Manchester Foundation Trust is a leading integrated health, teaching, research and innovation campus in the thriving city of Manchester.

We offer a unique range of services to the North West, treating and managing the simplest to the most complex conditions and diseases. For our nurses and midwives, it means the chance to gain diverse experience in pioneering teams.

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Adult Nursing – Surgery Division

There has never been a better time to be an adult nurse, and the opportunities for you at MFT are amazing.  We offer a unique range of services to the North West, treating and managing the simplest to the most complex conditions and diseases. For our nurses, it means the chance to gain diverse experience in pioneering teams.

We provide care for patients undergoing a huge range of surgical procedures either in a day case or in-patient setting. As a member of our nursing team, you will play your part in providing compassionate patient-centred care in a number of surgical settings.

We’re committed to providing the best patient and family experience, so we’re proud to nurture and support our nurses. Our adult services are configured into divisions, with opportunities for you to either start your career in nursing with us or move into this area.

We show our care for our staff through excellent development and progression opportunities. These start with a comprehensive induction programme, but don’t end there. We offer a respected preceptorship programme for newly qualified nurses. Experienced nurses are encouraged to move across directorates to expand their skills. To enhance your skills in your speciality, we offer a range of internal and external courses.

Surgical nursing is an exciting and motivating speciality. So if you want a new start, there couldn’t be a better time to join us.

Our specialist wards include:

Ward 8 – Hepato-Biliary is the North West’s tertiary centre for pancreatic liver and gall bladder cancer. It caters for a population of 3.2 million and is a specialised centre for all complex Hepato-Biliary surgeries. This is a busy and challenging area where you will look after acutely unwell patients, both before and after major abdominal surgeries. With a 6-8 weeks supernumerary period and an understanding approach to flexible shifts, you can adjust securely and progress steadily.

W11/12 – Upper GI/Colo-Rectal, Gastro-Oesophageal and General Surgery is a 55 bedded unit. In this warm and friendly environment, patients are kept safe and comfortable. Committed to mutual respect and communication between patients, staff and the wider team, staff aim to maintain high standards of cleanliness and hygiene, whilst striving for excellence and wellbeing. Through health promotion, patients are encouraged to be independent, to enhance their recovery.

Manchester Vascular Centre is a 26 bedded professorial acute vascular surgical ward. There is an emphasis on multi-disciplinary working with dedicated vascular nursing and therapy teams. The unit is a specialist centre for Endo-Vascular procedures. With consultants pursuing diverse specialties, you can make the most of opportunities to develop your nursing skills in aspects of vascular nursing such as tissue viability, limb assessment, and care of patients undergoing Thrombolysis. 

The Head and Neck Surgical Unit is a 20 bedded unit focusing on the specialities of Maxillofacial and ENT surgery - from minor procedures such as tonsillectomies, to major oncology and reconstructive surgery. The ward provides expert clinical care for patients with altered airway needs. There is a strong emphasis on multidisciplinary working alongside Clinical Specialist Nurses, Therapists and the dedicated ward based nursing and medical team.

Ward 9/10 – Renal Transplantation is the largest Transplant Centre in the UK, where you can work alongside surgeons and a multidisciplinary team at the very cutting edge of advancements in clinical practice. The ward delivers some of the very best clinical outcomes for patients and you will be part of a team that transforms lives on a daily basis. The team has completed over 6,000 transplants and broke the national record for the number delivered in one single month.

Performing cutting edge surgery using laparoscopic techniques, which allow a non-visible scar and quicker recovery, the ward team specialises in renal transplantation and renal access surgery. It is also one of two leading pancreas centres in the UK, the first centre in the UK to carry out Encapsulating Peritonectomy Scleroses (EPS) surgery, and one of only three centres in the world to provide this highly specialist surgery.

Elective Treatment Centre (ETC) – ETC Urology Unit is a 27 bedded unit which cares for Urology patients who have undergone complex/non -complex elective/emergency surgery and patients with non-surgical Urology conditions. The team aims to deliver safe, effective nursing care to patients by treating them as individuals. Each team member can contribute to the development of excellent patient care.

