Pay for Nursing and Healthcare Roles 2021 (2023)

With opportunities for further training and progression, you can achieve a generous salaryin nursing and healthcare, alongside a rewarding career.

Last updated: 21st December 2020

Content updated to show predicted nursing pay rates for 2021

With a growing demand for nurses, the Government is working to increase nursing numbers in the NHS by50,000 in the next 5 years.( August 2020)

Traditional routes into nursing involved studying at university for a four-year degree, but this isnow just one of many options in starting your nursing career. Nursing has become much moreaccessible to people from all different walks of life, and if you are looking for a career change,there has never been a better time.

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Healthcare salary - Information retrieved from National CareersService August 2020

Applications to study nursing in the UK are on the rise, with a 6% increase compared with the lastacademic year, latest official figures reveal. Data from the Universities and Colleges AdmissionsService (UCAS) released showed that 45,430 people had applied to a nurse degree by the 2020 Januarydeadline. (NursingTimes August 2020)

We have put together a helpful guide on the different ways to get into nursing and healthcare, andhow you can begin a rewarding career.

1. Healthcare assistants (HCAs) and assistant practitioners(APs) role and pay

There are no specific national requirements for becoming an HCA. You simply need to be passionateabout working with people and be caring and compassionate to apply for a job as one. Althoughit’s advised to get some work experience first, so you know what it is like to work inhealthcare before you take the plunge. Once you have been accepted, your employer will provide thetraining you need.

2021 salary expectations for healthcare assistants

For a healthcare assistant, you can expect a starting salary of £18,005 a year rising to£24,907 a year once more experienced.

Further training and career progression

With training, you could become an assistant practitioner in chiropody or podiatry, occupationaltherapy, radiography or train to work in physiotherapy.

Assistant practitioners are a growing part of the healthcare workforce. Sometimes known as associatepractitioners, they take on more responsibilities than Healthcare Assistants, under the delegationof registered colleagues in a range of different settings.

As an assistant practitioner, you could also apply to train as a nurse, radiographer, dietitian,midwife or social worker.

2. Nursing associate role and pay

The role of nursing associate sits alongside existing nursing care support workers and fullyqualified registered nurses in both health and social care.

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A nursing associate will be trained and able to perform more complex and significant tasks than ahealthcare assistant but will not have the same full scope of practice as a graduate registerednurse.

Nursing associates can carry out some of the tasks currently performed by graduate registered nurses,but they will not be a substitute for graduate registered nurses. The introduction of nursingassociates should free up registered nurses’ time so they can concentrate on more complextasks.

It opens up a career in nursing to people from all backgrounds and offers the opportunity to carryout further training to become a registered nurse. Trainee roles are often available in a variety ofhealth and care settings. This means that nursing associates have wider opportunities and moreflexibility to move between acute, social and community and primary care.

2021 salary expectations for nursing associates

For a nursing associate, you can expect a starting salary of £18,005 a year rising to£24,157 a year once more experienced.

Further training and career progression

A nursing associate will work and study towards a level 5 qualification. Qualified nursing associateswill be required to work to a nationally recognised code of conduct. A nursing associate is not aregistered nurse, but with further training, it can be possible to 'top-up' your training tobecome one. You can train to become a registered nurse by completing a shortened nursingdegree or a nursing degree apprenticeship.

3. Nursing degree apprenticeships role and pay

Nursing apprenticeships have been developed to boost existing healthcare support workers (HCSWs) andAssistant Practitioners into nursing roles.

Nursing degree apprenticeships offer flexible routes to becoming a nurse that does not requirefull-time study at university, although nursing degree apprentices will still need to undertakeacademic study at degree level and meet the standards set out by the NMC.

You will need to secure a position as a nursing degree apprentice and your employer will then releaseyou to study at university on a part-time basis. You will train in a range of practice placementsettings.

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Most nursing degree apprenticeships will take four years. If you already have prior learning andexperience, you may get some recognition of this through APEL and so the nursing degreeapprenticeship may take you less than four years to complete.

Offered as a Level 6-degree apprenticeship, you'll obtain a bachelor’s degree and fullRegistered Nurse status on completion of a nursing apprenticeship.

Not only will your tuition fees be covered, but you'll also be treated as an employee and paid awage for the duration of your course.

