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Newly Qualified Nursing Opportunities

Student Nurse? About to graduate and looking to start in September? At Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), we have a wide range of opportunities we really want to share with you.

Who we are

We’re proud to be the UK’s largest NHS Trust. More importantly, we’re proud of our integrated health, teaching, research and innovation campus in the thriving city of Manchester, that offers a unique range of services to our diverse communities across the North West and beyond.

Support is the cornerstone of everything here. Join MFT and you join an organisation that cares for everyone. Bringing together 10 hospitals and community services from across Manchester, Trafford and beyond, we pool our knowledge, skills and resources to be the best for our patients, and each other. Everyone plays their part in providing outstanding care. And everyone has the opportunity to grow in a diverse, endlessly supportive environment where supervision is taken incredibly seriously.

What we offer

At MFT, we have more opportunities available than any other Trust. Including every kind of speciality across our different sites. (Right now, for instance, we have expert Research departments leading the way with COVID-19.)  And that doesn’t remain static. We’ll support you at every stage of your career to open doors and keep growing.

Our Preceptorship is really strong too. This multi-disciplinary programme includes named preceptors, pastoral support programmes, protected time, eLearning and a two-week induction, among much else.

We offer a range of in-house development programmes as well as opportunities to undertake professional education offered by our four local universities.

Celebrating our people is incredibly important to us. Our ‘Be Brilliant’ programme and yearly Excellence Awards recognise the very best performance throughout the organisation. But it’s not just about the big events. You’ll find that our drive to support you to be the best you can be happens all year round – with excellence reports, appraisals, revalidation, accreditations and so on.

Ultimately it boils down to this: we’ll offer you a career’s worth of learning, development, challenges and opportunities across a range of specialties.

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Before you apply

If what we’re saying resonates with you, we’d love you to apply. But before you do, take a look at our people videos. Here you’ll find MFT nurses talking about about the roles, working environments and opportunities on offer here so you can see for yourself why our Trust is the best place to start your career.


Why Should I join #TeamMft?

To be a nurse at MFT is to be part of something special. As the UK’s largest NHS Trust, with a leading integrated health, teaching, research and innovation campus in the thriving city of Manchester, we offer a unique range of services to our diverse communities across the North West and beyond. We offer the opportunity to work across a range of specialties and job roles, which means that you can spend your entire career here, should you want to.


How will MFT look after me?

  • Staff Support – Our self-referral service is open to all staff and offers individual counselling and therapy for personal and work-related issues.
  • Health & Wellbeing – Our multidisciplinary team delivers a range of services including Fitness for Work advice and support; rapid access physiotherapy; Emotional Resilience and Wellbeing training; Immunisation and Vaccination Programmes.
  • Full and part-time training and career development – You will have your own personal development plan and your progress will be reviewed annually so you can provide the best care to our patients.
  • Flexible Working – We’re committed to developing a passionate, flexible workforce that is able to adapt to the changing needs of the NHS. If you wish to work flexibly, we’ll do everything in our powers to help you do so and maintain a healthy work/life balance.
  • Staff Networks – We are committed to our Equality and Diversity policy and recognise that real support is needed if all staff are to reach their full potential. We have three staff networks: Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Staff Network, Disabled Staff Network, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Staff Network.
  • Staff Benefits Team – This dedicated team can give you advice and information on childcare both in and outside the Trust.
  • Benefit Events – We hold events for staff where companies offering discounts attend and exhibit.
  • Staff Discounts – A number of companies offer discounts to our staff. All discounts are advertised on our intranet where there is a dedicated section on Staff Benefits.
  • Salary Sacrifice Scheme – Cars, Bicycles, Car Parking and Child Care Vouchers.
  • Interest-Free Travel Loans/Discounted Travel Tickets – We offer interest-free loans so you can purchase an annual travel ticket. We also provide discounted weekly and monthly Stagecoach bus tickets.
  • Day Nursery – Our First Steps Day Nursery is an Ofsted-registered purpose-built facility at Manchester Royal Infirmary accommodating 89 children in eight age-related rooms. Children are admitted from birth and can remain in the nursery until they go to school. Our other on-site nursery, Kids Allowed, provides full and part-time places to children aged between six weeks old and school age. You can PAY your fees by salary sacrifice.


Do you offer a bespoke package for newly qualified nurses?

The move from student to newly qualified nurse is a particularly crucial stage in your journey to becoming an experienced practitioner. And we know that it can feel challenging and overwhelming. That’s why we offer all the support and opportunities you need to fulfil your potential, through our multi-disciplinary 12-month Preceptorship Programme.

What are the benefits of MFT’s Preceptorship Programme?

Shortlisted in the 2019 Nursing Times Workforce awards, our comprehensive Preceptorship programme includes:

  • Induction to the Trust, at corporate, clinical and local levels
  • Resource pack and competency framework
  • Local pastoral support programme
  • A Named Preceptor in your area of work
  • Protected time to complete a transitional e-learning programme

As well as eLearning and meetings with named Preceptors, our investment in your future means you’ll benefit from additional pastoral support and guidance from our dedicated team of Practice Based Educators, Clinical Educators and Educational Development Practitioners. The preceptorship team can be contacted via email:


I am currently undertaking my extended paid placement at MFT; will I get supernumerary time once I change roles?

Yes! All new starters will get protected supernumerary time; this is then reviewed on an individual basis with your preceptor/ward manager.

What if I’m not sure about where I want to work as a qualified practitioner?

Rotational programmes are available across the Trust, rotating across three different wards or departments over 12-18 months. You’ll gain exposure to a range of medical and surgical settings. At the end of your programme, you’ll be offered a permanent contract in an area you genuinely enjoy working in.

How will I be supported during the COVID-19 outbreak?

We recognise that you won’t have been able to attend our usual open days/ recruitment events to discuss your potential career here.  Please take a look at our careers site and social media platforms for further information about our Trust so that you can make an informed decision about your future.

For those applying to join us, interviews will be arranged following shortlisting and will be conducted via Skype.

Please be assured that our Nurses strictly follow the Trusts infection prevention and control guidance.  We are equipped to manage any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19. This includes adherence to the infection prevention and control procedures. We also have close links with infection control teams and Public Health England.

Our Nurses are advised to continue with personal protective and equipment measures in a clinical setting in accordance with local policy and, particularly, ensure that effective hand hygiene is adhered to.

To ensure our Trust is ‘caring for you, as you care for others’ we have a variety of ways to access support across the Trust:

  • Information and Support Guides on the EHW intranet site and MLCO/TLCO extranet.
  • Caring For You: Daily Wellbeing Sessions provided by a Psychological Wellbeing Therapist – dial in from anywhere.
  • Virtual COVID-19 Traumatic Incident Debriefs are available to your department should a particularly distressing incident occur.
  • Access to the 24-hour Employee Assistance Programme.

For further information on any of the above services, please contact Employee Health and Wellbeing

How to apply

The application process couldn’t be easier.

Before considering an application, it’s important to read the Job Description and Person Specification in full and if it’s a role that really lands with you and you feel you’d find a rewarding career here, based on your qualifications, skills and experience, please submit an online application.

This should outline your educational achievements and qualifications and your key skills and experience – remember to draw off both work and non-work related experience – this can also include experience whilst on clinical placements. For more general information visit

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