Career development

Career development

Career development

With so many different specialisms in our hospitals it’s perfectly possible to have an entire career within one trust. We want you to achieve your ambitions and do all the things you want to do, so we have launched various initiatives to help you to bring out your best.

Clinical Senate

This new initiative for our nurses, midwives and allied health professionals brings our team together to discuss and plan key work areas such as clinical practice, teaching and learning, workload, documentation and IT. We are currently developing a strategy to put the feedback into action to make sure that all staff working with us are able to achieve their ambitions and to constantly improve the supportive environment in which we work.

Career Development Programme for Women and BME staff

This programme makes sure that women and BME staff are properly represented in our staff team at all levels of the organisation. Staff come from all backgrounds and include both clinicial and non-clinical staff ranging from Bands 2 to 8c so the group members can learn from one another. The programme is made up of three workshops on personal effectiveness, career planning and job interview skills including input from previous groups and motivational speakers.

We are very proud of the success of people since completing these workshops. Of the 263 staff members who have taken part in the programme, three have been seconded to a different job, forty four have been appointed in a higher band post, eight are receiving personalised mentoring from Barts Health staff, six have commenced the NHS Leadership Academy Core Leadership Programmes, three have started post graduate studies (masters), five are taking part in CIPD, one was a successful recipient of the First Scientific Officer’s Women in Science and Engineering WISE scholarship, one is using her story to help us recruit new nurses by presenting at open days both nationally and internationally, a nurse was interviewed by Nursing Standard and was invited to speak at a London Trust about her experience and one participant is presenting her work in Cape Town to the International Scientific Committee of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy.

If you are interested in joining this long list of success stories, our next workshops begin on 22 September 2017 and there are a few spaces available, so please contact 

Nurse Associate

Our exciting new nurse associate role bridges the gap between health and care support workers and graduate registered nurses. Nurse associates learn about the local community and study on the job. The work placements, in mental health care, primary care and community care settings mean that nurse associates have the chance to train on the job and gain experience of nursing across east London.

We are one of only 11 sites in the country to pioneer this work with Health Education England to launch this new role, which will transform the nursing and care service. If you are currently working as a care worker and would like to progress but are unable to go to university, this is the ideal chance to move your career on.


MyCareer is for you if you are a Band 5 nurse who wants to explore new territory or seek a promotion.  Our careers advisers will give you constructive advice, guidance and support to help you grow your careers with the trust. We can signpost you to training, coaching and shadowing opportunities that have been specially developed to help our nurses overcome barriers they may face in progressing their career and personal development. In addition to this personalised support, MyCareer offers a streamlined transfer service for you to register your interest in job opportunities in different wards or hospitals across the trust. Instead of going through the lengthy recruitment process via NHS Jobs, you will be able to simply move within the trust using our own job board.

Physicians Associate

Physician Associates are a valuable new medical professional providing help with diagnosis, management and the treatment of patients. The role is well established in Canada and the United States and while new to the NHS, it’s a role that will grow so we are excited to be pioneering the training in our hospitals.

Queen Mary’s University London and Barts health have developed a new Physicians Associate programme, which started in January 2017 with 24 students. Physicians Associates are graduates who undertake post graduate training in both university and in our hospitals, as well as in primary care setting to perform tasks such as taking medical histories, performing examinations, diagnosing illnesses, analysing test results and developing management plans.