2021 salary expectations for apprentice nurses

The current minimum wage rate for an apprentice is £4.15 per hour.

Further training and career progression

You can train to become a fully qualified registered nurse by completing the nursing degreeapprenticeship. Once you have gained more experience, you can carry out further training tospecialise in a specific area of nursing.

4. Graduate entry nursing role and pay

If you already have an undergraduate degree, this two-year course could give you the skills andknowledge needed for a modern nursing career. Previous experience in a healthcare setting and aminimum of a 2:2 degree is required for entry, although a 2:1 is preferred.

You will be prepared to work within the NHS, private healthcare or within the voluntary andindependent sector. You may also choose to pursue a career in teaching, research or management.

2021 salary expectations for a graduate nurse

You can expect to start at £24,907 rising to £37,890 when more experienced.

5. Full-time nursing degree role and pay

You can complete a four-year nursing degree at University to become a fully qualified nurse. You mustalso be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). You will need to choose which ofthe four nursing specialisms (adult, children, mental health, or learning disability) you’dlike to study. Nursing requires a high level of technical competence and clinical decision-makingskills. To develop these, you'll spend half of your nursing degree on supervised placements inlocal hospital and community settings.[4]

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Information retrieved from August 2020

2021 salary expectations for a qualified nurse

Once fully qualified, you can expect a starting salary of £24,907 rising to £37,890 whenmore experienced.

NHS Pay Bands for 2021 explained

You will often see the salary for various nursing roles explained in bands. The pay band you are puton to depends on how many years’ experience you have and at what level in nursing you are at.For example, a newly qualified nurse will start on band 5, which is £24,907 a year and will goup in increments for years of service and/or experience they have achieved.[5]

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NHS Pay Scales - Information retrieved from NHSEmployers August 2020

6. Roles in nursing

When you start your journey into nursing, you will be required to go into one of four specialisms.Adult nursing, children’s nursing, mental health nurse, or learning disability nursing. Whenyou first go out on placement, you’ll often find you’ll get to experience a wide rangeof settings, which will give you a good indicator into which area of nursing you prefer.

Adult nurse role and pay

From the start of your training and into your first job, you will learn how to observe patients andassess their needs. You’ll learn to plan and deliver the most appropriate care for them, andevaluate the results.

Your nursing career will mean working with adults of all ages. They may suffer from one or more longor short-term physical health conditions. This could include heart disease, injuries from anaccident, pneumonia, arthritis, diabetes or cancer.

Building a trusting relationship with each patient is essential. You aim to improve yourpatients’ quality of life, whatever their situation. You’ll need to take lots of factorsinto account and juggle many priorities to get the best possible results for your patients.

You aim to improve your patients’ quality of life, whatever their situation.

Where will I work as an adult nurse?

You might be working in:

  • hospital wards, outpatient units or specialist departments
  • the community eg patient’s home, a clinic, GP surgery, walk-in centres or nursing homes.
  • the prison service
  • the police
  • the voluntary or private sector

Adult nurses are a key part of the multidisciplinary teams that look after patients. You will be atthe centre of teams that can include occupational therapists, pharmacists, radiographers andhealthcare assistants. You will also work closely with patients' families and carers.

Children's nurse role and pay

Nursing a child is not just a question of caring for a small adult. Children have very specifichealth needs and you need to understand how a healthy child develops towards adulthood to minimisethe impact of illness. This involves working in closely with the parents or guardians.

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Communication is also a factor when treating children. Adults can express their feelings and canidentify the severity and nature of pain. A child may not be able to communicate this in such detailand the nurse needs to interpret the child’s behaviour and reactions. Children's nursesneed to be able to spot when a child's health takes a turn for the worse, which can often happenrapidly.

Where will I work as a children's nurse?

A child’s care can take place in a range of settings:

  • hospitals
  • daycare centres
  • child health clinics
  • child's home

Across all fields of nursing, more care is being delivered in the community.

Children's nurses are part of multidisciplinary teams that look after patients. You will be atthe centre of teams that include doctors, hospital play staff, healthcare assistants, newbornhearing screeners, psychologists and social workers.

2021 salary expectations for a children's nurse

You can expect a starting salary of £24,907 rising to £37,890 when more experienced.

Mental health nurse role and pay

Your role will be to build effective relationships with people who use your services, and also withtheir relatives and carers. You might help one person to take their medication correctly whileadvising another about relevant therapies or social activities.

