Where could I work?​

The list is endless but includes: hospitals; schools; children’s hospices; community health centres; walk in centres; day care centres; child health clinics; young people's homes and charities. ​

CareersCentral can provide advice on working outside of the UK.​

What would a typical day look like?​

Read about a typical day of a Practice Educator at Great Ormond Street Hospital.​

What would my starting salary be?​

Most NHS jobs are covered by the Agenda for Change pay scales and you would start at Band 5. As you progress, salaries vary depending on the skills you acquire and the responsibilities of your job. Most experienced nurses work in Band 6 or 7. ​

Additional qualifications and experience may enhance salary and promotion prospects.​

Extra payments may be available for staff working antisocial hours or in high-cost areas. One of the highest paid positions in nursing is as a nurse consultant where salaries start on Band 8a.  ​

What hours would I be working?​

Children's nursing is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year job. You will be expected to work an average of 37.5 hours a week on a shift-style rota and would be expected to work days, nights and weekends, including bank holidays, Easter and Christmas. There may be scope for working more regular hours depending on your role.​

Part-time, term-time and job-share arrangements have become more common and career breaks can often be taken. Freelance and agency nursing is a possibility.​


To explore this career in more depth visit : NHS Health Careers​