Make a difference with nursing at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and join an excellent team of over 1,360 nursing staff.

Our vision is to provide outstanding services as an employer of choice, so we hope you’ll choose to work with us. One of the many things that make us attractive to people is the truly diverse range of services we provide. We’re a specialist mental health and learning disability trust. We’re also a learning and teaching organisation with a solid commitment to research, development and progression.


In 2018 we published our Nursing Strategy. It sets out how we strive to provide the best quality of experience for our service users and our commitments over the next three years to support our nurses. Our nursing workforce continues to grow and develop. We embrace those who are following apprentice pathways or are taking up the associate practitioner and nursing associate roles and the more established roles of registered nurses.

Read our Nursing Strategy.>

Director of Nursing Cathy Woffendin discussing our Nursing Strategy

International Nurses

We welcome internationally educated nurses, bringing a broad range of backgrounds, experience, and skills. Our International Nursing Recruitment Program seeks qualified Mental Health Nurses living outside of the United Kingdom. We offer full support to those who meet the criteria. Learn more about the requirements to register as a nurse in the NHS – International Nursing.>

Working at Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

We are proud of our nursing staff, and we also aspire to be a learning organisation. Our commitment to learning requires us to invest and strengthen our research and development pathways for nursing.

Training and Development Opportunities

  • A highly regarded preceptorship programme – find out more about it here.
  • Access to our renowned Andrew Sims education centre
  • Access to nursing conferences
  • The Mary Seacole leadership programme
  • Nurse rotation opportunities
  • Support for NMC revalidation
  • Clinical supervision
  • A complete package of leadership, management and compulsory training keeping you up to date and safe at work – find out more here.


Nurses are the bedrock of our Trust, working with people, so they feel safe, cared for and respected. We have a strong foundation of excellent staff equipped to meet the ever-changing and exciting challenge of providing care in the future. To keep pace, we must be active in new ways of working, drive innovation, and exercise our influence to ensure that we continue to provide safe and effective care to the communities we serve. We based our nursing strategy on several essential drivers. It has been created with our nursing staff, considering what nursing means to them and what makes them proud to nurse.

Hear from some of our nursing staff

Meet Michael, a nursing associate at our Trust

Michael Murdoch is a Nursing Associate for Learning Disability Services. He tells us about his journey through the training programme and gives some advice to new trainees.

On Valentine’s Day 2019 I checked my inbox. I had mail and it was the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) with an exciting email inviting me to join the register. After paying my fee and confirming my fitness to practice, I then became one of the first ever Registered Nursing Associates. Two years ago, this moment felt so long away with me doubting my ability to achieve a degree and anxieties if the role would even come to fruition.

I have always been a good support worker and passionate about my job. I have always looked to develop my skills and access any courses to improve my knowledge. Unfortunately, I have never been in a situation where I could leave my post and go to university so thanks to the Nursing Associate programme, the road to being a registered professional was opened.

The role of Nursing Associate is now recognised and regulated by the NMC. I and many others have some exciting, yet tough days ahead to establish the role within a wide variety of different settings. It is positive to see that in most areas the role is being recognised and respected. The training has opened up a whole new world for nursing. It seems that now support workers have the opportunity to unleash their true potential.

I have the joy of seeing many peers following in my footsteps and doing the training for themselves. It is such a good journey. My advice is to enjoy it. Make the most out of each placement, get involved and learn as much as you can. Also downloading the British National Formulary (BNF) app helped me loads when learning about various medications during my different placements.

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I feel very lucky to have had this opportunity and even luckier to have the support I have around me. I am now looking forward to working through my preceptorship and to developing into the role of a Registered Nursing Associate.

Meet Stacey, Matron/Manager and Lead Nurse at our Trust

Stacey Atkinson is a Matron/Manager and Lead Nurse for Learning Disability Services. She tells us about her varied and rewarding career in learning disability nursing.

Many moons ago I was a support worker for people with learning disabilities working at what were then the big institutions in Leeds including Meanwood Park Hospital. It was an interesting place, often not for the right reasons, but I loved the job! I found the client group challenging, interesting, surprising, vulnerable to the point I wanted to protect them and so, so rewarding to work with.

I wanted more though. I wanted to change the way things were done, to give people more autonomy and enable their rights. I felt frustrated and not listened to. I wanted a voice both for myself and for the people I looked after – so I looked into doing my nurse training.

Because of my experience and qualifications, there were no issues with regard to me doing my nurse training and again I loved it. It gave me a wealth of further experience and whereas I felt I was never really academic at school, I was now studying something I really enjoyed. For the first time in my life, I excelled.

On qualifying I had an array of different roles:

  • Group home manager for people with learning disabilities
  • Deputy manager on a ward at Meanwood Park for people with challenging behaviour
  • Community nurse for children with learning disabilities
  • Community nurse for adults with learning disabilities
  • Later, I also went into education teaching learning disability nursing for 12 years

In 2016 I returned to nursing as a matron/manager and lead nurse. The rewarding part of the job is seeing staff grow and develop and being able to support them in encouraging excellence within services.

I have so far had a fabulous career. There have been challenges, and these have made me grow, but there have been many positives. I’ve been awarded prestigious nursing awards but more positively the relationships I’ve developed with both service users and colleagues have kept me focused and maintained my interest in the profession.

Learning disability nursing, for me, is the best career anyone could have, but then I am biased! If you are a support worker thinking about being a nurse, I fully recommend it. Think about what you can have. I’d certainly do it all again if I could.

Return to Nursing

Nurse holding a picture "We are returning nurses we are the NHS"

Previously worked for the NHS? Want to come back and be part of a passionate team and make a difference with us? We offer routes so you can rejoin nursing. No matter how long you have been away, we can support you to get back to doing what you love. Readmission back into nursing is easy. If you have recent experience, you may be able to re-register with the NMC without doing a course or a test. If you have been out of nursing for a more extended period, you can update your knowledge with a Test of Competence. We also offer support for those looking to take a return to practice course. Find out more below: