Spire Nursing Apprenticeship programme

We are now offering fully-funded nursing apprenticeships at our England based hospitals, where participants can get their Nursing Degree, while gaining valuable working experience and earning a full-time salary.

Applications for the 2021 Spire Healthcare and Sunderland University Nurse Apprentice programme are now closed, but you can still register your interest in future nurse apprentice programmes, along with Healthcare Assistant and other non-clinical positions, within our 40 private hospitals across the UK.

Applications for the 2021 Spire Healthcare and Sunderland University Nurse Apprentice programme are now closed, but you can still register your interest in future nurse apprentice programmes, along with Healthcare Assistant and other non-clinical positions, within our 40 private hospitals across the UK.

Why choose a Spire Nursing Apprenticeship programme?

Spire Healthcare is one of the biggest private Healthcare Providers in the UK; with 40 hospitals in our group, we offer a range of services to both privately insured, self-pay and NHS patients. We are extremely proud of the progress we have made over recent years as we deliver our Purpose – Making a positive difference to our patients’ lives through outstanding personalised care. Our passion for providing high quality, safe care is integral to everything we do and is reflected in our excellent CQC ratings across England, with 90% of our hospitals having achieved Good or Outstanding.

Supported by Health Education England, Spire Healthcare and The University of Sunderland have designed an exciting programme which will launch our new Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship programme. Applications open in April, with a view to the first cohort taking up post in July 2021.

Our Registered Nursing Degree Apprenticeship programme offers you a great opportunity to gain practical work experience while working alongside experienced clinicians in our friendly hospitals, to build your clinical skills and expertise. You will be fully supported professionally and academically to achieve your Nursing Degree, alongside earning a competitive salary, complimented with an excellent benefits package that you would expect from a leading employer.

Being a part of the Spire family means you will work within a supportive and collaborative team and a professional, caring and values-driven organisation where your flair and ambition can flourish. Here at Spire your career goals and aspirations can become reality. You will work alongside and learn from our experienced Registered Practitioners, Clinical Educators, Senior Clinicians and your peers. And as a part of our learning community, you will continually learn and develop – building your skills and confidence along the way.

We aim to appoint up to 270 Nurse Apprentices from a diverse range of backgrounds; so, if this is your first job, you are looking to change your career pathway, or, have been inspired by recent events to look at the vital roles Nurses have played over recent times and seek to ‘put something back into society’ – then joining us at Spire Healthcare to become a Registered Nurse Apprentice, is a move you won’t regret! 

Be inspired to learn, earn and build an exceptional and fulfilling future with Spire Healthcare.

Who can apply to be an apprentice?

Whether you are already employed, seek to change your career direction or are leaving education, as long as you are a UK resident aged 18 or above, you can apply. However, we can only place you in our English based hospitals.

There is no upper age limit, and no matter what your background, we can support you to enhance your skills in Nursing.  

How much will I earn?

We offer a competitive starting salary between £18,000 - £21,000 per annum depending on your experience. Spire Healthcare offer annual pay reviews and you will also enjoy benefits including:

  • 35 days annual leave (including bank holidays)
  • Pension
  • Private medical insurance
  • Life assurance and more  

Once qualified as a Registered Adult Nurse, you can expect a starting salary of around £25,000 per annum plus benefits (based on a graduate Nurse Salary in 2021), which is one of the highest graduate entry starting salaries in the UK.

How long is my apprenticeship?

This will depend on your previous qualifications and experience. The course can last from anything between two to five years. For example, if you are a Healthcare Assistant with a level 3 qualification, you will join the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship programme for four years. If you are changing direction in your career, or are leaving education, you are likely to be on the programme for five years. Alternatively, if you are a Nurse Associate joining the programme, you will enjoy training over a two-year period.

What qualification will I gain?

Upon completion, you will be awarded a BSc in Adult Nursing practice and will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Spire Healthcare is one of the country’s leading independent healthcare providers, dedicated to delivering sector leading, patient-focused and high quality care. We are committed to your continued professional development and so, once qualified, you will have a range of other development opportunities which ultimately will provide you with options on how you can further develop your career with us.

How is the training delivered?

The apprenticeship is a work-based qualification, this means that all of the training and assessment for your apprenticeship will be completed via distance learning or on-site at one of our hospitals. You will undertake placements at other locations local to your hospital, for example the local NHS Trust or a GP practice.

During your apprenticeship programme you will be continually supported by an Apprenticeship Education Supervisor in Practice (AESiP) with your practical and academic skills.

