Become a nurse at GOSH

Join the team 

With the largest breadth of specialties under one roof, a career at GOSH will give you a unique opportunity to become an expert in your field, enabling you to work alongside colleagues to diagnose and treat children with highly complex and rare conditions.

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Welcoming nurses under all parts on the 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

Return to Practice (RTP) information

It is an excellent time to return! Here’s why.

City, University of London’s RTP programme is a single 30-credit module and is part of the BSc Nursing Studies degree. On successful completion you will be eligible to re-register with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC). Health Education England funds the cost of the university course. In North London our trusts, GP practices and care homes are working together to offer a huge range of opportunities for returning nurses. So, if you were once a nurse and your registration has lapsed, why not join our comprehensive Return to Practice programme? Your wealth of experience and your life skills are vital for today’s NHS and care sector. Colleagues in practice placement settings are ready to welcome you, make you part of the team and get you up and running as a registered nurse as quickly as possible. You’ve got a real contribution to make. 

Undertaking this course can feel a daunting prospect when you have been away from nursing for a while, but we want to assure you that our North London employers understand the challenges, want you to grow in confidence and will work with you to give you the best possible chance of success. There will be a huge body of goodwill, support and encouragement following you through the programme and our education partner City, University of London, your practice educator and our RTP Bureau Lead will help you if you are unsure about anything. Your ability to learn and carry out tasks safely and confidently will be a priority for many people who want to ensure your success. Everybody will be willing you on. After successful completion of the programme and regaining registration, you will soon be ready to take up one of the great nursing opportunities we have waiting for you and will take part in a CapitalNurse Preceptorship programme to further build your confidence and expertise.

A little more about the programme

You can complete the programme in 3-6 months, sometimes longer, depending how long you have been away from nursing and how quickly you complete your clinical competencies.

• 10 face-to-face study days at University (60 hours)

• 10 self-managed learning days (60 hours)

• Practice placement, usually of between 180-300 hours.

You can work full-time or part-time at a minimum of 22.5 hours per week. The number of placement hours depends on how long your registration has lapsed. The usual number of hours is around 300; 40% of your time you will work with your mentor/practice assessor

• Submission of a 2000-word assignment

• Completed Practice Assessment Portfolio

On successful completion of the programme

City, University of London informs the NMC within 4 weeks that you have successfully completed the programme. Once you receive your PIN you are eligible to apply for a Band 5 position as a staff nurse! We are excited about helping you on your journey back into nursing.

Find out more

Capital Nurse RTP Bureau Lead:

University Programme Lead: or 07951 760141

Student nurses

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:

Read more about why you should choose GOSH for your student placement.

Elective placements for students

Children’s nursing students at other universities can still undertake an elective placement at GOSH. These elective placements are 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

Applications will be reviewed for placements within the below timeframes for 2019:

  • 2 March 2019 – 15 March 2019 (Last applications: 6 January 2020)
  • 10 August 2019 – 6 September 2019 (Last applications: 26 April 2020)

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. 

Nurses from overseas

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

This can be a lengthy process so if you are thinking of moving to the UK, you should plan at least a year ahead. If you are from outside of the European Union you will also be required to:

  • Undertake an International English Language Test (IELTS)
  • Complete an Overseas Nursing Programme when you arrive

Critically, 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.

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, please take a look at our FAQs for overseas nurses or email 

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.

To find out more or make an appointment to visit the hospital and get a feel for the working environment, please call 0207 813 8327 or email your CV to

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.

Access further information about the Nursing Associate role on the Health Education England website.

For more information please contact