Nearly 60 student nurses were given a taste of what working at the Royal Free London would be like at an open evening aiming to attract the best and brightest to the trust.

Students and those on final year placements were given the opportunity to network with each of the trusts four divisions – transplant and specialist services, surgery and associated services, urgent care and women and children – which between them care for 1.6 million patients each year.

For the first time all student nurses on a final year placement at the Royal Free London will be offered permanent employment at the trust pending successful completion of their placement and passing their final exam.

Students who expressed an interest working in the trust on the night will now be contacted to confirm their preferred areas and to go through the next steps. 

Rebecca Longmate, deputy director of nursing, said: “The thing that stood out most for me was the support shown by our staff across the trust. There must have been more than 40 of our nurses representing their divisions, which was absolutely amazing. There was a real buzz.

“The students who attended were keen to meet and talk about confirming their employment on the spot; such was the excitement in the room.”

Take a look at some of the photos from the evening in our gallery. For queries regarding the recruitment process, please email Rebecca Longmate on