Nursing Cadetship Programme

Information alert

The next programme will run from w/c 8 April 2024 (Easter break) and then again from w/c 13 May 2024.
To apply, please request an application from

Our May 2023 Nursing Cadets
Our May 2023 Nursing Cadets.

NHS Cadets is a new scheme created in partnership with the NHS providing opportunities to explore roles in healthcare. It is aimed at young people who are from communities currently under-represented within the NHS and St John Ambulance.

The programme offers young people courses to develop their leadership and communication skills, health awareness sessions, and insight into volunteering in the NHS.

The initiative is seeking young people who might not have previously considered a career in healthcare.

To apply, please request an application pack via the Work Experience Team (

The next programme will run from w/c 8 April 2024 (Easter break) and then again from w/c 13 May 2024.

Nursing Cadet Programmes helps young people develop their skills and support them towards a career in nursing with an interactive experience.

You'll gain:

  • Observational clinical experience, watching nursing staff in action
  • An understanding of how to pursue a role in nursing
  • A certificate you can share with potential employers to help you stand out from the crowd
  • The opportunity to meet other young people interested in caring for people with health needs
  • The chance to become an ambassador and inspire future cadets

Although subject to possible alteration, the table below outlines a typical Nursing Cadetship Programme schedule with some of the interactive activities and sessions which are delivered as part of this programme, including two shadowing days on the ward.




Day 1


Welcome and introductions:

  • Checks and documentation
  • Learners' agreement
  • Presentation
  • Hospital Tour
11am-1pm A day in the life of a Health Care Assistant:
  • First impressions
  • Handover
  • Personal care (interactive/video)
1pm-2pm Lunch
2pm-4pm Care and recognition of the deteriorating patient:
  • Resuscitation
  • Covid
Day 2


Infection Control


Fire Safety







Vital signs:

  • Observations
  • NEWS

Day 3

9am-4pm Moving and Handling

Day 4


On wards



Day 5


On wards



  • Evaluations and celebrations
  • Return of uniform and badges
  • Certificates handed out

Paediatric Nursing Placement

A great opportunity to join the team for four days in Children's Outpatients to see face to face what a career in Child Nursing could involve, interact with patients and their families and support your University application.

For a paper application form, please email

You can also fill out the digital form.

Placement outline may include:

  • Communication with children and their families
  • Observing the taking of observations being performed and recorded
  • Observing venepuncture and the need for distraction
  • Working with the multi-agency team by observing clinicians in clinics and on our children’s ward (Nightingale)

To apply, applicants must:

  • Be over the age of 17
  • Hold a current DBS (a criminal record check)
  • Be able to attend the one-day induction prior to attending the three-day programme

A career in nursing...