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Education, Learning and development

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If we're going to provide the quality of treatment and care that we want to, we need a workforce with the right skills. And that's even more important to us than the great reputation we've earned for training and development, not to mention equality of access to career opportunities.

As soon as you join us, you'll attend a comprehensive induction programme and agree a personal, yearly development plan with your manager; this will cover your essential training requirement as well as both your personal and professional development needs. And we have an impressive range of resources to help you follow that plan.

About our Education & Research Centre

Our purpose-built Education Centre features lecture theatres, tutorial rooms, a clinical skills teaching room, the Bristol Medical Simulation Centre, two library and IT training rooms. 

Clinical development

As one of the UK's leading teaching hospitals, closely linked to the Universities of Bristol and the University of the West of England and other bodies worldwide, we are extraordinarily well placed to develop clinical skills and careers. We positively encourage postgraduate study and research, with an active programme of workshops and seminars keeping you up to date with the latest clinical developments.

Non-clinical development

Our non-clinical staff receive excellent support from the Trust, working in partnership with our local further education college, giving you the chance - and the funding - to study for further qualifications. Whether you want to widen your knowledge, develop towards a supervisory role or even change your career altogether, it's all here for you.

We are very aware that a strong customer focused culture is essential, both in terms of quality of care and in terms of investing in an assured financial future.  A module called Living With Values is run for staff within the Trust and a range of staff groups have been encouraged to learn from good practice outside the NHS, sharing learning with their peers.


The Trust also offers National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs). The NVQs we offer fall into two categories: clinical and non clinical. The clinical NVQs are through the UH Bristol Assessment Centre and non-clinical NVQs are accessed through City of Bristol College.  The NVQs we offer are as follows:


  • Level 2 Health and Social Care (for Nurse Assistants)
  • Level 3 Healthcare (For Nurse Assistants and AHP Assistants)
  • Level 2 Clinical Laboratory

Non Clinical

  • Level 1 and 2 Cleaning and Support
  • Level 2 Security
  • Level 2 and 3 Customer Service
  • Level 2 and 3 Business Administration
  • Level 2 Team Leading
  • Level 2 Support Services

Partnership working

The Trust has an organisational development framework. An important element of this is the development programme which has been carried out in partnership with Keele University, to support the development of the five Clinical Divisions and one corporate Division. Themes cover financial planning and management, innovation, strategic planning and marketing. and managing people.

The Trust also has strong links with City of Bristol College, South Bristol Academy, Bristol City Council, Severn Postgraduate Medical Education, Exeter University and Bath University.

And this is just a taste of what we can offer here in Bristol; find more about NHS training and development