The Elective Treatment Centre (ETC) Day Case Unit/Surgical Admissions Lounge comprise 39 trolley/chair spaces to accommodate all day case and in-patient elective admissions for the Division of Surgery. As part of a team which embraces best practices, continuous improvement and innovation, you will help to provide the highest quality care for patients and their families.

The Emergency Surgical Trauma Unit is located within Manchester Royal Infirmary. We pride ourself on providing truly high quality, patient-focused care. Made up of both male and female beds and a dedicated receiving unit for emergency admissions and assessment for specialties, it really is the perfect environment in which to develop your skills and knowledge.

Join us as a nurse, and you’ll be exposed to a wide range of procedures, including General surgery, HPB, Colorectal, Upper G.I, ENT, Maxillo facial, Urology, Renal transplant and Vascular surgery. You’ll also have the satisfaction of knowing you’re working in a well led unit that’s renowned for providing a first class admission service for many surgical specialties, as well as reviewing and assessing patients and delivering specialist in-patient facilities for orthopedic surgery.

Along the way, you’ll be supported by in-house educational practitioners and strong nurse leaders, each of whom will give you all the support and guidance you need. You can also expect some truly excellent development and progression opportunities and a comprehensive induction programme. Best of all, you’ll be part of a fantastic dedicated team that supports each other and operates with consideration and professionalism at all times and where full and part time opportunities exist, with a range of suitable shifts to suit everyone’s needs.


Adult Nursing – Specialist Medicine

There has never been a better time to be an adult nurse, and the opportunities for you at MFT are amazing. Caring for over one million patients every year, we’re committed to providing the best patient and family experience, centred around the work of our dynamic team. Based in the heart of Manchester, our state-of-the-art campus is home to integrated health, teaching and research – all embedded in a culture of team work and innovation. And now you can join us.

The opportunities for development and progression within Specialist Medicine are exceptional. If you are just starting out in your career or considering a return to practice, this is the perfect department to take your next step. It all begins with a full induction, in which our educational practitioners will take you through a six-week introduction to each specialty. You’ll also enjoy study days, excellent in-house and external training, and clear routes for career progression. What’s more, with the potential for shift and flexible working in some areas, you can strike the right balance between life and career.

Caring for those with high dependency needs is incredibly rewarding. With us, you will discover unrivalled potential to become highly specialised and excel as a nurse. We offer Band 5 nurses the opportunity to rotate across diverse areas, with three six-month placements over the course of 18 months. We will discuss your pathway with you, matching your passions with our patients’ needs. Depending on your experience, you can enjoy the support of a preceptor or mentor.

Our core areas are:

Regional Centre for Haematology and Stem Cell Transplant which is expanding from 18 to 34 beds, with a newly designed state-of-the-art centre delivering advanced care to patients. Boasting a host of accolades such as JACIE and gold accreditation, plus Clinical Team of the Year runner up and Proud of You Awards 2016, we go that extra mile for our patients, providing access to social work, a psychotherapist, and even a qualified beautician. Much of our ward is dedicated to treating patients with blood cancers and those who need intensive chemotherapy, and we are recognised as specialists in stem cell transplantation, haemophilia, sickle cell and thalassemia diseases. 

Opportunities for development are incredibly varied and include in-house and external courses in chemotherapy, acute illness management and haematology, plus education sessions led by our experienced Haematology Specialist Nurses and Clinical Educators. You’ll also have access to our Ward Mentor who will ensure you’re achieving your career aspirations.

Manchester Heart Centre which is an exceptional tertiary centre for cardiology & cardiac surgery services.

As the region’s Heart Attack Centre, we’ve held the Trust’s Gold Accreditation Status for the last four years – an achievement that we’re immensely proud of. We’re also delighted to have been awarded The Nursing Times’ ‘Student Placement of the Year’ – beating off stiff competition from over 650 other clinical areas, proving that this dynamic team is committed to providing first-class care both now and in the future.

