Student Sponsorship

Nursing Sponsorship Opportunities leading to Employment

Are you considering where to begin your nursing career once you qualify as a Registered Nurse?

Here at Rowcroft we work to make every day the best day possible for those in our care and we employ fantastic nurses in our Inpatient Unit in Torquay, in patients’ homes across South Devon and in the future, in our new Nursing Home.

Help you with your fees and other support

We can sponsor you while you complete your studies with a bursary of £4,250 per year (from year 2 onwards) towards your student fees. Once you join our sponsorship scheme you will have access to our award-winning professional training, the opportunity of a placement with our teams, and a mentor to support you in your final year.

You can have as much or as little engagement with us while you study as works for you. This year, as well as joining our bank team, some of our sponsored students have visited the hospice to meet key members of our team, been invited to co-present at a Hospice UK conference in London, and instigated the first ever masterclass for Plymouth and Portsmouth Universities, where over 150 students received an introduction to palliative care and the five priorities for care from our education team.

When you qualify, we will offer you a nursing position with us in one of our teams, with fantastic preceptorship, in a caring and supportive environment.

Working at Rowcroft

Dr Gill Horne, Programme Director – Care Services says: “I have been working as a nurse leader here at Rowcroft for 12 years and can honestly say it’s been the best part of my nursing career. At Rowcroft we can provide the nursing care we are taught to provide – the care you hoped to deliver when you decided to train to become a nurse. We are a welcoming team who care passionately about our patients and their families. It’s a privilege to work alongside our highly professional dedicated nursing teams and the other members of the multidisciplinary team.

Vicky Bartlett, Director or Patient Care says: “I am so proud to be part of the Rowcroft Hospice team. Our people are highly skilled in palliative care, providing complex symptom management in a kind and compassionate way, knowing they have time to dedicate to patient care. It’s endlessly rewarding to be part of a skilled multi-disciplinary team, always striving to provide the very best care. We also have great working relationships with our NHS, other local Hospices, and private sector and voluntary sector colleagues. I am excited about the future plans for Rowcroft and the way we will use technology to support us to give the very best care.

Ambitious plans for the future

As well as our excellent reputation as a provider of palliative care, we have ambitious plans to enhance and extend our care over the next five years to support more people in our community. These plans include a state of the art 60-bed nursing home (using the latest technology, and innovative working practices) and a brand new 14-bed inpatient hospice unit (see We’d love you to be a part of this exciting future.

Read about Rebecca’s experience as a Rowcroft Student NurseA student nurse stood in Rowcroft's scenic gardens.

“There is no doubt that palliative nursing is hard. Especially as a newly qualified nurse. But I feel at Rowcroft, the teamwork and compassion showed by the staff I have met so far, made me feel like for the first time in my training I had found what I wanted to do and a nurturing environment whereby I would be encouraged to be successful.”

Learn about Rebecca’s journey as a student nurse; from finding her niche to learning about palliative care.

Find out more about Rebecca’s journey at Rowcroft

Read about Joe’s journey into end-of-life care

A student nurse stood in Rowcroft's scenic gardens.

“The hospice allows me to enhance my growing knowledge with the support of the highly experienced and skilled staff within the Inpatient Unit and I have gained further experience in palliative care within a hospital setting. I feel so grateful for the supportive working environment and the high level of care that all patients receive here.”

Find out about Joe’s journey to becoming a student nurse at Rowcroft.

Learn more about Joe’s journey at Rowcroft

How to apply for Student Sponsorship with Rowcroft

To be considered for student sponsorship you will need to have completed the first year of your nursing degree. Our students currently study at Plymouth or Exeter Universities, for more information about their courses and how to apply to train please visit their website here:

Plymouth University

Exeter University:

To be considered for our next round of sponsorship (from year 2 onwards), please send an expression of interest, explaining why you would like to be considered for our sponsorship scheme and outlining your experience to date to

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