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Success comes from being able to establish trusting relationships quickly, to help individualsunderstand their situation and get the best possible outcome. You will be trained about the legalcontext of your work and be able to identify whether and when someone may be at risk of harmingthemselves or someone else.

Helping people back to mental health is every bit as valuable and satisfying as caring for those witha physical illness.

Where will you work as a mental health nurse?

Mental health nurses are usually based in hospitals or the community, as this is where most of themental healthcare is offered. If you work in a residential setting, you may do shifts and provide24-hour care.

Within a hospital you might work in a:

  • psychiatric intensive care unit
  • psychiatric ward
  • outpatients unit
  • specialist unit dealing with eating disorders.

In the community you could work at a:

  • GP surgery
  • prison
  • community health care centre
  • residential centre
  • patients’ own homes.

You would work as part of a team which includes general practitioners, psychologists, social workers,psychiatrists, occupational therapists, arts therapists and healthcare assistants.

2021 salary expectations for a mental health nurse

You can expect a starting salary of £24,907 rising to £44,503 when more experienced.

Learning disability nurse role and pay

Children identified as having a learning disability are living longer, more fulfilled lives intoadolescence, adulthood and older age. Learning disability nurses play a vital role in working acrossthe whole life span in both health and care settings.

The main areas of your role as a learning disability nurse involve:

  • improving or maintaining a person’s physical and mental health
  • reducing barriers to them living an independent life
  • supporting the person in living a fulfilling life

Learning disability nurses may also help people to learn the skills needed to find work. This can besignificant in helping them to lead a more independent and healthy life where they can relate toothers on equal terms.

Where will you work as a learning disability nurse?

You will be supporting people of all ages with learning disabilities in a range of settings,including:

  • people's homes
  • education
  • workplaces
  • residential and community centres
  • hospitals
  • mental health settings
  • prisons

You may work shifts to provide 24-hour care. You’ll work as part of a team including GPs,psychologists, social workers, teachers, general practitioners, occupational therapists, speech andlanguage therapists and healthcare assistants.

2021 salary expectations for learning disability nurses

You can expect a starting salary of £24,907 rising to £37,890 when more experienced.

Career progression

With experience in nursing, you could then go onto specialise in a field such as intensive care oroperating theatre work or become a nursing sister, ward manager or team leader.

You could train as a midwife, neonatal nurse, health visitor, or district or practice nurse. Youcould also move into management, as a matron or director of nursing.

With a postgraduate qualification, you could become an advanced nurse practitioner or clinical nursespecialist, then a nurse consultant. There are opportunities to go into teaching and research.

7. Nursing specialisms

Once you have gained more experience in your nursing role, you can then go onto to further trainingto work in specialist areas.

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District nurse role and pay

District nurses make a difference every day to the lives of the people they visit at home and inresidential care homes. They provide increasingly complex care for patients and support for familymembers.

Your patients could be any age, but they will often be elderly, while others may have been recentlydischarged from hospital, be terminally ill or have physical disabilities.

You will be visiting patients every day or more than once a day, offering help, advice and support.You may work on your own or with other groups, such as social services, voluntary agencies and otherNHS organisations and help to provide and co-ordinate a wide range of care services.

As well as providing direct patient care, you will have a teaching and support role, working withpatients to enable them to care for themselves or with family members teaching them how to give careto their relatives. You will also be accountable for your patient caseloads.

You will play a vital role in keeping hospital admissions and re-admissions to a minimum and ensuringthat patients can return to their own homes as soon as possible.

2021 salary expectations for a district nurse

You can expect a starting salary of £31,365 rising to £44,503 when more experienced.

General practice nurse role and pay

Nurses are an important part of delivering care in general practice. An increasing shift of care fromhospitals to general practice provides nurses with an exciting career choice.

General practice nurses work in GP surgeries as part of the primary healthcare team, which mightinclude doctors, pharmacists and dietitians. In larger practices, you might be one of severalpractice nurses sharing duties and responsibilities. In others, you might be working on your own,taking on many roles.

2021 salary expectations for a general practice nurse

You can expect a starting salary of £24,907 rising to £44,503 when more experienced.

