Career Development

Career Development & Learning

Your first few days set the tone for things to come. That's why we put so much effort into giving people a warm welcome to their career with us.

No matter which area of the business you join, you’ll receive an induction that will help you settle into your team, give you a feel for what your role will involve and leave you feeling passionate, inspired and excited about your career with us.

BMI Healthcare's training programmes

To support all employees to develop their skills, knowledge and behaviours including working towards relevant, valuable qualifications we launched a suite of national training programmes that have been designed to develop core skills and behaviours in key areas including management, nursing and customer service.

These are complemented by locally available courses to meet specific individual needs. Find out more about some of the Clinical Training available to our employees:

Scrub competences
These scrub competences enable qualified staff to join the theatre team and ensure flexibility of roles through competent practice.

These competences are completed within the hospitals through a practical assessment log book and mentor support.

The programme provides evidence that the participant has met standards towards competence in practice as a scrub practitioner.
The competences designed are matched with those by Skills for Health. By the end of the sign off of competence, participants will have gained skills as a Scrub Practitioner in a variety of clinical procedures including orthopaedics, general surgery and gynaecology.

The programme is suitable for newly qualified RNs, Theatre Practitioners, and experienced practitioners seeking to learn a new speciality.

The maximum duration of the programme is 5 months dependent on the experience of the candidate. The competences designed are matched with those by Skills for Health.

Recovery competences
These recovery competences enable qualified staff to join the Theatre Team and ensure flexibility of roles through competent practice.

These competences are completed within the hospitals through a practical assessment log book and mentor support.

The programme provides evidence that the participant has met standards towards competence in practice as a Recovery Practitioner.
The competences designed are matched with those by Skills for Health. By the end of the programme, participants will have gained skills as a Recovery Practitioner.

The competences are suitable for newly qualified RNs, Theatre Practitioners, and experienced practitioners seeking to learn a new speciality.

The maximum duration of the competence sign off is 5 months dependent on the experience of the candidate.
Successful sign off of competences provides evidence that the participant has met standards towards competence in practice as a Recovery Practitioner to deliver immediate post operative recovery care.

The competences are suitable for newly qualified RNs, Theatre Practitioners, and experienced Practitioners seeking to learn a new speciality.

The competences designed are matched with those by Skills for Health.


Foundation programme
The programme consists of four classroom days and mentor supported, practical workplace assessments to ensure that participants will have the confidence and ability to deliver basic patient care.

No prior experience in acute health care is required to join the foundation programme.

The practical assessments include admission and discharge of patients, blood glucose testing, anatomy and physiology of the skin in identifying and preventing pressure ulcers, communication skills, personal hygiene, fluids and hydration, elimination, measuring and recording vital signs, documentation and record-keeping, care of the terminally ill patient, pain recognition and assessment, collecting specimens and catheter care, removal of a venflon, urinalysis, nutrition and feeding and escorting patients to theatre.

The duration of the programme is 12 weeks in total, of which there are four classroom study days. Qualified trainers deliver the theoretical and practical components of the programme at a regional site.
A qualified mentor is assigned to each HCA at the start of the programme to guide and support them through the programme and carry out their final assessments to ensure competency.

The programme is supplemented by e-learning modules to include basic life support, infection control, moving, handling and mobilising patients. By the end of the programme, participants will have the confidence and ability to work within the ward environment, in delivering safe care to their patients.

Advanced level training
This suite of competences are suitable to the Healthcare Assistant who has completed the ward foundation level programme and wishes to extend their scope of clinical practice and competence in order to meet local patient needs and business demand.
Ward managers select the relevant competences together with the Healthcare Assistant.

These comprise of: Venepuncture, removal of clips, removal of sutures, performing a simple wound dressing, recognising and assessing the deteriorating patient with acute illness management training.

In order to gather underpinning knowledge the Health Care Assistant attends a theory session comprising of practical demonstrations followed by competence sign off with the support of an allocated mentor.

This 12-week Theatre Foundation course has four classroom days and follows a similar format to the Ward Foundation HCA programme.
No prior experience in acute health care is required to join the theatre foundation programme.
By the end of the programme, participants will have the confidence and ability to work within the theatre environment.
In addition they will have gained specialised knowledge and expertise in the general layout, function and preparation of operating theatres; documentation and record-keeping; communication skills, escorting patients to the operating theatre, the circulating role; swab, needle, blade and instrument count; specimen collection; collection and checking of patients; positioning patients for surgery; surgical procedures; sutures; electro- surgery, pneumatic tourniquet; X-ray use in theatre; management of clinical waste; decontamination and sterilisation; use of lasers in theatre; moving, handling and positioning patients, infection control and latex sensitivity.
This 12-week Theatre Foundation course has four classroom days and follows a similar format to the Ward Foundation HCA programme.,

No prior experience in acute health care is required to join the theatre foundation programme.

By the end of the programme, participants will have the confidence and ability to work within the theatre environment.

In addition they will have gained specialised knowledge and expertise in the general layout, function and preparation of operating theatres; documentation and record-keeping; communication skills, escorting patients to the operating theatre, the circulating role; swab, needle, blade and instrument count; specimen collection; collection and checking of patients; positioning patients for surgery; surgical procedures; sutures; electro- surgery, pneumatic tourniquet; X-ray use in theatre; management of clinical waste; decontamination and sterilisation; use of lasers in theatre; moving, handling and positioning patients, infection control and latex sensitivity.
The 'Preceptorship at BMI' programme has been introduced to assist the newly qualified Registered Nurse/ Registered Practitioner in consolidating the theory they have learnt as a student with the practical skills they will require in the workplace.

This will ease transition from being in a student nurse role to becoming an experienced Registered Practitioner, furthermore ensuring development/enhancement of skills to become a confident, safe, competent, accountable practitioner.

“All newly-qualified nurses and midwives should receive a properly supported period of induction and Preceptorship when they begin their employment." (Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), 2002, p.11).

To support this statement the NMC states: “Preceptorship is about providing support and guidance enabling ‘new registrants’ to make the transition from student to accountable practitioner to practise in accordance with the NMC code of professional conduct…”

To facilitate this the ‘new registrant’ should have learning time protected in their first year of qualified practice; and have access to a Preceptor with whom regular meetings are held (Protecting the public through professional standards NMC Circular 21/2006).

The Preceptorship programme at BMI Healthcare consists of an orientation and induction to the clinical area, support in the clinical area, training opportunities and reviews with the Preceptor and completion is within 3-6 months.