Nurses and midwives

Our nurses and midwives take part in continuing education and training, ensuring their competence and ongoing development, and supporting them to provide excellent care to our patients. As well as the nurses and midwives employed here, we have nursing and midwifery students on practical placements in clinical areas around our hospitals.

Statutory and mandatory training for nurses and midwives

The Trust has a responsibility to provide statutory and mandatory training and to ensure that staff attend. Statutory training is needed to meet legislative duties. Mandatory training is an organisational requirement to limit risk and maintain safe working practice.

  • You must attend a Trust induction in your first month of starting work at UHSFT.
  • During your first year you must also complete the statutory and mandatory training sessions that were not covered in your induction.
  • Each year thereafter you should complete the sessions again (unless otherwise specified) to ensure and record that you are up to date.

You'll be able to see your specific statutory and mandatory training requirements under 'my statutory and mandatory training' when you log in to the VLE. If you don't have log in details for the VLE you can still view our statutory and mandatory courses.


Preceptorship is 'a period of transition for the newly qualified registrant during which time he or she will be supported by a preceptor, to develop their confidence as an autonomous professional, refine skills, values and behaviours and to continue on their journey of life-long learning’.

We are committed to providing all newly qualified registrants from all disciplines a period of preceptorship. Each division has a hub and spoke approach to preceptorship, but all give assurances that the minimum standards are applied.

Read our preceptorship pledge here.

For further information please contact your preceptors, ward leader or education lead.