Neonatal nurse role and pay

Neonatal nurses care for newborn babies who are born premature or sick. A newborn baby can sufferfrom a range of conditions requiring treatment.

Premature babies have specific problems such as respiratory difficulties or nutritional needs thatcan be life-threatening. You will be a crucial part of the team that ensures that treatment is givenpromptly and appropriately by a team.

2021 salary expectations for a neonatal nurse

You can expect a starting salary of £24,907 rising to £44,503 when moreexperienced.

Prison nurse role and pay

Nurses working in prisons provide similar services to those who work in a GP practice, as well asintegrated mental health and substance misuse services.

You will work in a unique and diverse environment, often delivering many of the nurse-led servicesthat are provided in the wider community. Prison nurses provide holistic care across the wholepatient journey.

Working in a challenging, multi-faceted environment like a prison, you will deliver holistic andcompassionate care to a complex community with varying needs. The role offers versatility as youwill pick up additional skills to develop your knowledge and skills base.

Within prisons, there is a higher prevalence of mental health and substance misuse disorders. Thismay mean offering support to patients who are at greater risk to themselves or others than thoseseen in GP practices.

2021 salary expectations for a prison nurse

You can expect a starting salary of £27,761 rising to £64,350 when more experienced.

Theatre nurse role and pay

Theatre nurses work with patients of all ages and are involved in each phase of a person’soperation.

Perioperative care can be divided into four phases:

• Preoperative (pre-assessment)

• anaesthetics

• surgical phase

• recovery phase

Theatre nurses can also specialise in a specific area such of perioperative care or rotate throughthe areas. Rotation is more likely to happen in day surgery.

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Where will I work as a theatre nurse?

You will work primarily within hospital operating theatres and anaesthetic/recovery areas. You mayalso be involved with procedures on wards, clinics or in other specialist areas such as cardiaccatheterisation units. You will work as part of a large team that will include surgeons,anaesthetists, operating department practitioner (ODPs), theatre support workers and porters.

You may also work with healthcare scientists such as audiologists or cardiac physiologists whenfitting cochlear implants or pacemakers.

Entry requirements

You will need to be a registered adult, child, mental health or learning disability nurse to work asa theatre nurse. After a period of induction, you will undertake specialist training includingcourses to consolidate the specialist skills you will require to work in theatre.

2021 salary expectations for a theatre nurse

You can expect a starting salary of £24,907 rising to £37,890 when more experienced.

8. Midwifery role and pay

There is a shortage of midwives across the globe, making the demand for midwives more important thanever.

To become a midwife, you will need a degree in midwifery, which takes three years to complete. If youare already a registered adult nurse, you can undertake a shorter course instead, which takes 18months. When you qualify, you will be able to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC),allowing you to practice as a midwife.

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Maternity Support Worker

As a maternity support worker (MSW), you will work under the supervision of a registered midwife.They are sometimes also known as maternity healthcare support workers.

You'll be:

  • helping to care for mothers and babies
  • making routine observations (temperature, pulse, blood pressure, breathing, etc)
  • updating records and other admin tasks
  • educating parents one-to-one or in groups
  • taking blood samples for testing
  • ordering stationery and equipment
  • preparing equipment
  • promoting breastfeeding
  • reporting problems to a registered midwife or nurse

There are no set entry requirements. Employers expect a good standard of numeracy and literacy andmay ask for GCSEs or equivalent. They may ask for a qualification in health and social care, nurserynursing or childcare such as CACHE, NNEB, BTEC or NVQ.

Employers usually ask for experience of working with children and families. This can be either orpaid or voluntary work. There are often posts advertised for midwifery assistants and maternityhealthcare assistants. These could enable you to gain experience to apply for positions as an MSW.

You will get the training you need to do the job. This includes an introduction to the department,how to use the equipment and the procedures to follow.

You may be offered the chance to study for qualifications such as:

  1. the NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Healthcare Support Services
  2. the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Healthcare Support

With experience, you could become a senior support worker. You could apply for other jobs in thewider healthcare team or you could apply to train as an assistant practitioner, midwife or nurse

2021 salary expectations for working in midwifery

As a maternity support worker or assistant, you can expect a starting salary of £18,005 a year.

As a fully qualified midwife, you can expect a starting salary of £24,907 increasing to£44,503 with more experience.

