Workforce Education - Nursing and Midwifery

As the largest health care provider in Northern Ireland, employing over 7,000 nursing and midwives and 2,500 nursing & midwifery support staff, we are able to provide an unparalleled range of opportunities.  Working at the Belfast Trust is both rewarding and challenging.  A wide range of opportunities exist for well-motivated and enthusiastic nurses and midwives to develop their skills and experience.

Post-registration Nursing & Midwifery

A variety of learning and development opportunities are available for our nurses and midwives to help them meet the challenges of the changing service requirements.  Active support and training is available for nurses and midwives through induction and on-going staff development programmes.

Induction: All newly appointed nurse and midwives are provided with an induction programme relevant to their role.  The induction programme is managed, delivered and evaluated by nursing and midwifery staff as well as having contributions from other professions and specialties within the Trust.

Preceptorship: A preceptor is “an experienced colleague who provides support & guidance to enable new registrants to make the transition from student to accountable practitioner” (NMC 2006).  This programme aims to support students to make the transition from student to staff nurse and provides the opportunity to deliver safe and effective nursing care in a supportive environment.

Formal Education: Programmes may be accessed through the province’s universities, Queens University, Belfast, University of Ulster and Open University and in-service consortia.  These include specialist practice programmes, short courses, stand alone modules and work-based in-service modules. Reference again to the post registration framework

Other Providers:  Nurses and midwives can also access learning and development activities via other providers such as NIPEC, Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Midwifery, Staff Side organisations and providers external to Northern Ireland when the need has been evidenced for such an approach during the development phase in Northern Ireland.

In-House:  A variety of learning and development opportunities are available which are delivered by Trust staff.