In 2015, the DHSSPS Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) asked NIPEC to lead the development of a Career Pathway for Nursing and Midwifery to support the nursing and midwifery workforce in Northern Ireland. To take this forward, a regional Project Task and Finish Group was established, chaired by Nicki Patterson, Executive Director Nursing, Older People and Primary Care within the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.

The web-based Career Pathway was launched at CNO’s Annual Conference in November 2015 and can be accessed at

The Career Pathway is applicable to all sectors and settings across the health and social care system in Northern Ireland, including the statutory, independent, voluntary and private sectors. It aims to encourage, guide and signpost those wanting to join the professions, as well as trained nurses and midwives considering coming from overseas to work in Northern Ireland, or who are in a position to return to practice. It also provides registered nurses and midwives currently working in Northern Ireland with information and guidance to support further development in one of the four main nursing and midwifery career pathways (clinical practice, research and development, leadership and management, and education), as well as career specific pathways, for example, Emergency Care Nursing.

The Career Pathway also provides a more detailed insight into an amazing array of nursing and midwifery roles, with a selection of role summaries and real-life stories provided by nurses and midwives currently working in a wide range of sectors and settings. Information on career planning, useful links, relevant resources and links to recruitment sites are also available.

“I encourage nurses and midwives to use the Career Pathway to help guide and support their career planning approach and consider the broader range of roles, opportunities, and sectors that employ nurses and midwives” - Nicki Patterson, Chair of the Project Task and Finish Group

Click here to view the Terms of Reference and the Membership of the Task and Finish Group.

View the Career Pathway website.

View the Project Initiation document.

Go to Career Pathway for Nursing & Midwifery documents

Contact Information

Cathy McCusker
Senior Professional Officer
Tel: 0300 300 0066