9. NHS benefits

  • Enhanced pay for unsociable hours – between 30% and 60% above the standard rate for nightshifts, weekends and bank holidays
  • The NHS Pension Scheme remains one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK
  • 27 days’ holiday per year, plus bank holidays
  • Free access to occupational health and counselling support
  • Six months full pay and six months half pay for sick leave
  • Generous maternity and paternity leave (well above the statutory minimum)
  • Vast and varied access to training courses and professional development

NHS Benefits - Information retrieved from NHSJobs August 2020

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As part of the application process, you must submit your official college transcripts, a professional resume, a letter of intent, and two letters of recommendation.

What is a mistake you made interview question examples nursing? ›

By asking this question, an interviewer wants to find out if you are honest and willing to correct your mistakes. Example: "If I made a mistake with a patient's medication, I would first inform my supervisor. Then, I would tell the patient or their family.

How do you answer Tell me about a time you made a mistake example? ›

“Tell Me About A Time You Made A Mistake!” (The #1 BEST ANSWER!)

How do you answer Tell me about a time you failed example? ›

Example Answers to “Tell Me a Time When You Failed”

I was managing a project for one of our biggest clients in my previous company, and I was so eager to please them that I told them we could finish the project within 2 weeks. I thought this was doable, but it ended up taking three weeks and they were not happy.

What is your weakness best answer? ›

Answer “what is your greatest weakness” by choosing a skill that is not essential to the job you're applying to and by stressing exactly how you're practically addressing your weakness. Some skills that you can use as weaknesses include impatience, multitasking, self-criticism, and procrastination.

How can I introduce myself in nursing interview? ›

“TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF!” for Nursing Interviews ... - YouTube

What is your greatest failure nursing interview? ›

"What is your biggest failure, and what did you learn from it?" - Whatever you do, don't call attention to a truly major mistake. Rather, focus on a relatively minor but still significant mistake. Explain how dealing with the mistake helped to strengthen your abilities as a nurse.

How do you handle pressure at work? ›

Taking steps to manage stress
  1. Track your stressors. Keep a journal for a week or two to identify which situations create the most stress and how you respond to them. ...
  2. Develop healthy responses. ...
  3. Establish boundaries. ...
  4. Take time to recharge. ...
  5. Learn how to relax. ...
  6. Talk to your supervisor. ...
  7. Get some support.
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How do you deal with pressure or stressful situations? ›

2. Commit to a Positive Attitude
  1. Decide what you can do. Pinpoint which parts of the situation you have the power to change or influence for the better. ...
  2. Get support. Find someone to talk to about your situation. ...
  3. Care for yourself. Take especially good care of yourself when stress in your life is high.

What is your biggest failure interview question? ›

Choose a specific failure

Pick a real failure that happened in the workplace, specifically a failure related to the work you're doing now. Look for a story where something didn't go as planned. Choosing the right story is important, as you want to explain a situation where only one thing went wrong.

What is the most difficult situation you've faced sample answer? ›

For me the most difficult thing was to make a good connection with my supervisor. We weren't the same “blood group”, had different opinions on many important issues, which resulted in daily conflicts in the workplace. Now, I do not want to blame them, or even myself for the situation.

How will you describe yourself? ›

Example: "I am ambitious and driven. I thrive on challenges and constantly set goals for myself, so I have something to strive toward. I'm not comfortable with settling, and I'm always looking for an opportunity to do better and achieve greatness. I was promoted three times in less than two years in my previous role."

How would your boss and coworkers describe you best answer? ›

Your answer about how others would describe you should only focus on the positive traits you offer at work. Choose adjectives that relate to your disposition and work ethic, emphasizing soft skills that make you a good candidate.

Why should we hire you answer best? ›

Show that you have skills and experience to do the job and deliver great results. You never know what other candidates offer to the company. But you know you: emphasize your key skills, strengths, talents, work experience, and professional achievements that are fundamental to getting great things done on this position.

What makes you fit in this job? ›

Your job ethic and personality and how they are reflected in your work. A unique skill that would make you stand out in a team. A time your individuality or innovation helped your team achieve a goal.

What difficult situation have you dealt with? ›

Example Answer:

I had a very difficult situation where the company I was working for was having financial problems. Because of that, I had to fire one person from my team. I chose the team member we had hired most recently. She had great potential, but she still needed guidance to do her job.


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