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Rotation programmes involve placements in different areas, usually within the same organisation. Although these placements are typically in clinical areas, some offer an opportunity for non-clinical rotations, including research and development. They are available to all nurses in all bands and give nurses an opportunity to explore different areas, develop competence and build confidence.

A rotation programme offers exposure to a broad range of clinical skills, ways of working and experiences. It can offer many benefits to the registered nurse including:​

  • developing confidence and competence in different areas​
  • clarifying future career pathways prior to making any decision​
  • developing into a flexible and dynamic employee​
  • building resilience and developing leadership capabilities​
  • providing an opportunity to explore and gain an understanding of different areas​
  • developing a strong skill set. ​


CapitalNurse has developed a range of resources on rotations in collaboration with organisations across London following research, a deep-dive and stakeholder engagement. These include:

  • Rotations Best Practice Guidelines
  • Rotations Project Report
  • Rotations Passport Template
  • Rotations Case Studies
  • Rotations Leaflet (coming soon)

The CapitalNurse Rotations Best Practice Guidelines provide a recommended set of standards based on best-practice, to which health and social care organisations in London have agreed.

The Rotations Leaflet (coming soon) has been developed to support organisations in promoting and implementing rotations. With thanks to Jacqueline Woodcock (Croydon Health Services), Hilary White (Epsom & St Helier) and Kristen Leonard (Imperial Healthcare) for their involvement.

The following organisations have participated in development of the resources:

  • Central London Community Healthcare
  • Central and North West London Community Healthcare
  • Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
  • Epsom & St Helier
  • Evelina Children's Hospital
  • Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital
  • Homerton
  • Imperial Healthcare
  • Kings College Hospital
  • Kingston Hospital
  • London South Bank University
  • North East London Foundation trust
  • Northwick Park Hospital
  • Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cromwell Hospital
  • South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust
  • St Georges University Hospital
  • The Islington GP Group Limited
  • University College London Hospital
  • West London NHS Trust
  • Whittington Health
  • Your Healthcare CIC