Incorporating 19 beds in the Acute Cardiac Centre, plus 28 beds in our Cardiology Ward (where you can receive training in telemetry and ECG rhythm recognition), our cardiology services span a wide range of elective and emergency specialist services. Furthermore, our dynamic Cardiac Catheter Laboratory and Recovery Centre is crucial in diagnosing and treating heart problems, and monitoring pre and post-operative patients undergoing treatment. The combined efforts of these pioneering teams means that we are equipped to deal with every eventuality - from angiography and angioplasty, to device implantation and heart failure management.

We also have a 12-bed Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) that admits level 3 and level 2 Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery and Adult Congenital Heart Disease and Trauma patients, and a 4 bedded High Dependency Unit. Offering elective major aortic surgery, this unit is a dynamic place in which to learn and develop. It also includes Ward 3, which is a specialist cardiac surgery ward accommodating 21 patients for procedures including elective and emergency cardiac surgery, Transaortic Valve Implantation & Cardiothoracic trauma. As experts in Adult Congenital Heart Disease, we do more than simply support patients through complex cardiac surgery - we also take care of renal support, ENT, general surgery and post natal care.

All of these services are supported by a busy outpatient department and specialist nurses, while Educational Practitioners ae available to help you maintain the most up-to-date knowledge. Whatever your professional goal may be, we can help you achieve it.

Manchester Centre for Gastroenterology and Hepatology is a vibrant place to work, and one with an exciting future - for our fun and friendly team, and for every individual in it. We take pride in nursing patients to the highest standards, across two 28-bed wards. Within this team, we provide the highest levels of care across a range of acute and complex conditions such as complex alcohol-related and non-alcohol related liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatology, liver cancer and cirrhosis.

We also excel in nutritional problems such as eating disorders and gastroparesis, benefitting from the extensive knowledge of our Specialist Liaison Nurse for Mental Health and Addictions. As such, we care for patients with complex bio-psycho-social problems and those requiring enteral and parenteral feeding, meaning that our compassionate nurses develop a range of skills that are unique and absolutely crucial to the wellbeing of our patients. 

Committed to your development, we provide extensive education and training to enhance your knowledge and skills, including bespoke gastroenterology study days, plus the opportunity to pursue an accredited IBD and hepatology course at the University of Salford.

We also offer excellent opportunities for career progression, right from your first day on the team, when you will receive a four-week supernumerary period, plus a full local induction programme and extensive support from our Clinical Educator. Newly qualified nurses also benefit from a 12-month preceptorship programme. Mentorship is a priority for us, so we aim to enrol you on an accredited Preparation for Mentorship Programme within 12 months of commencing in post or sooner, depending on your experience.

Renal Medicine which is an exciting and diverse place to be. Our two wards provide inpatient acute care and are an excellent base for developing nephrology nursing skills. Manchester Royal Infirmary is a tertiary centre for patients with acute kidney injury, and our central renal haemodialysis unit is complemented by satellite haemodialysis centres in Tameside, North Manchester and at Altrincham. Altrincham is also home to our world-renowned home haemodialysis training unit. Our broad offer to patients is further enhanced by the vast array of renal outpatient support offered by our Peritoneal Dialysis team.

We actively promote staff rotation, so you will enjoy the opportunity to gain a broad range of experience that reflects our patients’ journeys. Along the way, you will enjoy the support of our skilled and experienced education team, and access to renal specialist nurse learning modules. Put simply, we will make sure you develop the skills to deliver care you can be proud of.

Endoscopy Unit which is one of the largest units in the North West, making it an incredible place to base your career.

The enhanced skills of our teams will then be put to use across two sites, where patients can expect a range of procedures including Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Double Balloon Enteroscopy, Gastroscopy, PEG Insertion, Bronchoscopy & EBUS, ERCP & Spyglass/HALO Radiofrequency Ablation, Colonoscopy, Bowel Cancer Screening and Endoscopic Ultrasound & Ultrasound Guided Therapy. Bowel Cancer Screening and Bowel Scope Service are both also available on-site, exposing our teams to a broad range of areas that they wouldn’t necessarily find elsewhere.

