Nursing in Gloucestershire

Helping you remember why you became a nurse

We have a number of exciting nursing roles available at the Trust, at one of our seven community hospitals and within our integrated community teams.

In both environments, you will be at the heart of the community playing a pivotal role in ensuring our service users get the treatment they need as close to home as possible.  Working in the community enables you to build a real relationship with your service users, their carers and families, and can be incredibly rewarding.

We also have a variety of specialist nurses who support service users with particular conditions. You can find out more about our specialist services here.

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Here is what some of our nurses have said about their experiences of being a community nurse in Gloucestershire:

  • “As a community nurse you are an autonomous professional, responsible for decision making with patients and making a real difference in people’s lives.’’

  • “You get to forge a better relationship with a patient and their family which I think means you can nurse them better.”

  •  “You can provide holistic care which is really focused on the individual person within their own home.”

  • when I qualified community nursing was not seen as the appropriate career choice to make, hospital experience was preferred.  I have proved this not to be the case.’’

  • “Many people don’t realise we are at the cutting edge. We are using very new technologies and techniques and we’re dealing with a huge variety of patients with a huge variety of conditions which need looking after. You don’t know what one day or the next is going to be like, it really is incredibly varied and rewarding.”

  • "When a family drops you a note to say 'thank you for looking after my mum' or when we really make a difference to a patient, that's when it counts. It means so much."

Read more about what it is like to work in Stroud General Hospital below: 

"I would strongly encourage anyone considering working in a community hospital"

From Ward Sister, Stroud General Hospital:  

"I have been a member of staff in Stroud General Hospital now for almost three years. I had been a staff nurse on the ward before gaining my Band 6 role a year ago. Having had fantastic support in my transition to Ward Sister, I would strongly advise anyone looking for a position within a community hospital to develop their role. I was given a two weeks supernumerary period with a well-structured daily plan to help me transition from a band 5 to a band 6. I had excellent support from the other ward sisters, my senior sister and matron, and felt ready to take on my position at the end of these two weeks. 

I would strongly encourage anyone considering working in this community hospital. I feel they have a reputation as a sleepy ‘cottage hospital’ but this is simply not the case. The nurses are the clinical leads for the patients, leading the Multidisciplinary discussion. We have Doctor cover for the wards in office times, and access to Out Of Hours service and Rapid Response, but the wards are nurse led. I feel our nurses are highly skilled, all working towards their cannulation and venepuncture competencies. Due to the Doctor cover being in office hours, when medical emergencies happen out of these times, our nurses are able to think on their feet and co-ordinate the treatment. Over the hospital and across both in patient wards we work as part of a team and help each other where we can. 

We have a wide range of professionals working within our multidisciplinary team, including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers and the community mental health team. This wider input ensures the patient is the focus of our efforts in a holistic way. I love being part of the team here at Stroud." 

"Community based nursing allows for a more holistic approach to care "

From Staff Nurse Mat, Stroud General Hospital: 

"I am really glad I made the choice to join the Stroud General Hospital team.  As the Nursing and Midwifery Code states, it is a requirement of all nurses to be able to work autonomously and community care environments are the best place to develop these skills.  We are a sub-acute general medical ward that is providing more complex services and treatments.  There is not always a doctor on the ward which means that rigorous nursing assessments and effective interventions are crucial.  Community based nursing also allows for a more holistic approach to nursing care as we have the opportunity to really get involved in discharge plans that take into consideration all aspects of my patients' lives.

The six month preceptorship programme has prepared me for my first months as a qualified nurse. The transition period can be a very daunting and anxious time but during preceptorship we are giving the foundation skills, support and information on which to build on during practice.  We also have the opportunity to hear stories from other newly qualified nurses which is comforting to know that other people feel the same as I do." 

"Students says that they receive more training at Stroud than at any other placement"

 From the Training and Development Facilitator, Stroud General Hospital:  

"I am extremely happy in my role as Training and Development Facilitator because it means I work with staff every day to support them in their role and to help them to maintain and increase their knowledge and skills.

For new members of staff and newly qualified Registered Nurses, we have created a robust induction and training programme to ease them into their role by ensuring training, education and skill sets are completed in a timely manner.  

During the first 10 shifts in the new role, staff follow a personalised and appropriate timetable (lead by the Training and Development Sister), which includes introductions to the ward, the multidisciplinary team and ensures that important initial training is completed. 

Also, in the first year, staff follow a programme to ensure that all skill sets are completed in an organised way to promote competence and confidence. This is supported by three monthly meetings with the Training and Development Sister. Colleagues also follow an excellent six month Preceptorship programme, which newly qualified members of staff have found invaluable. 

I'm excited about the successful in house training that happens every Monday and Wednesday afternoons. The topics covered are wide and varied and always thoroughly enjoyed by the staff.  A chance to be away from the ward for 90 mins allows important time to learn and reflect on one’s practice.  I issue a certificate which can be used as evidence of Face to Face training for your revalidation.

We are proud to say that at Stroud General Hospital all of our Health Care Assistants have completed the Care Certificate qualification.

We are keen to develop our hospital to be Dementia Friendly, and a colleague and I have delivered many Dementia Awareness Training sessions and have trained over 100 members of staff.

We are excited that we are a pilot site for the new Trainee Nursing Associate Role and as the Training and Development Facilitator, I support these students.

Student Nurses from UWE and Oxford Brooks feedback that they have not received as much training in any of their other placements as they have in Stroud General Hospital."


If you are interested in joining one of our community teams, in a hospital or out in the community, please see our current community nursing vacancies on the right hand column.

To find out more about roles, contact us at or call 0300 421 6490.

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