Career advice

RCNi jobs fair: where healthcare employers will be waiting to meet you

London recruitment event will be packed with career opportunities for nurses

London recruitment event will be packed with career opportunities for nurses

Employers, nurses and nursing students find the jobs fairs an ideal place to meet and
discuss career options.

RCNi Nursing Careers and Jobs Fair returns to London on September 17 and 18. This flagship event acts as a shop window for healthcare employers across the UK and is a fantastic opportunity for nurses to consider the careers choices open to them. Many are even offered jobs on the day.

This year, there are talks on how to succeed at interview and how to get the best outcomes from your CV. The 2018 RCNi nursing student of the year, Katie Dutton, who decided to become a nurse after surviving sepsis, will also make an appearance. 

CPD-accredited sessions can count towards revalidation

RCNi senior nurse editor
Richard Hatchett

Our interactive workshops will include sessions on financial education for nurses, returning to practice and how to becoming a healthcare entrepreneur. RCNi senior nurse editor Richard Hatchett will host a workshop on RCNi’s decision support tool – the UK’s only point-of-care, decision-support tool for nurses. Its aim is to support you in delivering best practice. These activities are CPD-accredited so can count towards your Nursing and Midwifery Council revalidation profile.

A panel discussion with audience participation will take place on both days. Introduced last year, the panel talks focus on the issues currently affecting the recruitment and retention of nurses.

Watch: Video highlights from the RCNi Nursing Careers and Jobs Fair


Your chance to discuss careers issues with experts  

I look forward to chairing the discussions and will be joined on Tuesday 17 September by RCN London regional director Jude Diggins and assistant director of nursing at North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, Nichole McIntosh.

On Wednesday 18 September, the panellists will be Aibhin Burke, lead nurse for recruitment and retention at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London and Jo Upton, deputy head of nursing at Lloyds Pharmacy Clinical Homecare.

RCN London director Jude Diggins
will be a guest speaker

These senior nurses have a wealth of knowledge and experience and will be offering practical advice on:

  • How to get the job you really want.
  • What employers are looking for in nurses.
  • How to make sure an organisation is the right fit for you.

I'll be encouraging questions from the audience. This is your chance to get advice and support from leading nurses on a range of issues that matter to you. Topics covered at last year's event included raising concerns, coping with staff shortages, how to maintain a good work-life balance and support for nurses from BME backgrounds.

Don’t forget your CV…

You might receive a job offer on the day

From careers counselling to advice on financial, legal or welfare matters, you can discuss all aspects of your career with experts in our advice hub, and the event also offers a unique learning zone linked to the RCNi online platform.

You can access the whole range of RCNi learning resources free of charge, and gain CPD hours by completing an e-learning module with the help of our e-learning experts.

For those looking for a new nursing role, more than 65 top nursing and healthcare employers from across the UK will be at the fair looking to recruit; these range from NHS trusts, operators in the independent and care home sectors, overseas recruiters and nursing agencies.

Watch: Video highlights from the RCNi Nursing Careers and Jobs Fair




Employment offers are made at RCNi jobs fairs

The Business Design Centre in Islington, venue of the London jobs fair. Picture: Barney Newman

Many employers will be looking to make job offers on the day – so don't forget to bring you CV. Remember, you could walk away with a job offer.

RCNi Nursing and Careers Jobs Fairs have helped thousands of nurses develop their careers over the last ten years. Whether you are a nursing student, newly qualified or have years of experience, come and join us in September so we can help you get the most out of your nursing career.  

Find out more

Save the dates: RCNi Jobs and Careers Fairs coming up near you


  • Brighton: 5 October
  • Leicester: 5 November


  • Manchester: 6 February
  • Birmingham: 11 March
  • Glasgow: 25 March 

More information about the jobs fairs

Clare Lomas is career development editor

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