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NHS nurses start at level 5 and with experience and further qualifications can progress into a range of areas.  



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Level 5 Clinical

Staff nurse
Working as part of a multi-professional healthcare team, you will provide safe, high-quality and evidence-based care to a wide range of patients. Nurses working in this sphere will assess, plan and implement urgent  care, carry out clinical procedures and supervise junior staff and students.

Level 6 Clinical

Senior staff nurse/practice nurse/NHS Direct nurse adviser
Senior staff nurses carry out the same duties as a staff nurse but at a higher level. Working in primary care, practice nurses may diagnose and develop treatment plans, educate and support patients, provide information and advice, counsel patients and implement vaccination and immunisation programmes for both adults and children. Nurses can also work for NHS Direct, providing support to patients over the phone.

Level 6 Management

Team leader
You will have a high degree of autonomy, assessing patients, planning and implementing urgent/unscheduled care delivered in a wide variety of settings.

Level 6 Education

Lecturer practitioner
Supporting other practitioners in their learning, you will deliver education and training in either an educational or healthcare setting, or a combination of both

Level 6 Research

Research assistant
You will likely work in a university or other research centre, supporting research teams by preparing interviews, recruiting research participants and collating data.

Level 7 Clinical 

Nurse practitioner/senior practice nurse
Nurse practitioners often work autonomously, making critical judgements, delivering high levels of care and providing expert clinical advice and expertise. Senior practice nurses working in primary care develop treatment plans to meet patients’ changing needs.

Level 7 Management

Ward sister/charge nurse
Ward sisters/charge nurses deliver high-quality and effective care designed to improve the lives of patients, while supporting families and carers. You will have responsibility for a defined clinical area, as well as manage teams and resources.

Level 7 Education

Senior lecturer
Working in an educational or practice setting (or both), you will deliver training and create a supportive learning environment. Operating with greater autonomy, you will either work on your own or lead a team of educationalists or healthcare professionals.

Level 7 Research

Clinical trials nurse/research fellow
A clinical trials nurse combines direct care with clinical research. You will contribute to the development of new trials and take a lead on gaining R&D approval. A research fellow is usually based in a university or research centre and develops the evidence base to support the delivery of health and social care within a specialist area.

Level 8 Clinical

Nurse consultant
Your role blends direct, higher level clinical care with education, research and management activities.

Level 8 Management

Modern matron/lead nurse
At this level, nurses provide leadership and ensure clinical excellence is maintained. You may be responsible for a particular service or programme in a hospital or manage a healthcare practice. You will lead staff development and implement and evaluate nursing care in your area.

Level 8 Education

Head of department
Designing and leading education programmes, either in a university or practice setting (or both), you will provide academic leadership and ensure high levels of teaching.

Level 8 Research

Working at a university and specialising in a specific area, your research will be published in peer review journals and potentially have a big impact on the way care is delivered.

Level 9 Clinical

Practice partner
You will work with GPs, nurses and practice managers to provide medical services to local communities, while using your entrepreneurial and business skills to set the strategic direction of the practice.

Level 9 Management

Chief executive officer/board director
A chief executive officer is responsible for an organisation’s success and setting the strategic vision. A board member provides powerful leadership to an organisation’s nurses and healthcare professionals.

Level 9 Education

University dean
It will be your responsibility for the entire strategy of the school or faculty, to establish nursing education courses and create a culture where high-quality learning and research can thrive.

Level 9 Research

University professors lead and develop nursing research and the education of nurses and other healthcare professionals.

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School of Health Sciences

B236, Medical School
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA

telephone: +44 (0)115 95 15559