Specially designed programmes for the Liverpool Nurse

As well as an amazing city and innovative hospitals, Liverpool Nurses have access to a range of programmes that can’t be found anywhere else.

Whether you’re looking to get your foot in the door or in the mood to try something new, our Kick Start, Fast Track and Rotational programmes have been designed to benefit nurses as much as possible. The programmes are available to both new and existing nurses, so get in touch [hyperlink: careers] if you’d like to find out more.

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Kick Start

Becoming a newly qualified nurse is incredibly exciting. However, the responsibility of looking after patients for the very first time can be quite daunting. Kick Start is a unique programme that is designed to give you as much experience as possible in a supportive and proactive environment.

It’s a 12-month ‘preceptorship programme’, starting with four weeks of supernumerary working across your allocated ward and clinical skills department.

During this time, you’ll learn key skills and develop core competencies, including medicines management, venepuncture and cannulation. This will support you to settle into life on the ward as a newly qualified member of the team, as well as prepare you for your next step.

Throughout the programme you will be supported by a senior nurse sponsor, who will be on hand to offer information and guidance to help you provide the very best care for your patients.

You will also receive ongoing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions which will equip you with a range of skills and personal attributes, including resilience training, leadership skills and quality improvements.

Fast Track

For those who demonstrate extraordinary potential and aspire to take up a Band 6 role, Fast Track will provide you with everything you need to achieve your dreams.

This intensive programme is tailor-made for each individual and offers a wealth of benefits, including:

  • Access to a number of Level 7 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses
  • A six-month development period of Hub and Spoke opportunities (to develop skills in a specialty area – e.g. EOL Care, Harm Avoidance, and Mortality Review etc.)
  • Extended learning of core competencies including leadership, Quality Improvement (QI), Safety First and patient safety
  • Promotion to a Band 6 role 
  • Ongoing support from senior nursing teams
  • A ‘Liverpool Nurse’ badge to highlight this achievement

Fast Track is open to both internal and external applicants. Those applying to the programme must also secure sponsorship from a senior nurse or clinician and those appointed to the programme will undergo a rigorous assessment and interview process.

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For both new and experienced nurses, the Rotational programme allows you to experience up to three specialisms over an 18-month period. At the end of the programme, subject to available vacancies, you can then select your preferred specialism and continue to work in that department.

The Rotational programme is designed for your needs and will often include:

  • Acute (including Accident and Emergency (A&E), surgical assessment unit, acute medical unit and major trauma ward)
  • Acute medical (including respiratory, cardiology, stroke and Department of Medicine for Older People)
  • Acute surgical (including urology, orthopaedics, gastroenterology and colorectal surgery)
  • Working across a number of sites and departments with potential to work in specialists Trusts and Hospice.


Aintree University Hospital

Lower Lane
L9 7AL

0151 525 5980

Royal Liverpool University Hospital

Prescot St
L7 8XP

0151 706 2000