We offer a wide range of careers in adult nursing, children’s nursing, mental health nursing and learning disability nursing.
You will find opportunities across a number of specialties. Check out the sections below to find your ideal nursing job.
Cancer and specialist services
The division of cancer and specialist medicine incorporates the following specialities:
- nephrology and transplant
- specialist palliative care
We promote a culture of openness, learning and development of our nursing workforce. This ensures professionalism across all areas and encourages new innovative specialist nursing roles.
Children's community services
Children’s community services provide a range of services for children and their families. They provide a universal service – through health visiting and school nursing – to all children aged up to 18 years. They also provide a more targeted service to those in greater need, such as children with complex health needs or children who are looked after.
The Children’s Hospital is the only hospital in Northern Ireland dedicated specifically to the care of children. It provides general hospital care for children living in Belfast and most of the paediatric regional specialities for children throughout Northern Ireland.
This is an exciting time for us as we are currently planning our new flagship Children’s Hospital, which is due to be completed in 2023. We provide many educational opportunities to help you develop in your role and become a clinical leader.
Community health nursing
Community health nurses play a crucial role in caring for patients in their own homes. They work within multi-disciplinary teams and the wider primary healthcare team. The patients have a variety of conditions and the care they require may be acute, complex or end of life.
It is an exciting place to work as there are many opportunities within the service for career development.
Critical care and major trauma
The major trauma centre in the Royal Victoria Hospital is opening a new eight bed major trauma ward. Nursing staff working on this ward will form part of a dynamic multi-professional team involving the following specialities:
- trauma and orthopaedics
- general surgery
- cardiothoracic surgery
- vascular surgery
- acute rehabilitation
The critical care service provides an opportunity for a registered nurse to work within three critical care units:
- The Regional Intensive Care Unit (RICU) based on the Royal Hospitals site, which includes specialities such as neurosurgery and burns.
- The Intensive Care Unit / High Dependency Unit at Belfast City Hospital, which provides a regional service for haematology, oncology and upper gastrointestinal tract surgery patients.
- The Intensive Care Unit at the Mater Hospital, which provides a regional service for hepatobiliary patients.
Learning disability services
We provide a range of regional services for children and adults with an intellectual disability. The services promote multi-professional teamwork and offer opportunities for new registrants and those developing their careers.
Maternity, dental, ENT and sexual health services
The maternity, dental, ENT and sexual health (MDES) division is a diverse and innovative clinical area that spans across the Royal Hospitals, Belfast City Hospital, Mater Hospital and community sites. There are many educational opportunities for career development in this area.
The maternity service also includes the regional neonatal intensive care facility on the Royal Hospitals site.
ENT (ear, nose and throat) is largely based on the Royal Hospitals site and includes both adult and paediatric services.
Sexual health services include:
- family planning
- genito-urinary medicine (GUM)
- regional fertility services
Mental health services
There are a variety of opportunities within mental health services, both in wards and community teams. Our services are built on promoting recovery and person-centred care.
A new Acute Mental Health Inpatient Centre (AMHIC) opened on the Belfast City Hospital site in 2019. We also have the regional Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) and our Knockbracken site houses the regional medium secure unit and recovery wards.
There are a range of community mental health teams, including primary, recovery and acute. We look forward to discussing the opportunities with you.
Older people’s services
Older people’s services incorporates:
- acute older people’s care
- stroke services
- rehabilitation services
- psychiatry of old age
This is an exciting time to work in these innovative areas, which offer opportunities for nurses to lead the way in modernising services. The growing demands on older people’s services mean there has never been a better time to be part of our team.
The surgical division is an exciting and innovative place to work. We provide regional cardiothoracic, vascular, urology and hepatobiliary services to patients from across Northern Ireland.
We provide surgical services for patients admitted acutely through the Emergency Surgical Unit on the Royal Victoria Hospital site and electively through the Belfast City and Mater Hospital sites.
We have a diverse ophthalmology service delivered in both hospital and community settings, treating patients with leading-edge, sight-saving interventions.
Our outpatients’ services are provided across the three acute hospital sites, supporting a wide variety of specialities.
Theatres and anaesthetics
We have exciting opportunities for staff to join our perioperative teams in 49 theatres across four hospital sites. These teams cover a wide range of surgical specialities. You also benefit from a comprehensive induction programme, supportive learning environment and promising career pathways.
Sasha Quinn – Band 2, Nursing Assistant Level 3 theatres
Luke Hoy – Band 5, Staff Nurse theatres RBHSC Joanne Stevenson B6 Deputy Sister Level 3 theatres, RVH
Trauma and orthopaedics
Trauma, orthopaedics and rehabilitation is a dynamic and innovative clinical division that spans across two Trust sites. Our trauma and orthopaedics service incorporates the Regional Spinal Care Unit and provides care for fracture patients on the Royal Hospitals site. Planned orthopaedic surgery is managed in the Withers complex at Musgrave Park Hospital.
The Musgrave Park site also houses the:
- Regional Acquired Brain Injury Unit (RABIU)
- Spinal Cord Injury Unit (SCIU)
- Amputee Rehabilitation Unit (ARU)
- Neurology Unit
Services within unscheduled care include:
- emergency care
- acute medical emergencies
- intensive care
- theatre services
Unscheduled care is health and / or social care that is urgent, with the need to take action at the time of contact with services. These services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.