The Med Shed

Network Manager

THE WORKING DAY

You’re based in the IT department at Alderson House, Hull Royal Infirmary, and this morning, you’re updating security on the hospital computer network so no one can hack in and view confidential patient data. You send emails requesting all staff change passwords and update the encryption settings on the hospital intranet.

Next, you back up all electronic patient data entered over the last month and ensure it’s stored securely. In the afternoon, you have a meeting with the finance team and an external supplier to discuss the possible upgrade of the telephone system throughout the hospital.

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE ME?

You have excellent IT knowledge and keep up to date with the latest developments. You communicate well with others, are a good leader and enjoy planning.

WHAT'S NEXT?

You’ll usually need a minimum of five 9-4 (A*-C) grade GCSEs (or the equivalent), in order to take A-Levels (or the equivalent) at college or 6th form. It’s also possible to work as a network manager if you have proven experience, so you might consider gaining entry-level employment in IT. There are sometimes informatics apprenticeships in the NHS.

You’ll usually need at least two A-Levels in order to take a degree in computer science, or related subject.

Alternatively, there are sometimes informatics apprenticeships in the NHS. For apprenticeship and trainee vacancies, visit NHS Jobs and Gov.uk Apprenticeships.