Join our nursing team
A nursing career at Great Ormond Street (GOSH) will give you a unique opportunity to become an expert in your field.
We have the largest breadth of specialties under one roof enabling you to work alongside colleagues to diagnose and treat children with highly complex and rare conditions.
With over 63 specialties across eight nursing directorates at GOSH, there will be a place for you!
Welcoming nurses under all parts on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Register
Are you an Adult, Mental Health, or Learning Disability Registered nurse?
Find out how you can bring your skills, knowledge and experience to an exciting nursing role at GOSH.
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Newly registered nurses
Newly registered Practitioners at GOSH benefit from a unique education pathway, approved by Health Education England (HEE), that is specifically designed to support your continued clinical development and enhance your workplace wellbeing.
The Graduate Team supports newly registered nurses, nursing associates and Operating Department Practitioners.
“A perfect blend of personal and professional development”
Graduate Programme: Years 1 & 2
At GOSH, all of our newly registered practitioners go are entered into a graduate programme. This includes a 12-month Preceptorship Programme which includes a bespoke orientation week, Trust and ward inductions, a two-week supernumerary period (3 months on ITU areas), ward experience, an identified preceptor, IV study days, Conflict Resolution Training, BLS+ training and a 4-day Preceptorship Programme. As of September 2019, this will be accredited, and those participating will earn 20 credits at level 6 or 7.
The second year of the Graduate Programme is focused around advanced knowledge and skills and is overseen by the senior operational team. This course is designed to continue support for our newly registered pracitioners, as well as standardise their education pathway. This course include the Student Assessment qualification, preceptor qualification, as well as other content surrounding quality improvement, career progression and revalidation.
In their third year, our newly-registered nurses are given the opportunity to undertake their third year graduate programme, coordinated by the operational team.
Our extensive newly-registered practitioner education programme is designed to:
- Build confidence and provide a robust peer support network
- Enhance professional career development through clinical and non-clinical skill development
- Provide a springboard for revalidation
- Provide a regular check in opportunity with neutral but knowledgeable facilitators
- Support and develop their wellbeing, resilience and emotional intelligence
All NRP recruitment is a centralised cohort recruitment campaign which is undertaken three times a year by the Nursing Workforce Team.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out our next intake for you to apply.
International nurse recruitment
GOSH welcomes nurses from all over the world. However, before working at GOSH, all of our international nurses must have the following:
- Nursing registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
- Work permit
To nurse children in the UK you must be registered on the Child Health part of the register. This requires you to have undertaken specialist academic and clinical practice in children's nursing.
- Undertake an International English Language Test (IELTS)
- Complete an Overseas Nursing Programme when you arrive
In most of our departments, we are only able to employ Child Health registered nurses so it is important that you have obtained the appropriate registration before seeking a job with us.
In specialist environments, such as Theatres and Cardiac Critical Care, we accept a limited number of Registered General Nurses. Specialty-specific experience is a priority.
For more information email: Nursing.Jobs@gosh.nhs.uk
Great Ormond Street Hospital has partnered up with Capital Nurse to recruit internationally trained nurses and would welcome applications from experienced nurses with the relevant specialist paediatric experience.
We work alongside agencies that guide candidates through this process to ensure they are full supported.
Accesst the agencies we work with - if you find one that’s suitable you can contact them and they will be more than happy to assist.
We offer placements to pre-registration children’s nursing students in a variety of high quality clinical settings. Placements at GOSH are available to students at any of our partner universities:
Elective placements for students
Children’s nursing students at other universities can still undertake an elective placement at GOSH. These elective placements are usually offered throughout the year for a two to four-week period. Places are limited and availability depends on the demand from our partner universities, as our hosted students take priority. For more information please email: email@example.com
Please be aware that due to the current climate, we are currently unable to offer elective placements.
There is a committed team of Practice Assessors 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.
Nursing and HCA bank
The GOSH Nursing and HCA bank provides high-quality paediatric healthcare workers to ensure a high level of consistent staffing on the wards and departments, and minimise the reliance on third party agency workers.
