NHS Nursing Apprenticeships

Start your nursing career by joining us as a Band 3 Healthcare Assistant. Depending on your role and prior experience you can follow the Healthcare Assistant career pathway.  You’ll be fully supported to study whilst you work in order to gain the relevant qualification, moving you along the pathway to becoming a Band 4 Assistant Practitioner. If you chose to continue to follow the pathway, it can lead you to becoming a qualified Band 5 Staff Nurse. You can then continue to develop your career and specialisms by undertaking an Enhanced or Advanced Clinical Practitioner role with the organisation.

You may also join us as an expert by experience as a Peer Support Worker.

Senior Healthcare Support Worker

In this role, you would work as part of a multi-disciplinary team offering a range of mental health services, and support both the individual and their families at different stages of their recovery. A senior healthcare support worker will work closely with carers and other organisations, and at the end of the apprenticeship, will achieve a Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care.

Nursing Associate Level 5

This programme gives new and existing healthcare staff the opportunity to study for a fully funded FdSc and obtain a professional qualification and registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This role aims to bridge the gap between health assistants and registered nurses, and a wide range of duties, from undertaking clinical tasks to supporting patients on an emotional level, and is the first stage to becoming a registered nurse.


Apprenticeships available


Registered Nursing Degree Apprenticeship (Mental Health or Learning Disability)

This programme allows you to show your passion, skill and dedication to become a registered nurse, and achieve a unique, practice-based qualification. You will learn the skills to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care, and build and maintain relationships across all aspects of people’s lives. At the end of the programme, you will achieve a BSc Hons in Nursing, and allow you to then specialise further.

"My current role means everything because it's fulfilling. I feel confident in my work and feel really good in the way I interact with the patients. I feel that I am able to be part of their recovery."

Faith - Apprentice Assistant Practitioner

Faith - Apprentice Assistant Practitioner

"I really enjoy what I do. I find it really interesting. Being able to help people is also a huge part of why we do what we do."

Rob - Apprentice Occupational Therapist

Rob - Apprentice Occupational Therapist

Great place to work, great place to live

We are a successful and innovative organisation with exciting plans for the future. In the last few years we have opened The Junipers, a brand new Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Jasmine Lodge, a Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) in Exeter and we are expanding and developing our other mental health and learning disability services.

If you’re thinking of locating to Devon or the South West, you’ll be living in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.

Come and join us and be part of our journey to becoming a centre of excellence and expertise in mental health and learning disability.