Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) has a reputation for supporting nurses to further develop their careers from the point of registration in line with the Department of Health Nursing Career Framework.

We pride ourselves on providing our staff with opportunities to both strengthen their current skills and develop new ones.

We want to provide world-class education so that we can be sure that our patients and families are being cared for by nurses whose practice reflects our aims to provide world-class clinical care underpinned by world-class research.

Developing new starters 

We have a team of Nurse Practice Educators (PEs) who are based in each of the clinical units and some of our corporate departments.

The PEs work together with our Educational services team to deliver a bespoke core induction programme for all newly registered nurses starting work at GOSH. This programme runs twice a year in September and March.

The PEs also contribute to the regular monthly corporate induction programme for all other nurses starting work at GOSH and co-ordinate local inductions so that the process is tailor-made to meet the individual needs of each new nurse and each nursing role.

In addition to individual, ward-based posts at Band 5, we offer a rotation programme for newly registered nurses. 

Learn more about the work of a GOSH practice educator in our video:

If you are having problems viewing the above video, please watch it here on YouTube. A video transcript is also available.

Preceptorship and clinical supervision

All newly registered nurses are expected to complete a formal preceptorship programme during their first year. We also encourage all nurses to access regular ongoing clinical supervision. This is especially important when they are moving into a new role. A wide range of our nurses are trained and available to provide clinical supervision to other nurses.

Continuing Personal Professional Development (CPPD)

During your first year of working at GOSH, you will be supported to undertake a range of internal training and development through the personal development review (PDR) process

Once you have qualified for at least one year, we will encourage you to gain a Nursing and Midwifery Council recognised mentorship qualification by completing an academic module, Mentoring and Enabling Learning in the Practice Setting, at London South Bank University (LSBU). This will enable you to begin to provide mentorship for student nurses and other learners, and act as a preceptor or clinical supervisor for other registered nurses.

As you move between wards and specialties or progress to more senior roles, our PEs work with Ward Sisters and Nurse Managers to co-ordinate a range of educational opportunities to enable you to continue to develop. These include training in core and high dependency children's and young people's nursing care, as well as speciality-related education, often in partnership with LSBU. You can gain credits towards an academic award at undergraduate, Masters or Doctoral degree level. 

Clinical and work-based learning is often multi-disciplinary and supported by our Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Practitioners/Advanced Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Consultants, as well as colleagues from across the multi-disciplinary team. 

Our Educational services team also runs management and leadership development programmes and training in improvement methodology and human factors. This training supports our staff in managing, leading and continually transforming our services to reflect the changing needs of our patients and their families.

You can find more information about our internal education and training by accessing our online learning campus (GOLD - GOSH Online Learning and Development) and reading the prospectus of educational opportunities for children's nurses at LSBU.

Training to be a children's nurse 

In partnership with London Southbank University, GOSH offers placements to pre-registration children’s nursing students in a variety of high quality clinical settings. There is a committed team of Nurse Mentors across the wards to ensure that pre-registration nurses are supported whilst in practice. At GOSH we also have a dedicated Student Practice Facilitator team to provide additional support to pre-registration students. 
More about training to be a children's nurse, including details about our open days and application process>