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Nursing and midwifery

Hello, my name is Cathy Winfield,

I am delighted that you are researching and considering developing your career to deliver Exceptional Care Together at UHDB. I am both proud and privileged to lead nursing and midwifery across five hospital sites. We employ just over 5,000 nurses and midwives who are passionate at putting our patients first.

We can offer a number of opportunities for our nurses and midwives, who we believe are valuable and crucial to patient experiences and outcomes. Our opportunities range from clinical apprenticeships through to senior clinical posts. We are a test site for the new role of nursing associate and have just seen our legacy cohort graduate and register with the NMC.

We provide clinical placements for a number of health care students, who are supported to reach their full potential from our multi-professional Practice Learning support Unit (PLSU). We have a strong preceptorship programme for our newly qualified staff that constantly links into their ongoing development and personal career aspirations. We have a robust support programme in place for our overseas nurses and rotations and secondment’s for our staff to access.

At UHDB we often see our staff develop into leadership and specialists roles and have just under 300 clinical specialist roles for nurses and midwives and around 90 Advanced Clinical Practitioners (ACP) from a variety of professional groups.

I genuinely hope you may consider developing your nursing or midwifery career at UHDB, so that you can shine and be the best nurse and midwife you can be.

Best Wishes


Cathy Winfield
Executive Chief Nurse, University Hospitals of Derby & Burton


Our preceptorship helps newly qualified practitioners develop their confidence, knowledge and skills.

The structured 12 month programme includes:

  • support from a dedicated preceptor
  • a network of professional development advisors and facilitators
  • an induction programme with training covering:
    • essential-to-role training
    • training specific to your division
    • IT training

Once you have completed your preceptorship, you can continue your professional development in a number of ways.

For example, you can:

  • train to become a preceptor
  • learn additional skills such as ECG, peripheral cannulation or catheterisation
  • work on ward-improvement projects
  • become a link nurse

Flexible working (Staff Bank)

staff around a station

We utilise a flexible workforce for a variety of staff groups across many settings and specialties. This enables us to ensure we have good teamwork, safe staffing levels and continuity of care for our patients.

Help us to help you by joining our flexible workforce, and receive competitive pay and benefits.

Benefits of working as a flexible worker at UHDB Trust include:

  • A variety of different job roles available
  • Competitive pay rates on offer for all staff groups
  • Premium pay rates available for registered nurses and midwives comparable to other local trust banks
  • Holiday pay
  • Access to the NHS Pension Scheme (or NEST where applicable)
  • Induction and mandatory training updates
  • Family friendly working – no obligations, pick the shifts you want
  • Access to UHDB Trust's internal contracted job adverts

Contact Flexible Staffing on:

Telephone: 01332 787 034 / 01332 787 898 / 01332 787 690

If you already work for UHDB please visit the intranet for details on registering with flexible staffing.

Return to practice

If you have previously been a registered health professional and wish to return to your profession, then you may need to complete a return-to-practice programme.

UHDB provides a range of support to help staff return to clinical practice. We work with Health Education England, who may be able to offer financial and academic support to health professionals wishing to undertake a return to practice scheme.

The return to practice programme supports the commitments made in the NHS Long Term Plan to recruit more people into the workforce and ensure staff have rewarding jobs and work in a positive culture. The initiative within Derby and Derbyshire aims to encourage nurses, midwives, allied health professionals (AHPs) and healthcare scientists (HSCs) all to return to practice. There are vacancies waiting for returnees in both health and social care roles in Derby and Derbyshire.

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