Nursing Apprenticeship testimonials

Hear from our latest nurse apprentices on how Spire Healthcare has helped them on their journey to becoming a nurse.

View testimonial videos.

Nursing Apprenticeship testimonials

Hear from our latest nurse apprentices on how Spire Healthcare has helped them on their journey to becoming a nurse.

View testimonial videos.

What support will I get?

Spire Healthcare will provide you with a full induction upon commencing your course based around our Well Led development framework.

You will be appointed an Apprenticeship Education Supervisor in Practice (AESiP) who will help you with your academic studies and support you to develop your clinical skills. Clinical Educators are also on site at most of our hospitals to help to develop you further. Additionally you will be allocated a Supervisor who will support you on a day to day basis.

Spire Healthcare are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive culture for all.

Our people are our difference, it’s their dedication, warmth and pursuit of excellence that sets Spire Healthcare apart. See all the support you will get and  the skills you will receive during your apprenticeship.

Apprenticeship details

What are the entry requirements? Where is it located? What happens at the end of the training?

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How to apply

Applications for the 2021 course are now closed, but you can still register your interest in future nurse apprentice programmes.

Register today

What’s it like to be a nurse?

Hear what some of our nurses say about the role:

Simone Bedford, (Principal Lecturer, University of Sunderland)

‘I knew I wanted to be a Nurse from a very early age, but it ended up being a second career for me and I have never looked back. People say nursing is rewarding, but what does that actually mean? It means that you can make a difference to someone’s life, to make them comfortable, to help them get better, to offer sound advice (and) to be there in their time of need.’


Linda Jones (Specialist Clinical Services Director, Spire Healthcare)

'Florence Nightingale popularised the idea of nursing being a vocation. She argued that “vocational duties require Nurses to care for all aspects of patients, especially the messy, dirty, non-technical bits. Not to do so is not to care or be a good Nurse.”

In nursing you really do get to care for your patients when they are at their most vulnerable time in life, when they need a smile, a listening ear, reassurance that it is ok, and most importantly, a need to feel safe. Each day I feel so fortunate to be a part of an individual’s care. Gaining someone’s trust is one of the biggest privileges you will ever encounter.

I took a leap of faith approximately 22 years ago and moved into the caring profession at Spire Healthcare as I wanted a change in direction and just knew I had so much more to offer others. Having a young child while balancing days, nights and weekend shifts was no mean feat but the reward was more than worth it. During my career I have developed an enormous sense of being and belonging to a team which I respect. A team upon which I can depend. A team where we all have the same purpose, and a team where we can reflect and learn from critical events as well as celebrating success. This team is called Spire Healthcare!

I started at Spire Healthcare as a Healthcare Assistant and commenced my training while continuing to work bank shifts in the evening and weekends. I was fully mentored and supported by the trained staff who supported me though my Nursing Degree. Spire has continued to encourage every step of my career development. Some of the reasons I remain committed and loyal to Spire Healthcare is because we put patient safety first, staff are invested in and listened to and there is encouragement to develop and grow.

You get back what you put in... the return on your investment is plentiful so seize every opportunity that you can!'


Michele Millard (Regional Clinical Services Director, Spire Healthcare)

'What can you expect as a Nurse? You will work weekends, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and probably your birthday. There will be days when you aren’t sure which way is up, but also days when you go home knowing you have made a real difference to someone’s life. You will have the privilege of being with people at the toughest time of their life and you will support them through this. You will know how much that means to them and you will become a more rounded person because of that. You will realise that mostly when people are angry they are just scared and that sitting, listening and holding their hands will stop the fear. And the angry person will just vanish to become the person that just needs support.

You will be challenged and sometimes feel out of your depth, but you will always have your team. Your team will carry you on the days you can’t go on and you will carry them on their bad days. You will learn so much about yourself, and learn to do and be better. You will meet colleagues who will inspire you to be the very best Nurse you can be. You may have experiences that will make you cry, but I guarantee you will have more days when you laugh with your patients and colleagues.

I worked for the NHS for about eight years and became a ward sister before I joined the private sector. Spire have been great employers, giving me opportunities to grow and develop, challenging me to be a better Nurse and a better person. They have enabled me to help so many people in more ways than I ever imagined. The private sector offers a huge diversity of experience so can suit just about any person. If you have a passion for putting patients at the centre of what you do, they will help and encourage you to achieve this. Spire Healthcare will strive beside you to advance care, improve the patient's journey and develop yourself.

After 38 years of practice I still love my job, and go to work knowing that each day my work will make a difference to someone in a unique and personal way and for some people that help may change their life. Having that opportunity is priceless.