Associate nurses

Circle Health Group is proud to support newly qualified nurses (NQNs) in whatever speciality they wish to pursue. If you are newly qualified, we offer fantastic opportunities to develop your career.

Benefits of being a newly qualified nurse in the private sector

We often get asked if the private sector is a good fit for a newly qualified nurse. The answer is yes! 

 Here are just some of the pros of being a NQN within the private sector:

  • Supportive staff numbers worked out by labour ratio. This means there is less pressure across the team. You have more time to spend with your patients and deliver the care you have been trained to deliver at the right level to ensure you can give quality care;
  • Every employee gets a personalised career development plan;
  • Managers are accessible and the management structure is open and visible;
  • Consultants are accessible and have great relationships with nurses, as well as the rest of the hospital team and;
  • Flexible working hours to suit your lifestyle and help you to establish a healthy work/life balance.

Our commitment to your nursing career development

As a newly qualified nurse or Operating Department Practitioner, you will have lots of options and ideas about your first registered role.

Circle Health Group can give you support and access to training and development opportunities. This includes academically accredited courses and Masters level modules to help you develop your nursing career.

We have a dedicated team committed to your learning and development, and nurture people to become clinical specialists.

We are also passionate about our Preceptorship Programme and are delighted to showcase this to help you build your confidence and skills:

  • The programme offers insight into what you can expect in your first 180 days;

  • You will be allocated an experienced Preceptor to support you during your first steps of delivering safe patient care as a Registered Practitioner;

  • The programme is designed to meet the needs of nurses just like you. The programme offers innovative development opportunities and will set you up for a successful career at Circle Health Group;

Taking an NQN role with Circle Health Group is career enabling, with leading tools, training, and fantastic Clinical Preceptors.

A job with us will set you up for an incredible and varied career.

In return for your hard work and dedication, you’ll enjoy genuine job satisfaction and reassurance that you’ll be cared for the way you care for your patients.

What our employees really think

We think you'll love working at Circle Health Group, but don't just take our word for it.

As a Registered Nurse at Circle Health Group, I enjoy all aspects of my role, whether I'm working with the patients to plan their care, collaborating with outpatients' staff to ensure patients have a good experience with us, or working with our Consultants to grow the business and develop new services.

Maggie Donaghue, Registered Nurse, BMI Healthcare, Part of Circle Health Group, BMI The Woodlands Hospital

The Nursing Associate

We welcome Nursing Associates at Circle Health Group and will support you to become a Nursing Associate with an Higher Apprenticeship at Level 5.

The Foundation Degree (FdSc) course is a 2 year course that will train you in this new support role that will be a bridge between healthcare support workers and registered nurses.

We aim to:

  • support the career progression of health care assistants;

  • increase the routes into nursing

  • enable nurses to undertake more advanced roles.

The two-year programme requires trainee Nurse Associates (TNAs) to be exposed to multi-disciplinary working and is designed to give them the ability to work in a variety of settings with a range of population groups and conditions.

This course can be undertaken through one of our approved University partners using a variety of delivery models and will be required you to go on placements outside of your department/site which we will help facilitate.

Modules include things such as: An Introduction to Anatomy and Pathophysiology Fundamentals of Practice for the Nursing Associate Introduction to Person-Centred Care, Knowledge and Skills for Practice Introduction to the Role of the Nursing Associate Learning to Learn: An Introduction to Academic Study Skills Developing the Nursing Associate’s Knowledge, Skills and Decision-making for Person-centred Care Enhancing Practice for the Nursing Associate Exploring the Role of the Nursing Associate when Caring for People with Acute and Long-term Conditions Understanding Evidence-based Practice

As this is a university accredited course, that upon successful completion, results in a qualification registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), there is therefore a robust selection process involving including an interview with the Circle Healthcare Learning and Development team alongside the University programme tutors involved and clinicians.