A career with the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust offers many opportunities for professional development, personal satisfaction, education and achievement. Whether you’re just starting out or planning your next move, there's plenty of opportunity to build your skills and find your career path.
Career pathways in nursing
We have many opportunities to join Mid Yorkshire Hospitals and begin a career in Nursing, from entry level Healthcare Assistants through to Registered Nurse, Sister/Charge Nurse, Matron and beyond.
You can view our nursing career pathway here.
School of Nursing
The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and University of Bradford School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership
We have partnered with The University of Bradford to establish an on-site nursing school and degree programme at Dewsbury and District Hospital.
The school aims to boost nursing recruitment for our Trust and widen degree course participation in the local area by offering The University of Bradford's existing pre-registration BSc (Hons) Nursing programme in Adult Nursing.
Clinical practice experience makes up 50% of time on this three year programme, which has a single intake in April.
For further information about the programme please visit the University of Bradford's course page. Here you will find information on:
- entry requirements
- how to apply
- study modules
- learning and assessment methods
- career prospects.
Staff currently working in our Trust are encouraged to apply if they hold relevant qualifications and are interested in progressing to a Registered Nurse role.
What our students say
Jemma Pickering, one of our newly qualified nurses, tells us a little bit about the degree programme:
"I started The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s School of Nursing in April 2018, and recently graduated in April 2021.
The course is 50% theory and 50% placement, based at Dewsbury Hospital, which familiarised us and made us known within the Trust from day one. I particularly enjoyed the clinical skills within the course, as this is a place we could make mistakes and improve our skills, without risking patient care. It allowed for us to practice our skills and ensured we did the correct procedures on the “patient manikins” rather than a real patient. The assessments were nerve-wracking, however the lecturers at the School of Nursing are all very approachable and ‘human’, so this was delivered informally and ensured a more relaxed environment.
The support received from the university is second to none, and because they are in collaboration with Mid Yorkshire Hospitals, they work together to deliver sessions involving the Trust, the students and the university, giving it a family feel.
My advice to anyone considering joining the school of nursing is GO FOR IT! 100%! Just ensure you are organised, buy a diary and keep up to date with your studies and you won't go far wrong. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!”
All teaching will take place in our Oakwell Centre at Dewsbury & District Hospital, where there are purpose-designed facilities for students, which enable an exciting range of teaching and learning opportunities to be provided.
Work before you study
Our Trust will offer a fixed term contract of employment as a Healthcare Assistant to successful applicants who accept their offer of study with the University of Bradford. This will give applicants an opportunity to gain some experience working in the Trust before the start of the programme in April.
Earn whilst you learn
Once you have enrolled on the programme you will be given the option to work shifts (NHSP) at our Trust on the days when there is no teaching.
MY 3 step career pathway
Our three steps career pathway was introduced to: enable clear identification of where a Band 5 nurse is in their career journey; establish that relevant training they have undertaken and need to complete in order to progress to the next step; and to easily identify the level of competence of each nurse. In addition this pathway provides clear identification of nurses that have the transferable and interchangeable skills to support permanent wards and/or extra capacity wards. The pathway consists of three levels:
- Fresher Nurse / Registered Nurse Graduates
- Junior Nurse
- Senior Nurse
Nurses are identified by a coloured logo sticker that is attached to their name badge. The results from our evaluation of this approach the majority of adult inpatient areas are using this approach.
Graduate Nurse programme
We have a dedicated Professional Development and Education Unit (PDEU), who are leading the way nationally with their award-winning programme for supporting newly qualified nurses to make the transition from students to registered nurses.
Our Graduate Nurse programme is designed to promote the values and culture of the Trust as a positive workplace which staff enjoy being a part of. The Graduate Nurse Programme has been planned around the needs of what new nurses told us they wanted:
- to work in a supportive team
- reasonable workloads and staffing
- job satisfaction
- to feel valued
- to have a pleasant working environment.
Our Navigator Programme is an excellent way to expand and build your career portfolio. If you are a newly qualified nurse and unsure of the area you want to specialise in, or an experienced nurse looking to expand your knowledge and skills in all areas of a speciality, the Navigator Programme is ideal.
Each Navigator Programme will provide you with the opportunity to rotate between divisional specialities or cross divisions depending on the pathway chosen. This programme runs for 16 months, with nurses spending four months in each of the their four chosen areas. At the end of the rotation you will be offered priority to work in their preferred areas.
RCN clinical leadership
We deliver two cohorts of a twelve month RCN Clinical Leadership Programme, aimed at aspiring and current clinical leaders who feel they would like to develop their leadership skills further at Band 6 and 7 or equivalent.
Throughout the programme candidates will develop their leadership skills using a bespoke coaching framework and throughout the programme will:
- lead a service improvement project in their workplace
- learn the most effective way to manage change in the clinical environment
- experience coaching as a supportive development tool and understand how to coach colleagues.