Role Info - Nurses

Nursing Role Information

Nursing is a skilled and knowledgeable career path which requires undertaking extensive studying, gaining qualifications, having practice and capability observed and reviewed, and continual maintenance and updates to the knowledge of best clinical practice as a Nurse. 

Nurses in the UK are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) following their initial course of education. The Nursing register in the UK accounts for over 500,000 individuals who hold their licence to practise as a Nurse in various settings. 

Careers for nurses transect both the public sector and independent sector with many services including elements of service provision from both. 

General Nurses in the UK hold a specific registration with the NMC as below: 

RN1: Adult nurse, level 1 and RNA: Adult nurse, level 1 

There are also specialisms within Mental Health Nursing (RMN) and Learning Disabilities Nursing (RNLD). 

Within the main sections and classifications of the NMC register there are recordable qualifications which record the extent of practice and additional qualifications held, for example: 

V100: Community practitioner nurse prescriber 

V150: Community practitioner nurse prescriber (without SPQ or SCPHN) 

V200: Nurse independent prescriber (extended formulary) 

V300: Nurse independent / supplementary prescriber 

There are also sub Specialisms which occupy additional parts of the register, further information can be found here: Registration and qualification codes - The Nursing and Midwifery Council (  

Newly Qualified 

As a newly qualified Nurse, you’ll start at the bottom of Band 5. Typically, you’ll start in a hospital setting and then progress within a ward gaining experience as you move up within your banding. 

Many wards have a fairly clear career progression path in place from the very beginning, which helps you to plan ahead. Training opportunities will be vital not only to moving up within your banding, but to giving yourself the necessary skills to apply for Band 6 positions. 

Nursing Specialist or Senior Nurse 

Band 6 roles will often involve similar tasks and responsibilities to Band 5 – but the vital difference is that they will be more specialised. A good example of a Band 6 job would be a health visitor, which would require some further qualifications. Equally, you might want to specialise in intensive care or long-term care, with these roles often coming with a Band 6 salary. 

Ultimately, to progress to Band 6, you will need to pursue some further training within a specialist area – but the trust you’re working for will often provide funding or support for this. 

At Merco we specialise in xxx xxx and xxx roles for Band 6 Nurses.  

Here are examples of the work available for Band 6 clinicians, use our Job Search to see which options may be right for you! 

Advanced Nurse / Nurse Practitioner 

Band 7 roles typically require a Master’s level degree or equivalent – but again, trusts are often very keen to support Nursing staff in attaining these qualifications. See our Training Hub for more information. 

Importantly at this band of nursing, tasks and responsibilities really step up a notch. Common examples include Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANPs), whose advanced training allows them to conduct detailed assessments, make diagnoses and prescribe medicine. In fact, at this level, a Nurse’s role begins to include responsibilities you might normally associate with a doctor. 

At Merco, Band 7 roles account for over xxxx % of locum shifts and Permanent roles available. Last year alone Merco introduced xxx number of Band 7 clinicians to xxx number of new settings. If you are looking for new band 7 opportunities, see our live roles here 

Modern Matron or Chief Nurse 

For nurses, this banding reflects heads of Nursing teams. You will still carry out many Nursing duties, but you’ll also look after a large team of staff. At this level, proven management skills are essential, so it’s about experience and not just qualifications. Salaries can jump hugely in this banding, but that’s because of the extra responsibility and the inevitably long hours working on a substantive basis. At these bands a lot of clinicians chose to embark on locum work to support their substantive role in order to retain work/life balance. 

Clinicians coming to Merco at any level are able to access our designated Wellness services, supporting Mental health and xxx. Read xxx story (blog) of breaking into locum work at this level having xxx burnout etc eg


The salary for Band 8a ranges from £45,753 to £51,668 per annum, and how this compares to the locum work on offer with Merco can be accessed in full by registering as a Band 8a clinician on our unique pay comparison tool here 

Similarly – you can see how taking on more responsibility such as Head of Education and Training then there will be an opportunity to move up to Band 8b of where the salary range increases from £53,168 to £62,001 per annum. Alongside locum options, Merco has selected bespoke and discreet permanent opportunities UK wide for Nurses wishing to explore roles at this level. 


Band 9 is exclusively for consultant level nurses. Here, you need to be an expert in your field – proven through experience and study. Like consultants or advisors in any other industry, you’ll be tasked with helping to shape high-level decision-making. Reaching this level will require a career-long pursuit of specialist skills and qualifications to supplement your vocational experience. 

Merco are well placed with industry partners and Clinical Leads to match Band 9 Consultant Level Nurses with roles in both the Private Sector as well as with GP Federations / Primary Care Networks etc etc 

Band 9 Nurses are able to complete a short enquiry form and our career specialists will arrange a discovery call to see how Merco can assist in your career path. (or words to that effect) 


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