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Why choose Leeds for your next nursing role?

Leeds is a vibrant city and could even be considered the beating heart of Yorkshire! If you are curious about a nursing career in Leeds, there are a wide range of opportunities available for you, including working in mental health facilities, hospitals, GP practices and more.

Whether you have just begun nursing or have been working as a registered nurse for years, this guide will show you the perks of living and working in Leeds as a nurse.

Becoming a nurse in Leeds


There are various qualifications you will need to obtain to become a nurse. Most countries also have a registering body you will need to join to become a fully qualified nurse. In the UK, all nurses must register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Nursing degree

If you would like to embark on a nursing degree course, you will need three A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualifications. You will also need GCSEs in English, Maths and at least one Science. There are four areas of nursing you could specialise in:

  • Children’s nursing
  • Learning disability nursing
  • Mental health nursing
  • Adult nursing

If you would like to study to become a nurse in Leeds, you can attend the University of Leeds or Leeds Beckett University. These courses should not only provide you with the academic theory of nursing, but also hands-on practical experience in hospitals and community settings.

Registered Nursing Degree Apprenticeships (RNDA)

Obtaining a degree isn’t the only route into nursing – many people qualify through Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeships (RDNA) as an alternative path. This offers the option of university studying on a part-time basis, whilst most of your nursing training will focus on practicing in placement settings.

Working as a nurse in Leeds


After completing your nursing qualification, you will need to decide what professional setting you want to work in. The flexibility of a nursing career means you can work across the country in pretty much any location you want. However, some of the benefits of working as a nurse in Leeds include:

  • Pubs, clubs and nightlife – Leeds is perhaps best known for its legendary Otley Run. There are so many things to do, events to attend, concerts to see and countless activities to take part in. When you’re not working, you will have plenty of things to keep you busy!
  • Close proximity to nature – nestled in the green dales of Yorkshire, if you are a fan of the great outdoors, Leeds is a great option to have the hustle and bustle of city life, while having the option of serene countryside at your doorstep.
  • Affordable – although Leeds is a bustling and large city in the UK, renting charges and the cost of living is generally lower than many other places in the UK.

Here at Thornbury Nursing Services, our nursing agency in Leeds is looking for qualified nurses to fill our vacancies across the city. We recruit nurses who have found their specialism background and have a few years’ experience working in nursing. We pay competitively, offer training opportunities and reimburse travel costs. Register online with us today.

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