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Nursing careers with Oxford Health

Could your nursing career be with us?

It takes a special kind of person to respond to the daily challenges of a modern health service with energy and compassion, putting patients at the heart of everything they do.

We have many opportunities within nursing, whether you are looking for your first role as a newly qualified nurse, looking for promotion or a change of direction.

We pride ourselves not only on the provision of high quality, evidence-based care to our patients, but also on the development and investment in our staff too. We offer innovative learning and development opportunities which help you to develop within an environment that is both challenging and supportive.

We provide access to a wide range of development opportunities to reflect the needs of our organisation, including clinical and professional development, vocational qualifications and leadership and management development.

For further information about our nursing opportunities, please leave us your details, and we will be in touch.

Want to know more about nursing as a career?

Most people qualify by studying a degree in nursing. Nursing degrees aren’t all about reading books and exams. There are lots of practical hands on experience with patients in hospital and community settings.

When you first train as a nurse, you’ll need to study for one of the four fields of nursing – mental health, learning disabilities, children’s or adult nursing.  In all fields of nursing you will have the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of people each and every day.

 If you’re caring, compassionate and have a commitment to helping people, there is a nursing role that will suit you.

For more about nursing careers, please visit Health Careers UK.

Or email our careers team.

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A career in nursing is an opportunity to have a real impact, challenge yourself and be part of a trust that is making a real difference, so find out more about the nursing roles we have available:

Adult Nursing Services

Our community hospitals provide rehabilitation and palliative care for people who no longer need the services of an acute hospital, but still require greater support than is provided in their home environment at the moment. Our teams work closely with social services to ensure appropriate care placements and liaise with other care agencies.

Some of our community hospitals have minor injury units, first aid units and x-ray facilities too.  We also provide emergency multidisciplinary units which provide assessment and treatment for adults with sub-acute care needs.

Our community nursing service is made up of a team of nurses with a wide range of skills and knowledge. Our District Nurses have specialist training and care for patients who need these specialist skills to meet their needs.

We also have specialist teams providing bladder and bowel services, advice to prevent falls, a heart failure community nursing service, stroke rehabilitation, diabetes care, respiratory nursing and advice and support to maintain tissue viability.

Children’s Nursing

Our specialised community nursing service cares for children and young peopleChildren who need this care generally have acute illness, long-term conditions, disability or require end-of-life care. The service manages seven-days-a-week care packages in many community settings, including homes and schools.

We provide both a health visiting and school health nursing service as well as a specialised service for looked-after children.  Our Complex Care Service works with children, young people and families where there is a high level of health need that cannot be met by universal services.

Our Family Nurse Partnership is a specialised prevention and intervention programme for teenage parents, from early pregnancy until a child reaches its second birthday. The service is delivered by specialist family nurses.

Learning Disability Nursing

We care for people with a diagnosis of learning disability and complex health presentations who find it hard to access mainstream primary and community services, and need more specialised input and support before moving towards mainstream services.

We also have a small specialist intensive support team which work in partnership with our community teams to reduce the risk of hospitalisation.

Mental Health Nursing

We provide specialist mental health services for adults and older adults across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, both in in-patient wards and in the community.

We provide care to adults with forensic mental health needs (i.e., people who need care in a secure setting), as well as disadvantaged and hard-to-reach groups of adults (such as people with a history of substance abuse and/or involvement with the criminal justice system): these groups often find it hard to access primary and community services, and need more specialised input and support before moving to more mainstream services.

We provide a wide range of children and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Swindon, Wiltshire, Bath and north-east Somerset (BaNES). We work in many settings, including in in-patient units, outpatient settings and people’s own homes.

Newly Qualified Nurses

Our services are a great place to start your career as a nurse: we are keen to support the development of newly qualified nurses, and have developed bespoke preceptorship programmes to provide you with dedicated support and mentoring. We regularly win awards for our student placements as well.

Our practice development team offer guidance, support, and specific advice, running development days, reflective sessions and supervision in practice, according to your individual needs.

We encourage our new nurses to develop their skills, and many progress quickly to further challenges within the trust.

Experienced nurses

There are numerous opportunities for experienced nurses within our services, both in one of our in-patient wards and our community teams.

If you are keen to progress in your nursing career we will provide the help and support you need.

We value experience and specialist skills and are always looking for our next generation of nurse leaders. In return, we offer excellent clinical and professional development as well as leadership and management programmes.

Return to Practice

If you have previously been a registered nurse and want to return to practice,  you may need to undertake a return to practice programme.  The programme provides a platform to work with other professionals to update your skills and knowledge, so that you can return to work in nursing with confidence.

If you are looking to complete a return to practice programme, you can expect:

  • To be employed as a Healthcare Assistant whilst you undertake the programme
  • Course fees to be paid
  • Theory and clinical based training
  • Access to a mentor
  • Simulation techniques to practice skills
  • Preceptorship support

After successfully completing the programme and registering with the NMC, you will be able to obtain a Band 5 Registered Staff Nurse post with us.

International Nurses Programme

Our in-patient teams will support nurses who qualified overseas to successfully complete their Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and gain their NMC registration.

As part of this programme, we are looking for motivated people who have a ‘can do’ attitude and are dedicated to providing high quality care.

You will need to hold a nursing qualification overseas and have at least 12 months experience working as a nurse in the country where you qualified.

Our programme runs over six months and you will receive ongoing support and supervision from the team to make sure that you are prepared for your OSCE  (which will be funded by Oxford Health).

After successfully completing the OSCE and registrating with the NMC, you will be able to obtain a Band 5 Registered Staff Nurse post with the Trust.

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Call the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health Helpline if you need help with a mental health problem, but it is not an emergency. Learn more…

  • For adults and older adults call 01865 904 997
  • For children and young people call 01865 904 998