Our bank staff have excellent development opportunities, both through their day-to-day work and their further professional development, and receive more benefits and job security than agency workers. Our bank staff also have the flexibility to choose the shifts they want and are paid on a weekly basis.
By registering with the bank, you will not only have the opportunity to gain experience in the one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals but will also have access to the following benefits:
- Flexible shifts to suit you
- Ward orientation
- Internal training
- NHS pension
- Online booking and timesheet system
- Competitive rates of pay
- Priority over agency workers
- Pleasant working environment
We have shifts available for nurses and healthcare assistants (Bands 3 to 7) through the Great Ormond Street Hospital Nursing and Health Care Assistant Bank.
Nursing and Healthcare Support Workers apprenticeships
At GOSH we are committed to developing our nursing workforce, delivering high quality training and ensuring that everyone has the chance to fulfill their potential.
Healthcare Support Workers play a vital role in our ability to deliver the best care for our patients and the Healthcare Support Worker (HCSW) apprenticeship programme is a fantastic opportunity to earn while you learn.
The programme usually takes 12 months to complete during which you will gain confidence, valuable skills and knowledge and real life experience in delivering high quality compassionate care to children, young people and their families. It combines on the job training with support and guidance from a clinical mentor, whilst studying for a nationally recognised qualification.
We are currently piloting the Nursing Associate Programme in collaboration with Health Education England, to provide opportunities for health support workers and Healthcare Assistants to further develop.
We have fantastic opportunities for both HCSWs and HCAs to join our specialist teams across the Trust. You will work with friendly and experienced staff committed to delivering a high standard of care to children, young people and their families.
For more information, please access our: Healthcare Support Worker and Healthcare Assistant opportunities
Access further information about the Nursing Associate role on the Health Education England website.
For more information please contact: Nursing.Jobs@gosh.nhs.uk
Return to practice
Were you previously a registered children’s nurse and thinking of returning to paediatric nursing? Your skills and experience are needed more than ever, and there has never been a better time to return to nursing … it is easier than you might think!
Return to practice programme
The Return to Practice Programme prepares you for re-entry into the professional register and is an essential requirement for returning to nursing and regaining registration. The programme will refresh your skills, leaving you ready to return to nursing with confidence. It involves a combination of classroom and placement-based learning, so you can apply theory to practice right from the start.
Who is the programme suitable for?
The Return to Practice programme offers nurses with a lapsed registration an opportunity to become active again on the NMC register with a view that this will lead to employment as a registered nurse.
At Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) we welcome paediatric return to practice nurses on placement via the paid or voluntary route. There will be the opportunity upon completion of your placement and re-entry ono the NMC register to apply for any of our suitable job vacancies.
Your commitment will be to the 10-week university based programme (usually one day per week) alongside the undertaking of clinical placement hours (min. 22.5 hours per week).
Programmes available in London: How do I apply?
Led by supportive tutors, assessors and supervisors, there four University programmes available across London, all created to refresh your nursing skills so that you’re ready to return to practice. Please click on the links below to be taken to the University websites to find out more about the programmes and how to apply:
As courses are constantly evolving, please contact the University to clarify if they are currently offering the Children’s Nursing Return to PracticeProgramme.
Financial support for your studies
You won’t just be emotionally supported, you’ll be financially supported too. NHS Health Education England (HEE) will provide funding towards your course fees. You’ll also either be given a bursary to help cover any childcare, travel and book costs, or you will be paid a salary, depending on the route you take to return (paid or voluntary).
Is there an alternative to the Return to Practice Programme?
There is another route to regain your registration, called the Test of Competence (ToC). This was introduced by the NMC in January 2020. It involves a computer based test (CBT) and an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
For more detailed information about the ToC, please visit this page.
The ToC does not require you to attend a university, or a clinical placement, and could potentially offer a quicker route back to practice. However, this is not the “easy option” back to practice – please do your research to decide whether this is right for you. We would not encourage returners to undertake the ToC without preparation or recent practice-based experience in a supported clinical environment.
If you would like to find out more information about returning to practice, please email:
For further details access Return to Practice Guide for prospective nursing returners January 2022.