About the Department
Our purpose is to transform the lives of clients and their families and the careers of our practitioners by providing high quality learning opportunities geared to the needs of the profession and the workplace.
We believe in the importance of working in partnership with a wide range of health and social care organisations to plan the workforce of the future. The role of the nurse is rapidly changing as health care delivery shifts from hospital to community settings and the nurse of the future needs to be dynamic, innovative and ready to adapt to changing roles and responsibilities in providing increasingly complex health care. We work closely with the Strategic Health Authority, health care commissioners and leading figures in hospital and community settings at regional, national and international level to achieve this goal. Our graduates are respected in the region for the quality of the education and training they receive and our courses are well evaluated by national professional regulatory bodies and quality assurance agencies. Employment opportunities at the point of registration are extremely good.
If you are looking for a career in nursing the pay and professional rewards and career opportunities are excellent. With pay starting at £21,176 for a Band 5 newly qualified Staff Nurse rising to around £80,810 for a senior management position at Band 8d. Newly qualified staff nurses can undertake a preceptorship programme with their employers which is supported by the Department and go onto study at Masters level in a range of applied fields such as acute care, long term conditions, end of life care and many more. We also offer PhD programmes for nurses looking for clinical academic careers, or research fellowships.
If you are interested in working as an Associate Practitioner or health care assistant there are opportunities to undertake a work related Foundation Degree and Associate Practitioner roles. This leads on to opportunities to register to become a nurse or other types of health professional through our degree programmes undertaking an accelerated career route. We are also interested in working with employers to sponsor Health Care Assistants to undertake further education and development so we are keen to hear from you. For more information about pay scales and career opportunities visit the NHS Careers website http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/|