Teach in the UK • 2 Min read

5th December 2019

How does the NHS work?

The NHS in the UK

One of the benefits of living in the UK is that everyone has access to free, universal healthcare through the NHS. Whilst the system is a complicated one, using it is very straightforward. The NHS has existed since 1948, as a result of the end of World War II, which saw the previous volunteer hospitals relying on funding from the government.

What is the process for using the NHS?

Everyone is registered at a local General Practitioner’s Surgery (GP) which is the first point of contact for most non-emergency health issues. The GP will assess your health, and can prescribe medicine or refer you to a hospital department if further treatment is needed. 

The prescription may incur a small “prescription charge”, which is £9.00 per item at time of writing, though you can keep up-to-date on the current prescription charges on the NHS website. All hospital treatment is free, whether it’s an emergency operation, scheduled blood tests, or anything else.

Can I use Private Healthcare?

There are private healthcare organisations in the UK for those who wish to use them, though the vast majority of people use the NHS as it is easy to do so and provides great quality healthcare to everyone. Some companies in the UK offer private healthcare as a perk to their workers.

At Engage, we offer all our teachers some complementary health perks, such as 24/7 remote GP access and discounts on health items such as gym memberships.

How does the NHS get funded?

The NHS is paid for by the government, using funds from taxes. This means everyone pays towards the NHS from their income and other taxes, unless they earn too little to pay taxes, or are exempt for any other reason.

Your new life in England

When you register with Engage, you receive comprehensive relocation support from day one. Whether you’re moving to the UK alone, or with your family, we’ll give you all the advice and support you need to make the transition go as smoothly as possible.

Once you arrive in the UK and begin your new teaching role in England, we’ll help you find your feet with a £1000 relocation bonus over your first year, on-going training and CPD, mental health & wellbeing support, and travel and retail discounts.

Excited? We are too. Register to begin your new life in the UK.

Contact Engage today to see what teaching jobs in London may suit you and apply today.

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