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Onward – the OUH nurses' recognition scheme

At OUH, we value the compassionate excellence that our nurses deliver every single day. Nursing is an exciting, dynamic and fast-paced profession that always provides fresh challenges and new opportunities to learn and develop.

To acknowledge the amazing impact that our nurses have on the care of our patients, and help support their career aspirations, we launched a scheme to make sure that the nursing experience at OUH is a uniquely rewarding one.

The Onward scheme rewards our Band 5 nurses for their dedication while providing excellent opportunities for career development.

All newly-graduated registered nurses who join OUH automatically become part of the Onward scheme, which will begin with a two-year foundation phase that focuses on nurturing their skills and providing ongoing support to build confidence.

After two years, the focus of the scheme shifts towards the development of new skills and specialist knowledge while recognising their progress with a new uniform and rise in pay.

At this time, all Onward nurses will:

  • get an increment pay rise to recognise the completion of the foundation phase
  • receive an updated uniform and job title which recognises their service, commitment and seniority in their workplace
  • be automatically shortlisted for interview for Band 6 ward-based vacancies where the person specification is met
  • have access to a range of opportunities for specialist education and further training

The benefits of the scheme don't end at Band 5. Our band 6 Onward nurses in non-specialist roles will also be recognised for their dedication with a standardised job title of Deputy Sister / Charge Nurse and a newly created uniform to reflect the seniority of their roles.

So start your nursing journey at Oxford University Hospitals today, and get the recognition and development opportunities that you deserve with Onward.