jobs.

We’ve produced some new information on working in the healthcare sector which pulls together some of the roles set out in our A-Z list of common occupations and professions. It also highlights the possible impact of a criminal record and how the disclosure of a criminal record may be dealt with.

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