In this dynamic unit, we’ll be utilising the most up-to-date and diverse procedures in our field, which is why we’ll provide you with bespoke training courses, supported by an Endoscopy Educator. 

Whichever team you choose to join, you can expect a supportive and fulfilling environment, where your career will flourish and your contribution will be truly valued.


Adult Nursing – Acute and Rehabilitation

There has never been a better time to be an adult nurse, and the opportunities for you at MFT are amazing. We’re committed to providing the best patient and family experience, so we’re proud to nurture and support our nurses. Our adult services are configured into divisions, with opportunities for you to either start your career in nursing with us or move into this area.

The Division of Medicine and Community Services offers exciting opportunities across a wide range of services both in the acute areas of the Trust and across community services. The Division is divided into four Directorates: Emergency Services, Acute & Rehabilitation Medicine, Adult Community Services and Children’s Community Services. We have opportunities across all services especially for Staff Nurses at Band 5. The acute areas of the Trust, including Accident and Emergency, offer nurses the chance to develop acute care skills in a variety of settings including respiratory medicine, endocrinology, care of the elderly and rehabilitation.

The Division is supported by senior nursing providing a focus on supporting the patient groups within the Division across all Community and Acute Care Services.

There are teams of specialist nurses and individual specialist nurses who support patient care across the Division to assist in providing care in the appropriate setting be it in patients’ own homes or acute hospital settings.

Adult Nursing - Wythenshawe

There are opportunities for nurses at Wythenshawe Hospital in a wide range of specialist areas. Across the hospital, there are various training programs in place which support staff development and safe working. You’ll be encouraged to undertake further development throughout your career.

Scheduled Care

Scheduled Care includes Cardiothoracic, Surgery and Specialist Surgery, providing services that range from day case facilities to complex interventions such as ECMO.

  • The Cardiothoracic Directorate has cardiothoracic and transplant surgery and consists of cardiac theatres, a cardiothoracic critical care unit and speciality wards.

Cardiology sits within the directorate consisting of a catheter lab, coronary care unit and 2 cardiology wards. Cross working across areas is encouraged and patient flow works extremely well due to great team work.

  • Specialist Surgeryincludes Burns and Plastics, ENT & Maxillo- facial and orthopaedics, each staffed by highly skilled nurses serving patients from far and wide in dynamic and responsive ways. Our Burns Centre is a 12 bedded unit with 2 Intensive Care and 2 HDU beds, with its own integral operating theatre, providing specialist adult burn care for Greater Manchester and beyond.
  • Surgery includes Vascular services, the Admissions lounge for patients who are being admitted for elective or trauma surgery, as well as Urology and General Surgery including a day case unit, surgical assessment unit and surgical ambulatory care receiving unit.

Unscheduled Care

Our Unscheduled Care division offers a range of innovative patient services across Wythenshawe Hospital, Withington Community Hospital, Community inpatient facilities and community services. The division offers a variety of exciting opportunities to the nurse who wants to provide the highest standards of care and be valued as an individual.

  • The Elderly Medicine Department is one the largest in the North West, and offers some of the most rewarding and exciting development opportunities to nurses with a passion to care for the older person. Specialist nurses provide extensive service working alongside consultants, advanced practitioners, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and many others.
  • The Respiratory Medicine directorate is a regional centre of excellence providing specialist care to patients from all around the North West. The department consist of: Bronchoscopy department, Chest clinic, Cystic fibrosis unit, Pulmonary oncology (including Cecelia treatment centre), Female, Male and acute chest wards, the North West ventilation unit, and the planned investigation and treatment unit. You can choose an 18 month rotation through the various clinical areas.
  • Medical Specialities is a diverse directorate which offers you the opportunity to develop in a number of forward thinking patient services. The directorate comprises of Gastroenterology, Endoscopy, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Sexual Medicine, Dermatology and Rheumatology.

Our Endoscopy department delivers procedures including Flexible Sigmoidoscopy Enteroscopy, Gastroscopy, Bravo capsule, PEG Insertion, ERCP & Spyglass, Colonoscopy, and Endoscopic Ultrasound & Ultrasound Guided Therapy. It runs a nurse led GI bleed in-reach service.

