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Your Opportunities

Becoming a reservist is a great way to experience the range of health and social care career opportunities that suits your lifestyle and circumstances. 

Work in health or care already?

If you work in health and care already you are very likely to have the skills and experience needed.

  • Maybe you want to earn some extra money?
  • Maybe you work part-time, but could do an extra shift or two?
  • Maybe you are ‘bank staff’ employee for an NHS or social care organisation?

There are many roles that you can undertake as a reservist.

You could carry out a similar role to your own in a different area (or sector) or you could experience what it’s like in a role totally different to your current one.

For example, if you work as an administrator but want to feel “closer” to patient care, you might want to undertake a ward befriender role in your Reservist role.

Please note: you are not limited to one field of work within your Reservist role, there are many different shift types that you can pick up in various areas if you’d like to do so.

Retired from health and care?

Have you retired from a health and care job?

Do you miss the work, but not the stress of a full-time or permanent job?

  • Earn extra money doing flexible shifts
  • Enjoy being part of a health and care team again – without the hassle and stress of doing it every day
  • Give something back to your community

Student on a health or care related course?

Earn extra money during term-time and over the long Christmas holiday.

Gain experience and skills to get set for a job in health or care when you complete your course.

Perhaps you are completing a nursing degree, or an access to health course. You can join the reservist workforce to complement your studies and gain experience. Roles such as Clinical Assistant will allow you to gain practical experience in a health or social care setting.

Looking for work?

Gain valuable experience and skills doing shifts – without affecting your benefits.

Try out a job in health and care, without the commitment of full-time or a permanent job.

Show to potential employers the value of what you have done in a real workplace.

“It’s a chance to carry on earning while supporting the NHS”

Working for a large Derbyshire company?

Derbyshire’s founding “anchor” employers – like Rolls Royce, University of Derby and Derby County Community Trust – offer their colleagues the opportunity to do volunteering or paid shifts in their communities.

  • Give something back to your community
  • Earn extra money in your volunteering time
  • Try a new and completely different experience, working in health and care

Express your interest

Express your interest by filling in this simple online form.

Once you have submitted the form, we’ll get back in touch quickly. If you are shortlisted, we will interview you online by Microsoft Teams within a matter of days.

We will support you every step of the way, through on boarding to your first shadow shift.

For an informal conversation please email: – we look forward to hearing from you.


Other pages that might interest you:

“I want to give something back to the community”

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