Nursing and midwifery pathways

Nurses in corridor

We employ just over 5,000 nurses and midwives who are passionate about putting our patients first.

We often see our staff develop into leadership and specialist roles and have just under 300 clinical specialist roles for nurses and midwives.

Nurses and midwives are crucial to patient experiences and outcomes. Our opportunities range from clinical apprenticeships through to senior clinical posts.

Nursing and midwifery training

We pride ourselves on our close working partnerships between our hospitals and education establishments, including the University of Nottingham who we partner with to deliver training and clinical placements for nurses and midwives.

Find out more about our nursing and midwifery training >


Preceptorship is a 12-18 month transition period with structured support to enhance the skills, knowledge, competence and confidence of our newly qualified staff. We have a strong programme 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.

It is available for all nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and healthcare scientists across the five sites.

Find out more about our preceptorship programme >

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 >

We provide 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.

Physiotherapist Sophie had seven years off work, bringing up her family, before deciding to return to practice > at UHDB.

Temporary staffing

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.

If you are looking for flexible work that can fit around your other commitments >, and are dedicated to providing the very best care for patients then we would like to hear from you.

Recruitment events

We hold regular midwifery recruitment events > at our hospitals and recently had open days at both Royal Derby Hospital and Queen's Hospital Burton. Follow us on social media to see updates on upcoming events.