What it’s like to work at NTW

Life as a NTW nurse

Nursing staff are by far the largest part of our workforce and are key to service transformation; working across a diverse range of services we employ mental health; learning disability and adult nurses.

In 2014 we launched our five year Nursing Strategy ‘Delivering Compassion in Practice’. The aim of the strategy is to strengthen and maximise our nurses’ influence on policy development, build capacity and capability and the flexibility to take on new roles and freedoms, lead service change and enable the development and dissemination of best practice not only on a local level, but also nationally and internationally.

The strategy is underpinned by comprehensive nursing career and development pathways which are designed to support our nursing workforce to fulfil their potential and develop their career. Key to maintaining professional standards and excellent nursing practice is effective nursing leadership. Nurse Leaders are employed in a range of senior clinical and management posts.

In practice this means:

  • increasing the recruitment of newly qualified nurses and providing an accredited preceptorship programme
  • increasing opportunities for the development of Intermediate and Advanced Level Practitioners and Specialist Nurses
  • expanding the number of Nurse Consultants, Nurse Prescribers, Responsible and Approved Clinicians
  • providing opportunities to work across traditional boundaries and fields of practice; developing new knowledge, skills and competencies
  • building and strengthening leadership through access to a comprehensive leadership programme
  • creating new roles for our non-registered nursing workforce including entry level Health Care Assistant posts for applicants new to the NHS and Assistant Practitioner posts
  • widening participation through career progression pathways for the non-registered nursing workforce creating a firm foundation of knowledge and skills by providing access to service specific vocational qualifications; Foundation Degrees and access to flexibly delivered pre-registration education BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing in partnership with the Open University


You will have access to:

  • comprehensive induction programme and for newly qualified nurses an accredited preceptorship programme
  • annual competency based appraisal linked to revalidation
  • CPD pathways via our local universities
  • clinical and peer supervision
  • collaborative learning with other professionals
  • ‘Annual Nursing Conference: Celebrating Nursing’


What’s it like as a medic at NTW?

At NTW we have approximately 230 consultants and speciality doctors working in a wide variety of services for mental illness, learning disability, neuro-rehabilitation and forensic services, as well as specialist services for adults with refractory affective disorders, eating disorders, young people with affective disorders, psychotherapy services, neuropsychiatry, a mother and baby inpatient service and drug and alcohol services for both adults and young people.

The Medical Education Department has a strong culture of support, development and learning for all medical staff from work experience students to consultants preparing for retirement. All new consultants and speciality doctors receive a structured induction to the Trust and are provided with a mentor.

Appraisal is firmly established with an electronic database and all consultants and speciality doctors have access to Continuing Professional Development (CPD), multisource feedback and information about their clinical activity to feed into the process. CPD events are run regularly in response to demand and give the opportunity for consultants to use their teaching skills as well as learn from others. Opportunities for developing expertise in research, teaching and leadership (including individual coaching) are abundant. We encourage collaborative learning with other professionals from both within and outside of the Trust.