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Nursing is, very simply, a vital profession, essential to everyone’s health, and our society. There’s nowhere better to be a nurse than Greater Manchester, where the choice of roles and career paths is as diverse as the area itself.


With so many people to care for – and the range of trusts, hospitals, primary and community services within our network – we can offer an impressive range of roles. You can work in hospital wards, outpatient units or specialist departments, or get out into the community, working in homes, GP practices or nursing homes. You could focus on adults, children, mental health or people with learning disabilities. There are also many opportunities in education, research, informatics and workplaces, the ambulance service, prison service and police – and we also have links with the voluntary and private sectors.

When you’re ready to move, we make it simple to change roles. So you can grow your skills in a particular area, or move sideways to take on a new role. You can also apply your skills with a different provider.

See the videos and case studies to find out more.


Use the links below to explore more about different Nursing roles on the Health Careers website run by Health Education England.

Nursing opportunities


Community Nursing

Now is the time to start a career in community nursing in Greater Manchester, with more initiatives to care for patients in their own home, and more services moving from hospitals to community.

Community nursing can be broadly described as any nursing care provided outside of an acute hospital. It includes healthcare provided in the home and other community settings, for example health centres, community hospitals, police stations and schools.

Working in the community is a different challenge to working in a ward environment, involving a great deal of autonomy, and it can be incredibly rewarding. Whichever role you choose, you’ll never run out of options.

General Practice

General Practice Nursing

The move to providing more care out of hospital and in the community makes General Practice Nursing in the region a rewarding career in Greater Manchester.

A Practice Nurse is often the first person a patient sees when they visit their local GP practice, General Practice nurses see people from birth to old age undertaking holistic care and management for the practice population. They are key in enabling patients with the management of long term conditions such as diabetes, respiratory and heart disease. From public health to palliative care, general practice nursing offers a unique opportunity to build deep and lasting relationships with patients, carers families and communities throughout the life course.


Hospital Nursing

Many of our twelve Greater Manchester NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts are integrated providers of hospital, community, primary and social care services, offering options for all levels of experience. They include district hospitals and large teaching hospitals as well as community and primary care. A large number too, are regional or national centres for specialised health services.

It enables us to offer opportunities for candidates with varying experience and backgrounds. Roles range from Clinical Advisors in 111 (ambulance services) – who use their clinical judgement to direct service users to appropriate care – to Theatre Nurses, who provide skilled support during patients’ perioperative care. Once on board, we’ll nurture your career with comprehensive, ongoing training – starting with a comprehensive induction programme

Independent Care Sector

Independent Care Sector Nursing

Greater Manchester’s most vulnerable people need assistance for a huge variety of reasons. Ultimately, the care they experience in a care home is holistic, and offers professionals the chance to make meaningful connections over time.

Residents and users have a range of cognitive, physical and mental health needs. So aside from assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation, specialists are always welcome – for example, in dementia or palliative care. Sometimes you’ll be encouraged to take university courses, but many larger organisations also have their own training departments. This is a sector that offers you the opportunity to expand your nursing role and achieve your career goals.

Greater Manchester Nurses

Because of their quiet brilliance, sometimes nurses get overlooked. But not here. We know just how absolutely essential their work is for the 2.8 million people who call Greater Manchester home.

And that’s why we’re committed to recruiting so many more nurses – growing the profession and opening up opportunities for current, returning and future practitioners.

You’ll discover that in Greater Manchester, there’s a great deal more to nursing than you might think. You’ll have access to an extensive network of expertise. You’ll also find a wealth of training and career opportunities – not just for this job, but the next one, and the one after that – right on your doorstep.

This isn’t just nursing, this is nursing in the buzzing, connected, proud community that is Greater Manchester.

Saying thank you to our NHS has become a big part of our lives recently, but perhaps the best way to say thank you is to join them …

Greater Manchester Nurses

Train to be a Nurse

Train to be a Nurse

A nursing career isn’t something to be taken lightly. It calls for great focus and astute decision-making, and so training is essential. However, with the right approach, and the support we can offer through tutors, mentors / practice assessors / practice supervisor and university support networks, everything’s in place to ensure you succeed.

