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The NQ Academy

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(why work for us?)

- Extensive funded training opportunities – such as flexible nursing and return to practice nursing

- Access to NHS Pension scheme

- Relocation of up to £5k

- Flexible working

- Child care vouchers

- Lease car

- Cycle to work scheme

- Discounted gym memberships

- A minimum of 5 weeks holidays + bank holidays

- Free physio, occupational health support, Pilates and Yoga available at some sites

- Continuation of service and recognition of previous NHS services if transferring from another Trust.

Our innovative Newly Qualified Academy is the first of its kind in the UK.

As a newly qualified health professional  it provides you with the support you need to progress through the early stages of your professional life and establish a successful life-long career. 


Your first post after leaving university can be a daunting experience. We want to build a virtual community where success, ideas, skills, values and beliefs can be shared and where worries can be alleviated, so that our new graduates can grow into independent client-centred professionals.

Research shows that formalised programmes have a positive impact on clinical skills development and allow a successful transition from student to registered practitioner.

The academy is a virtual place that consists of the following elements;

•          Monthly teaching days consisting of a morning educational session followed by an afternoon action learning set

•          Monthly preceptorship support days

Following review and feedback from the first cohort, the programme has been redesigned  to provide a 'step on / step off' rolling programme.

This approach allows newly qualified health professionals to join at any time, providing enrolment is in the first year of their registration with the HCPC or the NMC. Delegates can step on at any month throughout the year and are asked to commit for a full 12 months on the teaching programme and for 6 months on the preceptorship support days (extensions can be negotiated if required).

"The Multi professional Academy will give staff the time to develop through reflection and shared multi professional learning, in a safe environment supported by senior colleagues and peers. The Academy is an exciting and challenging opportunity.  It will support people at the start of their qualified career pathway.  A time which is often scary and lonely. The professional support and colleague networks that will be gained on the way, will always be there to draw on through the early career and beyond"

Dawn Collins, Deputy Director of Nursing and Professional Practice.

"The Academy is there to support people both personally and professionally during the transition from newly qualified to a confident and capable practitioner. It gives time for reflection, learning and peer support in both an exciting but daunting phase of a career.

Michele Allott, Deputy Director of Nursing and Patient Safety