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Nursing and midwifery

We are delighted that you are researching and considering developing your career to deliver Exceptional Care Together at UHDB.

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.

We 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.


Preceptorship is for newly qualified staff entering the trust, staff that are returning to practice, or for staff that may be transitioning from one part of the register to another (i.e. Nursing Associate to Registered Nurse).

It is available for all Nurses, Midwives, Allied Health Professionals and Healthcare Scientists across the five sites.

Find out more about our Preceptorship programme >

Temporary staffing (our 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.

Derby Health Staffing (a wholly owned subsidiary of UHDB) provides temporary clinical bank staffing services across all University Hospitals of Derby and Burton sites.

DHS provide a temporary clinical bank staffing service where staff can select flexible working options and receive weekly payments. Working additional hours via the bank contributes directly to providing safe staffing levels and continuity of care for patients whilst reducing the reliance on the use of agency staff.

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.

Benefits of joining Derby Health Staffing include:

  • Variety of job roles available
  • Competitive pay rates
  • Pension scheme (NEST)
  • Access to training
  • Flexibility – no obligation, pick the shifts you want

For more information please contact | 01332 788 446

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.

Visit the Health Education England website (opens in new window) >

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.

Hear from people who have returned to practice

Read about our case study, Sophie, who returned to practice after a 7 year career break >

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