We have a reputation for holistic education. As well as covering the theory, we ensure you understand the clinical implications and practical applications of nursing. Outside of classroom work, you’ll also undertake a number of hospital and community placements, each introducing you to a new area of care, from sexual health to cardiology to A&E. You’ll also have a mentor / practice assessor / practice supervisor on each placement, who’ll be invaluable in supporting you. Their experience, knowledge and skill will help you to develop and unlock your full potential.

Train to be a Nurse

Hear from our student nurses on the videos below on the support available while studying to be a nurse at one of Greater Manchester’s four amazing universities.

From September 2020 all nursing students on courses will receive £5,000 a year maintenance grant. Additional payments of up to £3,000 will be available for students in regions or specialisms struggling to recruit or to help students cover childcare costs.

Nursing training course programme providers

Click on the headings below to read more information about the Nursing training course programme providers across Greater Manchester.

Manchester Metropolitan University

BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing
BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting or School Nursing)

MSc Adult Nursing – Pre-registration

MSc Mental Health Nursing – Pre-registration

Manchester Metropolitan University

The aim for the Department of Nursing is to make sure that the University prepare students for the challenges they may face throughout their degree and develop the expertise they’ll need to become a leader in nursing. In the Department of Nursing, the department has a real insight and experience of practising in the roles they teach. As registered nurses, they have all worked as nurses, health visitors or advanced practitioners at points in their healthcare careers. Placements are an important part of the course and students will go on a number of clinical placements, working in both hospitals and community settings.

The Nursing Department has a great reputation for excellence in learning and teaching built on strong partnerships with local healthcare providers and colleagues from across the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care. The University pride themselves in supporting their student’s growth and success. This year, one of their Nursing students won the Health Visiting Student of the Year Award. The win marks the third consecutive year in which a Manchester Met professional development student has won the award.

One of The Guardian’s top 20 UK Nursing universities in the 2020 league tables; Manchester Metropolitan University, also won ‘Learner of the Year: Post-registration’ and ‘Partnership of the Year’ at the Student Nursing Times Awards 2017 and has been shortlisted in various categories since 2012. *100% of Nursing graduates are in employment or further study six months after completing the degree and they scored 98% student satisfaction on the 2019 National Student Survey.

University of Bolton
University of Bolton

BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing
BSc (Hons) Community Specialist Practice (District Nursing)
BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting)
BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) with integrated Nursing Prescribing

The courses at University of Bolton focus on a number of areas, including nursing and health, early years and social policy. They also benefit from the University’s strong links across the Partnership and with professional bodies, industry partners and community groups. Plus, there’s a flagship £31 million Bolton One building, with a state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Suite.

Number one in Greater Manchester for student satisfaction (NSS 2017) and second in the UK for Teaching Quality (Teaching Excellence Framework); all of last year’s nursing graduates went on to work in the NHS across Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

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University of Manchester
University of Manchester

BNurs Adult Nursing
BNurs Child Nursing
BNurs Mental Health Nursing
MNurs Adult Nursing
MNurs Children’s Nursing
MNurs Mental Health Nursing

Part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities, The University of Manchester is one of the largest single-site university in the UK, and has over 40,000 students from 160 countries. The University works closely with local NHS Trusts and social care partners. Nursing students spend half their learning time in a variety of clinical placements, applying theory to practice, and can even choose to take a placement overseas.

The University is ranked 3rd in the world and 2nd in the UK for nursing (QS World University Rankings 2019).Their nursing graduates have excellent employment prospects and are sought after by employers. Many of their graduates are in leadership positions in the NHS and social care organisations and academia, both in this country and beyond.

