Newly qualified nurses – University College London Hospitals

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Are you a newly qualified nurse and looking to start your exciting career? UCLH is keen to support your transition to practice in our dynamic, progressive organisation. We work in conjunction with CapitalNurse and are pleased to promote our continued participation in ‘Get Nursing Right for London’. As a collaborative group we are entirely focused on your nursing career and want graduate nurses to transition into our organisation to be a smooth and enjoyable journey.
We advertise all of our nursing vacancies on our website.
No. 1 in London: In 2022 UCLH was rated by staff as the number one recommended place to work
Flexible working: At UCLH your health and well-being is important to us and to support your work-life balance we actively encourage flexible working. We have a robust request process which aims to fully support flexible working
Preceptorship – Designed to support newly qualified nurses and nursing associates, its aim is to help you develop confidence and competence. As a preceptee you will be fully supported by named preceptor, CPFs and clinical lead in this 12 month programme.
Careers service – UCLH offers a careers service. Our dedicated career service lead would provide a strength based careers conversations focusing on your experiences and what is important to you in your career and development. This will help you gain a deeper understanding into your personal strengths and help you to take your career to the next level.
Staff Discounts: We offer salary sacrifice schemes for child care vouchers, workplace nursey fees, cycle to work and lease cars as well as season ticket loans. There are arrangements for staff discounts in place with many local and national retailers or services. 
Further information can also be found on on our website.
All of our nursing vacancies on our Trust website. However, for graduates there is are dedicated rolling adverts you could apply through. These are usually based on a speciality so please do check our vacancies for more details.
We welcome all calls to discuss roles available at the time of application. To apply for our posts, you need to submit an online application via our trust website or NHS jobs. Please ensure you read the advert text fully as this may include the assessment date you will be required to attend, if shortlisted.
Our assessment centre comprises of three elements, and you will need to be successful at all three to be offered a post with UCLH. At present, this takes place over a two-day period.
Your interview panel will comprise of senior members of staff from your preferred area and a representative from Human Resources (HR). Lasting between 30 to 45 minutes, you will be asked competency-based questions which aim to allow you to demonstrate your skills and abilities. Once successful you will be invited to sit a drug calculation test, that usually takes place the following day.
Drug calculation test
This is a 30-minute exam where you will have a set number of questions to answer.
Clinical scenario – Virtual Reality
UCH is currently the only NHS Trust using simulated standardised assessment in London. This Virtual Reality (VR) employs cutting edge technology for our clinical scenarios. You will be assessed through a virtual reality toolkit on an unseen scenario, designed to test your nursing competencies. This normally lasts 45 minutes.
After these two assessments, should you be successful, you will be offered a post at UCLH.
The recruitment team will issue you a conditional offer letter that outlines all the pre-employment checks that need to be completed prior to you starting with the Trust. We aim to complete these checks within two weeks, and you will then be issued your unconditional offer from recruitment. With this, you can arrange a start date on your ward. For further details are available.
You’re never far away from renowned sightseeing hotspots, world-class cuisine, and fantastic nightlife in London. Explore one of the many parks, live music venues and independent retailers, and immerse yourself in the local culture of the 32 surrounding boroughs.
You’ll be offered flexible working, access to the excellent NHS pension scheme, maternity and paternity leave, and up to 41 days of annual leave and public holidays. You’ll also qualify for additional pay for working unsocial hours and for working in London.
If you choose to be a nurse in London, you’re choosing a career with huge potential. There are plenty of opportunities to progress in whichever way you’d like your career to go.
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