  • In Urgent Care, the Acute Medical Unit and Ambulatory Careare the interface between the Emergency Department and the Inpatient Ward areas. Working within these units is both exciting and challenging. Both units offer exposure to a diverse group of acutely unwell medical patients, with Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Gastroenterology and Chronic health conditions.

It is an exciting time to join the Emergency Department. There is an extensive project underway to redesign a new, much larger A&E with extensive remodelling, for launch towards the end of 2018. In A&E you’ll work alongside a range of highly experienced and skilled staff experienced in caring for adults, children and people with mental health problems.


Adult Nursing - Trafford

Working as part of our nursing team at Trafford General Hospital allows you to work with like minded people who are focused on delivering a high standard of safe and compassionate care to our patients.

Trafford General Hospital is a friendly environment committed to delivering high performing, friendly services with compassionate and skilled staff who are proud to give the best care in a safe and welcoming environment. As part of MFT we aim to deliver first-class acute medicine and rehabilitation services.

We are looking for dedicated individuals to join our team who share our sense of excitement and commitment to delivering exemplary patient care. We are looking for kind, caring, compassionate nurses who will thrive in this environment.

There are opportunities across a number of our wards, in a variety of disciplines from orthopaedic and day case surgery, medicine, acute medical unit, neuro-rehabilitation, complex discharge to urgent care.

As a valued employee of MFT, you will be provided with a comprehensive induction and participate in discussing your development needs through annual appraisal and agreeing a personal development plan. If you’re keen to gain wider nursing experience, we also have a one-year rotational programme within the hospital for newly qualified staff that can be tailored to your needs. Newly qualified staff will also be supported through the Trust’s preceptorship programme.

The hospital is close to the motorway network with car parking available on site and also benefits from good train links to Manchester. The hospital is conveniently situated within walking distance of Urmston town Centre and the Trafford Centre.

We also have a minibus service to the Central Manchester site which runs regularly throughout the day to enable our staff to attend study days.

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Critical Care Nursing

Central Manchester

Our state-of-the-art adult critical care services within the Trust comprise of our cardiac intensive care units, our burns intensive care unit and our adult critical care services. Our units are modern, bright and spacious – the perfect environment for critically ill patients requiring multi-organ support in the twenty first century to receive compassionate individualised care from our nursing staff.

Our Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at the Manchester Royal Infirmary is a 12 to 16 bedded unit caring for level 3 and level 2 patients. Join this team, and you will play your part in providing care at the cutting edge of cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology. The unit is a tertiary centre for Adult Congenital heart patients and tertiary referral centre for cardiology. You will provide compassionate care to patients who have had both planned and emergency open heart surgery, as well as patients who have undergone trans aortic valve implantations.

In our Adult Critical Care Service you will work between the 18 to 20 bed General Intensive Care Unit, 18 to 20 bed High Dependency Unit (on the Central site) and our 3 to 5 bed Critical Care Unit (on the Trafford site). This means you will gain valuable experience in the care of a wide range of patients including haematology, vascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, renal medicine/transplant and head and neck surgery, giving you a chance to expand your skills and knowledge.

South Manchester

Our Cardiothoracic Critical Care Unit (CTCCU) at Wythenshawe Hospital is a 31 bedded unit caring for level 3 and level 2 patients. The unit offers a variety of highly specialist care post cardiac and thoracic surgery, and supports interventional cardiology. It is one of only 5 national heart and lung transplant units in the UK, with a patient catchment area of over 6 million. Registered with the Extra Corporeal Life Support Organisation (ELSO), the unit collaborates with centres across the UK as part of a national clinical network. Here, you will benefit from state-of-the-art equipment and innovative approaches to treatment. As you develop, you can influence care in a progressive environment.

