Portfolio Careers for Health Professionals
The following web pages have been specifically designed to inform multi professional health clinicians of the variety and sources of both clinical and non-clinical portfolio opportunities available to them
Carers that link in or support clinical specialism - either within or external to trust based work (e.g. general or speciality specific education & training , research or project management opportunities)
Careers that utilise a broader skillset linked to Medicine or other clinical specialism in some way (e.g. journalism, medico-legal, pharma, mgt consultancy etc.)
Careers that utilise a broader non-clinical skillset or interest (e.g. writing, yoga teaching, IT software development etc.)
What is a portfolio career?
Portfolio careers are usually built around a collection of skills and interests, though the only consistent theme is one of career self-management. With a portfolio career you no longer have one job, one employer, but multiple jobs and employers within one or more professions.
Developing a portfolio career as a health care professional is becoming more popular for a variety of reasons
What could be the benefits of a portfolio career?
Some do it seeking a better work/life balance. Some do it for the variety and use of multiple skill sets. Some do it for the autonomy so that they -- rather than the NHS control their fate. Some do it to gain freedom from trust/organisation agendas and politics. Some do it to follow multiple passions or for personal growth and fulfilment. Some do it for the pace and constant change. And some do it as a second career after retiring early from full-time employment, seeking new challenges and greater fulfilment.
The emerging importance of greater flexibility in staff work patterns and interests, and the benefits gained in terms of innovation, development, contentment and retention has been recognised has also been acknowledged and recognised in the NHS Long Term Plan
But establishing and managing a portfolio career is not easy for many. Deciding on the types of jobs to seek, finding employers willing to hire, balancing competing demands for time, and managing the effort are key drawbacks mentioned. There's also the loss of benefits, possible drop in earnings, higher levels of uncertainty, lack of a regular routine, and feelings of isolation to consider.