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Make Everyday Different.....Make a Difference Everyday


Here at Surrey and Borders we recognise that people are our most important asset and we support staff throughout their careers to achieve their ambitions.

We are closely linked with the University of Surrey and deliver an exceptional placement programme. Our flexible rotation system provides the opportunity to experience different disciplines and gain valuable experience before deciding which route to take. Our approach is underpinned by our clinical strategy and we encourage people to access further education and actively manage their career development.

Hear from our Inspirational Team - a Career at Surrey and Borders could take you to interesting places.


Jo Lynch - Associate Director of Peoples Experience and Head of Nursing

"I started in our organisation as a ‘Nursing Assistant’ over 20 years ago. This inspired me to train to become a mental health nurse and to come back and nurse in the Trust. I have cared for and supported people as a nurse in our inpatient services, in our community teams, developed new services moving with the changing times and been involved and led many projects. It is the relationships I have been fortunate to develop in our organisation that keep me excited and enable me to work well with others to make a difference to people, their families and carers.

Our Trust is committed to career planning - I have had some wonderfully kind advice and support over the years that I have used to make the next move and progress through the years from Nursing Assistant to Associate Director level."

Jo Young - Former Chief Nursing Officer

"I still remember the day I qualified; I was so excited and proud to become a registered nurse. At the time I knew this would open up possibilities for my career  and for my ambition to improve the quality of life for vulnerable people -the opportunities and options have been amazingly diverse and rich.

For me some of the highlights include varied and enriching roles, a Master in Applied Psychology, a BA (Hons) Business, Kings Fund Top Managers Programme and becoming Chief Nurse. I love being a nurse and hope you will love being a nurse too here at Surrey and Borders"


Our Flexible Rotation Programme

There are many different opportunities within nursing and sometimes it is difficult to know which area is going to be most appealing.

At Surrey and Borders we offer a rotational programme that provides the opportunity to experience different disciplines and gain valuable experience before deciding which route to take.

Our 18 month rotation scheme allows you to experience working for six months in three different areas of mental health: inpatient, community and specialist services. You will work towards achieving a set of placement specific competencies and a leadership standard which will help you to stand out from the crowd when applying for band 6 posts.

Rotational Development

The rotation programme provides a support framework, skills development and learning sets in areas such as revalidation, human factors, career development and building resilience.

We offer rotational places in the following areas:

AREA 1 - 0-6 months

  • Inpatient wards (working age adults and older people's ward - functional and dementia)
  • Working age adult Home Treatment Teams (HTT)

AREA 2 - 6 -12 months

  • Community Forensic Service
  • Community Mental Health Recovery Service (CMHRS)
  • Community Mental Health Team Older People (CMHT OP)
  • Clinical Risk and Safety Team


AREA 3 - 12 -18 months

  • Acute Psychiatric Liaison Services
  • Criminal Justice Liaison and Diversion Service
  • Hope Day Service (Children and Young People)
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Community Teams
  • Eating Disorder Service


Your Career Development

Surrey and Borders is a great place to start your career as a nurse. As our services are so diverse we offer the opportunity to get solid experience in an environment that supports development.
Our approach is underpinned by our clinical strategy that helps remind us to connect with people, their families and our community at all times. You will have the opportunity to join our strong preceptorship programme to consolidate your skills as you transition from student to qualified nurse.
The opportunties for development are person centred and you will have the chance to access further education and be involved in learning sets with your peers, to have time to think, reflect and push you to explore how you will continuously strive for excellence in the way you support and care for people, their families and carers.
Each of our five directorates areas has a vastly experienced Consultant Nurse who is on hand to drive forward the nursing agenda  in our multidisciplinary teams. We are always looking for our next generation of nurse leaders so we offer leadership programmes and individual coaching to help you build your career path whilst delivering excellent nursing care.


Our Success Stories

Sam Gooniah

"I have been afforded great opportunities to develop as a nurse working with people in a mental health crisis and their carers in the community or in the wards". Hear more about Sam's Career Journey within the Trust.

India Ray

India joined oIut trust as a Band 5 Staff Nurse three years ago, following NHSP shifts with the Trust as a student nurse. Hear more about India's career progression within the Trust