Working in the NHS

The NHS relies on interpreters to work with patients, carers and clinicians to communicate effectively. Accurate interpreting is vital to ensure equal access to care for all, and so that patients understand their care and get the best health outcomes.

Interpreters are required to work flexibly in all NHS environments including hospitals, specialist units and GP surgeries, playing a hugely important and rewarding role. Even when a patient or caregiver can speak basic English, an interpreter can help to ensure that medical terminology, lifesaving instructions and culturally sensitive issues are accurately communicated. Unrestricted access to services is something that the NHS prides itself on offering to anyone who needs it.

A Level 3 qualification in Community Interpreting and relevant healthcare interpreting experience are the minimum entry requirements for most NHS Trusts.