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University of Salford
University of Salford

BSc (Hons) / MA Adult Nursing
BSc (Hons) / MA Children and Young people Nursing
BSc (Hons) / MA Mental Health Nursing
BSc (Hons) / Learning Disabilities Nursing and Social Work (Integrated Practice)

University of Salford is a friendly, vibrant and pioneering place to study with strong industry partnerships and world class facilities. Nursing students at University of Salford benefit from state-of-the-art Simulation Suites, clinical practice wards and skills rooms, and teaching informed by the latest research. Clinical placements put learning into practice and develop vital knowledge and skills in real world situations.

It was the first university to be accredited by the North West Simulation Education network for their Patient Simulation Suite from (NWSEN). BSc Learning Disabilities Nursing and Social Work (Integrated Practice) scored 95% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (2019).

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Return to practice

Return to practice

However long it’s been since you were last registered as a nurse, we’ll make it enjoyable to return to this proud profession. Greater Manchester is offering exciting opportunities to re-join the nursing profession by completing a Return to Practice (RtP) Programme. Financial support is available from Health Education England (and comes with an additional £500 to cover things like books, parking and childcare).

Alternatively, you could ‘Earn Whilst You Learn’ and be paid as a Band 3 whilst undertaking the Return to Practice Programme, with our employer-led model which is jointly provided by Manchester Metropolitan University and healthcare organisations across Greater Manchester. We will provide you with education and support so that you can gain confidence on your journey to once again becoming a registered professional.

Return to practice

The course takes around six months, depending on how long you’ve been away and the clinical hours you need to complete. The minimum 22.5 hours per week in practice can also be tailored to work around your commitments. You’ll be able to immerse yourself in all the latest teaching and techniques, on an innovative and exciting course, which prepares you for clinical practice. And then, you’ll get back to doing what you do best – being a skilled, empathetic, experienced nurse.

Videos and case studies

Types of Nursing

Registered Nurse – Polly

Registered Nurse – Andy

Return to practice – Reanna

Student Nurse – Sam

Study Nursing in Greater Manchester

You can afford to study in Greater Manchester

Nursing in Social Care

Organisations offering nursing roles

Click on the headings below to read more information about the organisations offering nursing roles across Greater Manchester.

Bolton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The Trust employs over 5,000 staff and provides healthcare to patients from Salford, Wigan, Bury, and beyond. They also provide care in the community at over 20 health centres and clinics, as well as services such as district and school nursing and intermediate care.

A high-performing integrated care Trust, the headquarters – Royal Bolton Hospital – is one of the area’s major hubs for women’s and children’s services. Acute services are especially well regarded and the Paediatric Department enjoys a reputation for exceptional training.

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Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

With an income of £140 million, the Trust cares for a huge area of the North West: 1.3 million residents in total. In practice, most services are delivered outside of hospitals: in patients’ homes, clinics, health centres, GPs, community centres and nearby schools. It also maintains a long-standing partnership with the area’s justice system.

In particular, the Trust is known for its outstanding work integrating services for 0 to 19 year-olds as well as excellent community midwifery, health visiting and family nursing.

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Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

The Trust employs more than 4,750 staff and provides inpatient and community based mental health care for people living in Bolton, the City of Manchester, Salford and Trafford. As well as handling mental health and social care, the Trust offers early intervention, crisis care, rehabilitation and memory clinic community services. Specialist tertiary services range from substance misuse and forensic mental health to healthcare in prisons and secure children’s homes.

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Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

As a leading health, teaching, research and innovation campus there are limitless career opportunities across nine hospitals situated in the heart of Manchester and Trafford.

They offer care across the whole patient pathway providing integrated services with the Manchester Local Care Organisation bringing together primary care, community, social and mental health services. The Trust is home to Royal Manchester Children’s hospital providing specialist healthcare services for children and young people throughout the North West. The Manchester Royal Infirmary is a renowned teaching hospital providing secondary and tertiary services including the GM Trauma Centre. St Mary’s Hospital provides the full range of maternity services for local residents as well as specialist Maternity, Gynecology and neonatal services for the region with services also provided from Wythenshawe hospital. The Manchester Royal Eye Hospital is one of only two specialist eye hospitals in the country and the Dental hospital offers nationally acclaimed specialist services with career opportunities for specialist dental nursing roles.

