Nursing Times Careers Live - Leeds 2018

Nursing Times Careers Live Leeds on the 16 June brought the 1940s NHS spirit to life with lots of cake, bunting, lindy hop dance and inspirational speakers with amazing stories that highlight how rewarding a career in nursing can be.


Rebecca Smith from NHS Employers started the day with top tips for preparing for interview. She explained how getting your blood pumping before an interview will help focus and manage your nervous energy. The perfect advice ahead of a busy day of activities including our lindy hop dance lessons at lunch.


Following this was a session from Devon Partnership NHS Trust about the benefits of working in such a beautiful part of the country, here is what our immediate past editor had to say:

“It was fantastic to once again host a sea of green at our Nursing Times Careers Live event in Leeds this weekend. Devon Partnership Trust attend our events en masse and with huge amounts of energy and gusto. It’s clear that they are proud of where they live and work, and that enthusiasm is infectious as they sign up quite a few new recruits every time they exhibit at our career development events. They’re a great crowd of nurses, and I am always pleased to host them at our events.”

Jenni Middleton, immediate past editor, Nursing Times


Lunch saw us get into the swing of our big vintage NHS 7tea party with Swing Dance Leeds offering a taster session in lindy hop dance, Le Keux Vintage Salon offering free makeovers to complete the vintage look and our exhibitors kindly donating cakes to bring our very British street party to life.


Unfortunately, Jackie Smith, outgoing chief executive of the NMC could no longer be with us but we were fortunate to hear the career advice from three inspirational people at different stages of their career, as part of the afternoon programme. Session highlights include, Olivia Lindsay-Gould, who demonstrated incredible resilience to complete her nursing studies despite losing her sister to terminal cancer and provided valuable advice to our student nurses that attended. Anne Cooper, former chief nurse for NHS Digital, highlighted how you can progress through the ranks and quite literally create your own job role with the right enthusiasm, determination and confidence to knock on the doors of your directors and managers. Finally, we were very lucky to have Betty Smithson, a former assistant director of nurse education who began her training at the beginning of the NHS back in 1948. She shared some fascinating stories of nurse training through the decades and received a standing ovation for her 60 years of service to the NHS.


To close the event, we sent visitors away with a drink and a skip in their step to the tunes of our band, Atomic Swing, part of our closing drinks reception to celebrate 70 years of nursing within the NHS.

All of this and more will be available at the London event on 30 June, so make sure to register for a free ticket to attend.