Development & Progression

It’s important to us that you enjoy a genuinely interesting, fulfilling career at St Andrew’s Investing in the development of our nurses is key to raising our standards even higher.

We want to make the most of your potential by giving you the chance to take control of your own future. We’d love you to become a shining example of what a nurse can be in your specialist field.

You’ll find lots of opportunities to continue your development whatever your current level of experience and expertise. Our career pathway will help guide you to where you want to be.


Structured support

You’ll be supported, supervised and developed in practice, either through our charity-wide competency-based preceptorship programme or our extensive learning and development prospectus.


Degrees & qualifications

There are opportunities to undergo a ‘top-up’ degrees and gain a masters level education – we’ve supported many ambitious nurses in this way.


Aspire – from HCA to nurse

Our ‘Aspire’ programme supports 20 members of staff to gain a nursing degree supported by a £15,000 per year bursary.


Your career pathway

The Nursing career pathway within St Andrew’s Healthcare is unique – you’re able to develop and move through the profession without ever leaving the charity. You can advance through the bands – developing your career clinically as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Consultant, or through a more managerial route as a Nurse Manager.

The pathway process helps you to identify your learning and development needs to discuss with your line manager. You can then plan the best way forward.

St Andrews Career path diagram

Becoming a St Andrew’s Nurse

We think that St Andrew’s Nurses stand out for their healthcare knowledge, their advanced clinical skills and their values, dedication and professionalism.

How do you know if you fit the profile? Because you’re passionate about what you do. Because you want to offer world-class expertise, service and care. And because you want to keep improving as a professional.

You’re someone who communicates well with patients, carers and colleagues. You have the courage to stand up and speak out for what is right. You’re also proud of your profession and what nurses can achieve.

You can also tell if you are a fit for St Andrew’s if you share our values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence, as well as the Chief Nursing Officer’s ‘6Cs’ – care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment.