The weird and wonderful roles in healthcare


Looking for unusual jobs in healthcare or the NHS? Continue reading to learn about the most unusual roles—those that are frequently overlooked but essential to the smooth operation of the services.

There is no denying that there are many roles in healthcare that we may have never heard of and fly under the radar a lot of the time. The most important role is always the one that is providing the patient care at that particular time, it isn’t about position or rank but about care. The most important job in the NHS for a patient is the person they are currently dealing with whether it be a doctor nurse or administrator.

Wound Care Specialist

Quite possibly something we will all come across at some point in our lives but is it one we think about often? A wound care specialist is a practitioner that focuses on the care of wounds, as the name suggests. They can travel to patients in their homes, in hospitals and care homes to attend to wounds of any kind from bed sores for the elderly to damaged tissues and cuts. Bedsores cause 60,000 deaths per year and cost £1 billion annually, so effective care of them is integral. Wound care nurses lead the way in ensuring that bedsores don’t cause death.


Cytotechnologists are professionals that work with tissue samples to prepare and evaluate whether they contain diseases and use specialised medical equipment to carry out minute tasks, such as microscopes. 

Hospital Cleaning Crew

Keeping medical facilities clean is central to preventing infection. The staff responsible for ensuring things are spic and span, is among the most vital and unheralded. Somebody has to mop up the emergency room or the operating room after a bloody procedure.

Patients may enjoy fresh linens at the ready, but someone’s got to wash them. The person responsible for handling medical laundry, which can have just about anything on it, has a crucial role in ensuring that patient care is upheld and to the highest standard. 

Medical Filmmakers and Illustrators

Medical media makers create footage and diagrams of procedures and other aspects that are used to teach others in the field, providing valuable teaching aids for the next generation of healthcare providers. 

One thing you may find even weirder than some of these jobs is the fact that many of them offer a lot of flexibility. In fact, medical and health-related jobs are typically the number one job category for flexible work. Does any of these catch your eye?

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