Our Acute Intensive Care Unit at Wythenshawe hospital is a 17 bedded adult critical care unit providing both level 2 (HDU) and level 3 (ICU) care. The team provide emergency care for acute ill medical and surgical patients, and support the surgical elective programme. Specialisms range from burns care, to weaning patients from prolonged mechanical ventilation, and the unit is home to the UK national tracheostomy lead clinician with NHS England.

We know that for someone new to critical care nursing, it can all seem a little overwhelming, so we have dedicated educational staff and a comprehensive induction programme, plus we’ll support you to complete the Critical Care Skills Course. To start this journey with us, you will have had your elective placement within a critical care setting as a student or bring some acute ward experience.

If you are an experienced critical care nurse, then the opportunities for you are amazing. We will support your individual interests so you can play your part in providing respectful, compassionate care to our patients and enabling our junior staff to become the expert critical care nurses of the future.

Children’s Nursing

Being a staff nurse at MFT is a fantastic opportunity to join a committed team who are focused on providing children and their families with individualised, compassionate care. There are opportunities in a number of areas including Critical Care (PICU & PHDU), Medicine, Surgery and Bone Marrow Transplant.

As one of the largest children’s hospitals in Europe, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital has an international reputation for excellence in healthcare and teaching. It offers a large range of nursing specialities: sixteen different areas under one roof, so the potential for experience in children’s nursing couldn’t be greater.

At Wythenshawe Hospital we offer opportunities for nurses to experience four different areas in one place. Our 24 bedded paediatric ward includes a HDU bed, a Paediatric and Observation Assessment Unit (POAU) that is 24/7, day surgery area and out-patients. Our teams also work closely with our Paediatric ED and Neonatal Unit and nurses can rotate in these areas, helping the team to come together as one.

The Neonatal Unit (NNU) is a Level Two Local NNU with 20 cots available comprising of 2 ICU, 3 HDU and 15 Special Care Cots, within the Greater Manchester Operational Delivery Network (ODN). The unit provides short term intensive care for 48 hours. It is a Diamond accredited unit and maintained BFI status when reviewed this year with Maternity services.

All new nursing staff are provided with a two-week bespoke induction programme and a four-weeks minimum supernumerary period, longer in Critical Care. We’ll also support you to develop your children’s nursing career through a portfolio of courses run either on site or in partnership with local universities. If you have managerial and leadership ambitions, this is an excellent place to be.

It’s a great place to work for nurses who share our key values and want to make a difference to children’s lives.

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Community Services

There has never been a better time to be a nurse within community services, and the opportunities for you at MFT are amazing. We’re committed to providing the best patient and family experience both in our hospitals and in the community, so we’re proud to nurture and support our nurses to provide the very best care.

The focus of all of our Divisions and the Trust is to transfer people from acute care as soon as possible to a community setting. Our community services include Intermediate Care, District Nursing Services, Community Palliative Care, Heart Failure Community Service, Nursing Home Service, AAA Screening Programme, IV Community Therapy Team and Active Case Management. We also have children’s community services include health visiting, Vulnerable Baby Services, Community Paediatrics and special needs school nursing.

We have a dedicated fund to support our community nurses to complete external training for ICNS with Manchester Metropolitan University. For our newly qualified nurses we have a 3 monthly study session provided by the University, to support with the theory of community nursing.

If you are an experienced and dedicated registered nurse, passionate about providing excellent care to patients and their families in the community, we have exciting opportunities in all areas of community services. You will be committed to developing partnerships with patients and their families, sharing our key values to make a difference in the diverse communities of Manchester and Trafford.

Nurses with skills gained in the acute sector are encouraged to apply as these skills can be used effectively within community services, as patients in these areas require complex care from skilled and experienced nurses.

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Being a midwife at MFT allows you to deliver high standards of care in a variety of settings.

At Saint Mary’s Hospital our state-of-the-art tertiary referral unit provides specialist services for the diverse women of Greater Manchester. We have a 19-bedded high-risk delivery unit with four high-dependency beds, supported by a high dependency nurse per shift. The hospital also hosts a co-located, midwifery-led unit. Two postnatal and one antenatal ward support in-patient services.

