What we do in the UK: A look at occupations. NURSING

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What we do in the UK: A look at occupations



Welcome to today’s English lesson, where we will explore the exciting world of occupations in the UK! We’ll be delving into various aspects of the job market, with a focus on the nursing profession within the National Health Service (NHS). Throughout this lesson, we’ll discuss crucial topics such as salaries and working conditions in the UK and how they impact our daily lives. Get ready to enhance your vocabulary and gain valuable insight into the challenges and rewards of working in one of the most vital sectors in the country. Let’s embark on this enriching journey together!

Now Discuss the Vocabulary:

Grammar Section ONE:

In the following paragraph about nursing, identify and correct the three instances of incorrect subject-verb agreement, paying close attention to singular and plural subjects:

“Nurses plays a vital role in patient care and often spend more time with patients than physicians do. They assess, monitor, and evaluate patient’s conditions, administer treatments, and works collaboratively with other healthcare professionals to ensure optimal care.”

Section One:  Working as a nurse.


Working as a nurse for the NHS is both a challenging and rewarding experience. It requires dedication, compassion, and resilience as nurses navigate the unique healthcare landscape of the UK’s public health system.  They are often placed at the forefront of patient care, playing a crucial role in supporting individuals through their most vulnerable moments. The multifaceted nature of nursing within the NHS means that these professionals must be adaptable, working collaboratively with doctors, therapists, and other healthcare specialists to create personalised care plans that cater to each patient’s specific needs. Despite the demanding nature of this profession, NHS nurses are driven by a deep sense of altruism, knowing that every day they strive to make a tangible difference in the lives of those they serve.

Now Discuss the Vocabulary:

Grammar Section TWO:

In the following sentence, identify the correct verb form to use for the dependent clause: “As a nurse, it is important to master various medical procedures,   ____________   (to administer/to administering) medication precisely to patients in need.”

Section Two: Pay

Nurses working within the National Health Service (NHS) can expect a competitive salary along with various benefits throughout their career. Annual salaries for nurses in the NHS are determined by a structured pay scale, known as Agenda for Change (AfC), which categorizes employees based on their level of responsibility and experience. As an entry-level nurse, one can expect to begin at Band 5, earning approximately £24,907 (R$162,000.00)  per annum. With increased experience and skills, nurses may advance to higher bands, such as Band 6 earning around £31,365 (R$204,000.00)  per year and Band 7 with a yearly salary around £38,890 (R$252,000.00). Additionally, nurses often receive benefits including pension schemes, generous holiday entitlements, and continuous professional development opportunities. Overall, nursing professionals within the NHS are well-supported through competitive pay rates, ample growth opportunities, and numerous benefits that contribute to a rewarding career.

Now Discuss the Vocabulary:

Grammar Section THREE:

In the following sentence, identify the correct use of a gerund phrase and explain its function: “Nursing patients back to health requires dedication, and Janet enjoys doing it as her full-time profession.”

Video Listening Section:    Listen to the video and answer the questions below.


          1. What is her name and her title as a nurse?
          2. What area of nursing does she work in?
          3. Name two of her duties during a typical day.
          4. How long does it take to train as a nurse in the UK?
          5. What is the average salary range for a “Staff Nurse” working for the National Health Service? (Google)

Section Three: A Typical Day

A typical day in the life of a nurse working for the NHS begins with a morning handover, during which they receive updates on their patients and any ongoing care requirements. Throughout the day, the nurse attends to a wide range of duties, including administering medication, observing and assessing patients’ conditions, updating medical records, and communicating with patients and their families to provide education and emotional support. The nurse also collaborates closely with other healthcare professionals, such as doctors and therapists, to develop and implement comprehensive care plans. Amidst their daily routine tasks, NHS nurses display unwavering compassion and resilience while advocating for their patients’ well-being and maintaining high standards of care within the demanding healthcare environment.

Now Discuss the Vocabulary:

Grammar Section FOUR:

In the following paragraph about patient care, identify and correct any grammatical errors while maintaining the intended meaning related to nursing practice:

“Among the essential skills a nurse need to possess, active listening and empathy is of utmost importance, as it fosters trust between a patient and nurse. The nurse should always communicates this by attentively addressing patients’ concerns without interrupting. In cases where the nurses must be working for long hours, they have to manage their fatigue in order to provided continuous and effective care.”

Section Four:

In order to work as a nurse within the National Health Service (NHS), individuals must meet specific qualifications and requirements. To begin their journey, aspiring nurses typically complete a university degree in nursing, such as the Bachelor of Nursing (BN) or Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSc). This degree programme equips them with the knowledge and skills needed for nursing practice, covering subjects like anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and nursing theory. Upon completion, it is essential to register as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), demonstrating that one has met professional standards and legal requirements. Additionally, being CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) certified and having relevant work experience or placements within a healthcare setting can improve prospective nurses’ chances of obtaining a role within the NHS.

Now Discuss the Vocabulary:

Grammar Section:

In the context of nursing, choose the most appropriate option that correctly completes the following sentence:  “The patient, _____ had a fever, expressed their gratitude to the nurse for administering medication on time.”

a) whose
b) whom
c) who
d) which

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How much does a Staff Nurse at NHS make? The typical NHS Staff Nurse salary is £29,244 (R$190,000) per year. Staff Nurse salaries at NHS can range from £19,475 – £45,000 per year. This estimate is based upon 121 NHS Staff Nurse salary report(s) provided by employees or estimated based upon statistical methods.
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