Developing You

The Learning and Organisational Development Department: NHS staff sitting and smiling at training event

  • supports the achievement of the Trust's corporate and strategic objectives
  • supports staff to give the best quality of care for our patients and service users

We believe that high quality education and training is essential to the future development of the NHS.

We design and deliver a comprehensive range of learning and development based around the six Cs of Care; meeting the needs of our services and our staff. This makes sure that our employees gain the right knowledge, skills and attitude to be competent in their roles, providing safe, high quality care for our patients, service users and carers.

Management and Leadership Development

member of staff sitting listening to a talkFor a number of years leadership and management training has been a signature strength of our Trust.

Learning and Organisational Development colleagues and the offer of the Learning and Organisational Development Department plays a central role in maintaining and growing leadership potential, facilitating leadership career pathways, supporting management training, personal development, facilitating action learning sets and organisational development for our staff and their teams. Below are the types of management training we offer at out Trust.

  • Our Mary Seacole Local Programme is a six-month leadership development programme to develop knowledge and skills in leadership and management, and providing the balance between learning leadership theory and putting it into practice. Designed for those looking to move into their first formal leadership role, or those new to first time leadership, it empowers people to turn their individual success into consistent team success and to champion compassionate patient care.
  • Our Clinical Leadership is demonstrated in the delivery of the National Care Certificate, the monthly Standing Nursing and Allied Health Professionals Advisory Council (SNAAC), the bi-annual Senior Nursing and AHP Integrated Network (SNAHPIN) and development work with the Nursing and AHP Consultant Group.
  • Our Management Essentials Modular Training aims to provide managers and supervisors at Bands 4 and above with contemporary and dynamic management skills, behaviours, knowledge and confidence in order to be most effective and efficient in their roles.
  • Our Vision 21 Middle Management Programme is aimed at band 7 and above managers and is intended to promote performance and enhance the talent of middle managers in order to future proof our services and the quality of care we provide.


member of NHS staff sitting and listening to a talkA preceptorship is a period of structured transition in which you will be given support from a named preceptor as you continue to build and develop your knowledge, skills and confidence as an autonomous Registered Nurse, Allied Health Professional or Nusing Associate. The aim is to ensure that you become effective, confident and fully autonomous, encouraging you in the pursuit of clinical excellence and to be able to deliver high quality care to patients and service users within our local health community.

Our Preceptorship Development Programme includes a series of Preceptorship Development days that are facilitated in the classroom and are an important part of the preceptees overall preceptorship.

The programme is for all Registered Nurses, Allied Health Professionals and Nursing Associates who are in a period of Preceptorship and is designed to complement and dovetail with bespoke local preceptorship programmes provided by clinical teams and services.

During the course of the programme preceptees will be talking and hearing about the following core topics:

  • Team Working
  • Communication
  • Resilience
  • Challenging conversations and how to manage them
  • Accountability
  • Delivering Safe Care
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Leadership
  • Quality Improvement
  • Safe Staffing and Raising Concerns
  • Career Development

For more information, download our Professional Guide to Preceptorship.

Trainee Nursing Associate (TNA)

The TNA programme is an apprenticeship and successful completion of this programme will allow individuals to apply for Band 4 Nursing Associate roles advertised nationally.

The essential entry criteria are:

  • GCSE Maths and English at C grade (or equivalent e.g. Functional Skills in numeracy & literacy or GCE Grade C and above, CSE Grade 1).
  • The candidate needs to have completed or be undertaking the Trust Bands 2-4 National Care Certificate.
  • Staff must currently be working in a clinical role and have been doing so for 6 months prior to applying (30hrs per week and over).

Evidence of these qualifications need to be seen prior to applying, and you need to have the management support from your General Manager, Service manager (Local Partnerships) or Modern Matron (Forensic).

Band 2-4 Training

This programme has five interlinked full day sessions relevant to improving and developing the impact of the band 2-4 role within clinical services. It emphasises the importance of making patients our number one priority and how to do this. We will be working through developing personal high standards of care, how to do this with honesty and integrity and how to use this to promote the health and wellbeing of patients, service users and their families and carers.

The Programme is about values, behaviours, attitudes, work ethics and emotional intelligence. We believe that spending time on these issues will in turn give people the confidence to fully understand what the technical skills they need or lack are.

If you are currently a non-registered clinician at band 2–4, this is a fantastic opportunity to gain some essential skills and training.

The Programme will have an online assessment aspect covered by e-learning modules. This will test the knowledge of the delegate rather than their academic skills. All delegates will be required to undertake and pass the modules which will be designed to be a strong indicator of that person’s fitness to practice clinically.

Return to Nursing

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Since 2014, there has been a national agenda to encourage nurses, who have not maintained their Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) registration, to consider returning to nursing. These staff will bring a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience to deliver patient care across both in-patient and primary care services.

To allow this group of professionals to return to nursing, the new NMC guidance for nurses, midwives and nursing associates identifies the successful completion of an approved return to practice programme, hosted by local academic providers, to allow them to meet the competences to be readmitted to the NMC register. This allows the completion of academic study, alongside working clinically with practice partners to demonstrate the professional standards assessed by nursing colleagues.

Financial support is available from Health Education England to allow staff to complete this opportunity.

Further information for anyone who has been a previous registrant can be found on the NMC website.

For more information on Returning to Nursing at out Trust, please email


Allied Health Professionals

Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) play a crucial role in supporting the future delivery of health, care and wellbeing services. AHPs who have left employment for caring responsibilities or who have taken a career break for other reasons and who wish to return to practice are a potential source of highly experienced, well-trained practitioners equipped with the right skills and motivated to return to their profession.

Returners who have not been professionally employed for more than two years need to re-register to be admitted to the Health and Care Professions (HCPC) Register before they can be contracted to work as a professional practitioner. The Register is a publicly available list of all health and care specialists who meet the HCPC standards of training, professional skills, behaviour and health.

For AHPs there is no standard pathway for Return to Practice (RtP) in contrast with other health professionals where there are established programmes to encourage people to return to practice.

If you have had a career break, depending on the length of absence you may need to undertake a period of updating of your skills and knowledge before you can return to work within healthcare and social care.

The HCPC process for RtP is a self-managed, self-directed process. The individual returnee designs their RtP plan and self declares their competency. Updating of skills and knowledge is developed through clinical placement, private study and formal study. From national work and that highlighted by the East Midland project, returnees state that the hardest part about RtP is getting started, finding placement / future employment and the cost. For further advice, information and support, click on this link.

We do intermittently create fixed term contracts that look at a specific paid support worker role that will incorporate scheduled RtP time and support to achieve a period of supervised updating  - but this is dependent on teams with establishments that are committed to trialling this approach. Or, alternatively, depending on which profession, which area of work and your length of time out of practice, our contact will direct you to senior staff with some experience of promoting RtP that will help develop routes to facilitate the opportunity for supervised clinical practice and hours in order to fulfil the return to work requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council.

Should you wish to discuss any options for RtP at our Trust, please email who can direct you to the relevant senior leads to organise a conversation.

Work Experience and Volunteering

Work Experience

The Trust is able to offer work experience placements within many areas. We have a directory of possible placements and time allocations to support such requests across the county, however, there are age stipulations of 18 years and over for some services.

For more information, please contact:
Louise Storry, Work Experience Co-ordinator
Tel: 01623 848871
or visit the Notts Work Experience Hub.



We have plenty of different volunteering opportunities within our services. Together, our current volunteers give more than 300 hours of their time every week supporting staff, patients and their families.

To find our more on how you can get involved, visit our Volunteering page.




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