At Wythenshawe Hospital we have a 15 bedded delivery unit with 3 enhanced Maternal care beds, a 2 bed step down care room and a Birth pool room. There are also 2 maternity Theatres and a 4 bed recovery area, and a simulation suite for training purposes is under development within the Delivery suite. The midwifery-led unit alongside has 5 pool rooms and a 2 bed postnatal room. The 29 bedded postnatal ward includes a 6 bed Transitional care unit and an antenatal ward.

The community team covers central and south Manchester and parts of both Trafford and Salford. Antenatal services are provided at Withington, Salford and Trafford as well as Saint Mary’s supporting choice for women and providing care closer to home. A home birth service and a support group is provided by the Community Midwives. Saint Mary’s and Wythenshawe Hospital have achieved CNST Level 3 and are Baby Friendly accredited.

We are looking for experienced and dedicated registered midwives to join us at Band 6, with opportunities for newly qualified midwives at Band 5 alongside a preceptorship period.

Committed to providing high standards of care, you will be flexible and resourceful with solid communication and record keeping skills.

But no matter what level you join us at, we are committed to developing your skills and we will support you throughout your midwifery career.

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Theatre Nursing

Central Manchester sites

Joining us as a Theatre Nurse (RN) or Operating Department Practitioner (ODP) in Adults or Children’s, you'll work as part of multi-disciplinary teams, focused on the safe and excellent care of patients undergoing surgical procedures across our 45 theatres.

We're looking for both experienced staff and staff new to theatres to work across Anaesthetics, Scrub and Recovery. There are opportunities in Head and Neck, Colorectal, HPB, General Surgery, Renal, Trauma Orthopaedics, elective Orthopaedics, Urology, Vascular, Cardiac, Transplant, National Organ Retrieval Service (NORS) and 24/7 Emergency surgery.

Working within one or more of these specialities, you will be able to channel your career within anaesthetics, theatre scrub, or recovery. Our comprehensive competency-based development programme will support you every step of the way. Supervised by a dedicated theatre nurse/practitioner, and dedicated educational team you'll be challenged to increase your knowledge and skills month by month.

Wythenshawe Hospital

At Wythenshawe Hospital, we have 4 Cardiothoracic Theatres specialising in cardiac and thoracic surgery. We are one of only 5 national heart and lung transplant units in the UK, and one of 3 Trusts delivering the Organ Care System (OCS) programme. We are also one of just 5 centres within the UK to offer the specialist intervention, Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) surgery. Joining the multi- disciplinary team, you’ll enjoy the opportunity to develop specialist roles within anaesthetics, theatre scrub, surgical assistant and recovery. You will also have the benefit of flexible shift patterns across the 24 hour service.

There are many more theatres at Wythenshawe, including General and ENT theatres covering all three areas of perioperative care, anaesthetics, surgical scrub and recovery; the Treatment and Diagnostic Centre theatres which house the regional Centre of Excellence for hand surgery, breast and tendon reconstruction; and 7 Acute Theatres, undertaking both elective and non-elective work with a specialism in Trauma & Elective Orthopaedics, Emergencies, colorectal and upper GI Surgery and Vascular open and interventional cases.

There are many opportunities at MFT to access further education at local Universities and via our internal education department to expand and enhance your abilities. A love of teaching is essential as we accommodate trainee ODP's, Student Nurses and Trainee Paramedics. There are opportunities to develop managerial experience too.

Being a theatre nurse/practitioner is a great opportunity to act as the patient’s advocate, providing truly individualised, safe, harm-free care. It's a chance to provide care you can be proud of.

This truly is an exciting time for Greater Manchester and here at MFT we’re excited about the changes and future challenges that we will experience from the Healthier Together and the Single Hospital. Harmonisation of healthcare services across the city will continue to create unparalleled opportunities for all our people. 

Band 5 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 your choice of three wards or departments over 12-18 months, you’ll gain exposure to a range of community, medical and surgical settings. You’ll also have your very own mentor and Clinical Practice Education Facilitator/Practice Based Educator. And, at the end of those 12-18 months 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.