Becoming a nurse: Jo's story

Anyone who watched the amazing Hospital television series on BBC Two will have seen just how dedicated and compassionate our staff are here at the Trust. If you’ve been inspired, we are always looking for more passionate and caring nurses to become a part of our family.

Once you are here, we are committed to helping you grow to reach your full potential. As the largest Trust for Merseyside and Cheshire, our three hospitals have often been at the forefront of medical breakthroughs and exceptional care – and that’s down to our fantastic staff. 

Head of Professional and Practice Development, Jo Marinas, welcomes all new nurses to Liverpool when they join the Trust. Jo himself started at the Trust as a staff nurse and has progressed over the years - living proof of the opportunities available to those working here.

Jo was born in the northern part of the Philippines and decided he wanted to be a nurse aged 14. After working in his home country and the Middle East, Jo was directly recruited by the Trust and came to the UK. He started as a supervised practice nurse, before he got his nurse registration from the then United Kingdom Central Council (UKCC) for nursing, midwifery and health visiting.

He worked at the Royal as a staff nurse for a couple of years, before moving on to the more senior role of nurse practitioner. At this time he was introduced to meet the European Working Time Directive for junior doctors, and he also completed a master’s degree in healthcare practice development at Liverpool John Moores University. Jo receiving his Outstanding Contribution to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion award from the Royal College of Nursing North West.

In pursuit of gaining further operational experience, he went to work at another Trust but decided to return to Liverpool as clinical skills training manager in 2005. He has since developed a clinical skills training service and supported undergraduate and postgraduate learners in their respective training programmes as the Trust’s head of professional and practice development.

“Liverpool and the Royal is so special to me because of the people I work with. My work colleagues are part of my extended family and Liverpool (and the Wirral) is my home away from home.”


If joining us here at the Trust is something that interests you, why not come along to one of our open days for staff nurses? 

Throughout 2019 we are recruiting experienced and newly qualified nurses to join our team. On a typical open day, you will find out what it’s like to work at the Trust, have the chance to complete the nursing assessment paper and have an interview. 

Those due to qualify in Summer 2019/Autumn 2019 and qualified nurses are invited to attend one of following dates below at the Royal Liverpool Hospital (Education Centre):

  • Wednesday 6th March
  • Thursday 25th April
  • Thursday 16th May
  • Wednesday 26th June
  • Wednesday 17th July
  • Wednesday 11th September
  • Wednesday 16th October
  • Wednesday 20th November

Please note that dates could be subject to change and we encourage all who are interested to check our jobs page each month for the most up to date details. Please note that this is an open event and you will not receive an invitation to attend.