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Preceptorship Programme
This trustwide programme has been designed to support the transition from being a student to now a qualified practitioner.
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Career development

UH Bristol is a forward thinking organisation, strongly committed to providing exciting career development opportunities for nurses, midwives and other professions.

Clinical nurse specialists

Clinical Nurse Specialists work across all divisions and within the majority speicalities in the Trust.  They support patients, their family and staff.  Roles vary, but include outpaitient and inpatient care, educational support and service development.

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Lead nurse roles

The Lead Nurse is a Trust-wide strategic leadership role in ensuring and developing a high quality nursing service for that speciality, but working across Divisional boundaries. Leading on patient experience and the quality of a specific service,  ensuring the cross-divisional nature of patient pathways is not detrimental to care. Relationships with Heads of Nursing and Clinical Nurse Specialists are particularly important in delivering this role.

leadership roles


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Matrons are key senior nurses in the organisation, working within clinical divisions.

Their key role is monitoring and assuring the quality of patient care (safety, effectiveness, and experience) by being highly visible, accessible and demonstrating strong clinical leadership and of being a role model.

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Nurse consultants

We currently support five non-medical consultants across a range of specialisms within the Trust and continue to work closely with our local Higher Education Institutions (University of the West of England and Bristol University) on plans for further posts.

Consultant Nurse roles were originally developed in 1999 to provide a clinical expert career pathway similar to that of medical consultants, and other professions quickly followed. Each role is built around four key domains of:

  • Expert practice,
  • Professional leadership and consultancy,
  • Education, training and development, 
  • Practice and service development, research and evaluation. 

nurse consultants updated oct 17