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Find your ideal role with RCN Jobs Fairs

Whether you are newly qualified or an experienced nurse looking for a change of direction, RCN Bulletin Jobs Fairs are a great way to explore a wide range of new career opportunities.

Whether you are newly qualified or an experienced nurse looking for a change of direction, RCN Bulletin Jobs Fairs are a great way to explore a wide range of new career opportunities 


RCN Bulletin Jobs Fair has been helping nurses to develop their careers since 2009. 

Earlier this month, almost 800 nurses and nursing students visited the RCN Bulletin Jobs Fair held at Novotel London West in Hammersmith. 

RCN Bulletin Jobs Fair has been helping nurses to develop their careers since 2009, with more than 28,000 visitors to Jobs Fair events around the country over the past seven years. 

Whether you are just starting out in your career, or are an experienced nurse looking for a change of direction, the free events in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow – are a great way to explore a wide range of new career opportunities.

Top nursing and healthcare employers from across the UK and overseas are brought together under one roof, with the London event attended by 38 exhibitors actively looking to recruit nurses. 

Instant job offers

Organisations offering employment range from NHS trusts and private health companies and charities to the police and ambulance services and the navy. 

Nurses can be interviewed on the day, with many getting job offers on the spot, and can attend free seminars throughout the two-day event. 

These cover topics such as how to write the perfect CV and shine at job interviews, advice about the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s revalidation process, and living and working abroad. 

Among the exhibitors at the London Fair was London North West Healthcare NHS Trust. One of the largest integrated care trusts in the country, it was looking to recruit band 5 community nurses across all nine of its locations, including newly qualified nurses, as well as a band 7 team leader. 

Range of roles

‘We had a great deal of interest from nurses at the Jobs Fair, many of whom did not realise they can work as a community nurse as soon as they qualify,’ says Sudbury Primary Care Centre project manager Shelly Roberts. 

‘We have a preceptorship programme for newly qualified nurses, and all staff are well supported by dedicated educators within the team.’ 

Nurses with community experience can also apply for a job as a health promotion nurse with retailer Superdrug. The company runs nurse-led clinics covering everything from travel vaccinations and food intolerance to sexual health and HIV testing. 

Or if your background is in adult or mental health nursing, you might consider a role as a custody nurse practitioner (CNP) with the Metropolitan Police.

‘We develop adult and mental health nurses to meet the needs of clients in custody,’ says Paul Carson, a CNP with the Met for four years. ‘Our role is to identify, risk assess and reassure. It encompasses every part of adult nursing and is the best career move I have ever made.’ 

Jobs Fair dates 2017: 

  • 9-10 Feb – Manchester
  • 2-3 March – Birmingham
  • 20-21 April – London
  • 8-9 June – Glasgow
  • 5-6 Sept – Liverpool
  • 3-4 October – London BDC

Clare Lomas is Nursing Standard assistant editor 

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