Stepping up to a bright future

At MFT, we know just how important our nurses are and we’re proud that we care for our staff as much as our patients, helping them to become the most talented nurses they can possibly be. We understand that they’re at the core of everything we do, which is why we take such pride in helping them transition from student nurses to being newly qualified and ready to take on the next stage of their careers. With the right support and care, they go on to achieve exceptional things on a daily basis. That’s why we’re committed to nurturing their skills with a lifelong learning plan, incorporating professional development with pastoral support and guidance every step of the way.


At MFT, our nurses make every day unique and valuable. Applying their impressive skills to the needs of their patients, they’re constantly learning and evolving their knowledge base. We believe that the early stage of a nurse’s career – as they move from being a student nurse to newly qualified – is a particularly crucial stage and it’s because of this that we run a hugely successful 12-month Preceptorship programme, in which you will receive valuable one-on-one guidance and intimate study sessions. We delight in your successes, so additional pastoral support from a team of experienced Practice Based Educators and Preceptorship Facilitators will also be available to you.

Building on a culture of pride and respect, we’ll ensure you have everything you need to fulfil your potential.

Professional Development

Every good nurse knows that their skills need to keep evolving in order to provide the best standards of care for their patients. We’re committed to helping you achieve that, so when you join us you’ll benefit from a bespoke induction programme, followed by an individualised professional development plan to ensure you’re always ahead of the game. That means the latest medical knowledge, breakthroughs and expertise will always be within reach, and we’ll actively encourage you to pursue various professional development opportunities.

Rotational Programmes 

Our Rotational Nursing Programmes could be the ideal next step in your career path.

It really is a unique opportunity to gain a breadth of skills and experience that will set you up for life in your nursing career. How? Because, even if you're unsure which area you want to specialise in, by rotating across three various wards or departments over 12-18 months, you’ll gain exposure to a range of wards across medical and surgical settings. You’ll also have your very own mentor and Clinical Practice Education Facilitator/Practice Based Educator. At the end of your rotation you’ll be offered a permanent contract in an area you enjoy working in and be part of a highly skilled and flexible workforce that’s able to easily adapt to the ever-changing healthcare environment. We only have a set number of places for this programme so get your application in early and speak with the team about the pathways available.

Hear first-hand from students we have recently recruited:

Elizabeth Green

Elizabeth Green

Elizabeth Green, Adult Nurse, 12 month Qualified, Critical Care Unit MRI

I completed my adult nurse training at the University of York. When I qualified I applied for different jobs which interested me, up and down the country. After a successful interview I was offered a job at MFT and informed of the support offered to newly qualified nurses.

Upon my arrival to the Trust, I attended Preceptorship Induction. I was assigned to a Preceptor on the Critical Care Unit who I touched base with regularly.

I found the Preceptorship Programme really valuable in helping with settling into the Trust and the job. The study days and the workshops which I attended throughout my first year as a qualified nurse were very interesting and gave me insight into my own practice. It was also reassuring to meet with other new nurses experiencing similar feelings and situations as myself.

Having a Preceptorship Programme a year long, has really helped boost my confidence. Now at the end of my first year as a qualified nurse I have had the opportunity to reflect on how far I have come and what I have learnt.

I would recommend MFT for any newly qualified nurse.

Emma Dobbin

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Emma Dobbin, 3rd year student Nurse, March 2013 cohort due to qualify March 2016, University of Salford

MFT is incredibly encouraging of their nursing students. As well as providing a diverse range of placement and training opportunities and a highly supportive network of professionals, students are inspired to succeed! As a student I felt like an integral part of the team, appreciated and valued for my contribution to the high standards expected of MFT and having developed a sense of pride and loyalty, I wanted to work and continue developing as a team member with them once I qualified.  Having registered an interest, I was actively encouraged to apply for my first nursing post and found the process to be seamless, from the online application to the on-site interview, the only hard work was selling myself!

Having experienced MFT’s excellence in both healthcare and teaching, I am proud to be joining the MFT family as a newly qualified nurse in the near future.

Sophie Payne

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Sophie Payne, Staff Nurse, Emergency Department

As a student at the University of Manchester I was placed within MFT for several of my placements.  The supportive structure for students and staff alike was one of the many reasons I chose to commence my nursing career within this Trust.

As a Newly Qualified Nurse starting out in a busy Emergency Department I felt supported from the offset not only by my colleagues but by the Preceptorship Programme and staff.  It enabled me to build my confidence in practice and facilitated the transition from student to independent practitioner.

I would fully recommend the Preceptorship Programme at MFT due to the unique support and encouragement which allows a smooth transition for newly qualified nurses.