The Trust can also boast the first Hospital in the NHS; Trafford General, hosts Manchester Orthopaedic Unit and Specialised Neuro Rehab Centre. Altrincham and Withington hospitals provide outpatient treatment and services.

Situated in the South of Manchester, Wythenshawe Hospital provides secondary and tertiary services including the Cardiothoracic Critical Care Unit, Burns Centre, the internationally renowned North West Lung Centre, and the Nightingale Centre (Europe’s first purpose-built breast cancer prevention and treatment center).

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North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

North West Ambulance Service is one of the largest ambulance services in England, delivering emergency and urgent care services to seven million people across the North-West. Our aim is to make clinical decisions early in the patient journey, and go far beyond the traditional 999 response – providing 111 services, clinical prioritisation and assessment and Patient Transport. We have a number of roles for qualified nurses undertaking roles in our 111 contact centre and our Clinical Hub, utilising both telephone triage skills and we are launching some rotational roles to include face to face patient contact.

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North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

The Trust provides physical health, mental health and learning disability services across the North West region. Around 4,000 staff work across the Trust’s sites. Specialising in community physical health, as well as mental health and learning disability services, the Trust serves more than 3.5 million people. The Trust is also partnered with the University of Salford to deliver mental health liaison training across the North West.

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Northern Care Alliance NHS Group

The Northern Care Alliance NHS Group unites five local hospitals along with community and social care services to deliver high quality care across the City of Salford and North East of Greater Manchester. Hospitals include Fairfield General and Rochdale Infirmary, North Manchester General Hospital, Royal Oldham Hospital and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.

Facilities like its new £5 million intermediate care unit complement exceptional services like the highly-praised community neuroscience and stroke teams at Salford Royal and Fairfield General.

Pennine Acute Hospitals

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Salford Royal

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Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

We’re proud to provide mental health and learning disability services to people across Greater Manchester.

We serve a population of 1.3 million and our vision is a happier and more hopeful life for everyone in our communities.

More than 4,000 dedicated and skilled staff deliver care from around 200 different locations in six boroughs: Bury, Oldham, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside and Glossop and Trafford.

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Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust runs Stepping Hill Hospital and community health services across the area. The hospital’s stroke centre was assessed last year as the best in the country, and is one of only three stroke centres for Greater Manchester. It is also the second largest hospital in this region for orthopaedic surgery, and one of only four ‘specialist’ sites in Greater Manchester for emergency medicine and specialist abdominal surgery. Stepping Hill Hospital treats around 500,000 patients per year, with community services delivered through 24 health centres and in homes. The organisation also runs Devonshire Centre for neuro-rehabilitation, The Meadows palliative care centre and Swanbourne Gardens children’s respite centre in Stockport.

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Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

A “Good” rated organisation by the CQC, which provides combined acute and community services to the boroughs of Tameside & Glossop. The Trust employs 3,800 staff across a range of sites, in the foothills of the beautiful Pennines. They provide acute services from the Tameside Hospital site at Ashton-under-Lyne, including accident and emergency and urgent care, medical and surgical care, and obstetric and paediatric services for women, children and babies. They also provide community healthcare services, through a range of health centres and in homes.

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The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

The Christie is a national cancer specialist. They serve 3.2 million people across Greater Manchester and Chester, and 26% of patients are referred from across the UK.

The Trust is renowned as a world pioneer in the care, treatment and research of cancer. As well as their surgical theatres, The Christie is known for the collaborative work of its Haematology and Transplant Unit and Teenage and Young Adult services, a friendly, open culture and a commitment to excellence.

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Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

The Trust employees 5,000 staff serving a local population of 320,000, and provide specialist services to a much wider regional, national and international catchment. Those services are run at five main sites: Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wrightington Hospital, Leigh Infirmary, Thomas Linacre Centre and Boston House.

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Further information

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is a membership organisation of over 465,000 registered nurses, midwives, health care assistants and nursing students.