South West - return to practice programmes

The return to practice programme:


The programme will take approximately three months to complete, although some people may take longer depending on clinical placement hours required and the length of time out of practice and length of time previously in practice. The courses may also be flexible to fit around existing commitments, such as childcare.


How much will this cost?


We will fund all of the course fees. If you are a returning nurse will also provide you with £1,000 of financial support, this is paid in two parts and can be used for childcare, travel, books and the like, while you are on the programme.  If you are a returning midwife or health visitor then you will receive £500 financial support.

If you are employed permanently by your RTP placement organisation following successfully re-registration, then we will provide funding to that organisation to support any preceptorship programme it may run. 

People returning to practice as nurses and midwives may also be eligible for support from the Cavell Nurses' Trust. If you are a qualified nurse with three years or more post registration experience in the UK, undertaking a return to practice course and as a result find yourself in financial hardship, have less than £4,000 in savings then the trust may be able to assist with a one-off award towards your daily living expenses. Visit to apply or find out more.

How do I apply?

Please read through the frequently asked questions as this will help you with your application.

You will need to apply to employers who are recruiting to a return to practice post. They will advertise on the NHS Jobs website ( and may also advertise locally. You could also contact employers directly – see below for contact details. The employer will then interview you along with the university offering the academic programme. Following a successful recruitment process you will be offered a place on the programme.

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 Organisations providing placements:

This is not an exhaustive list and it is always worth you contacting an employer directly if you would like to work for them or have your return to practice placement with them.

Bristol Community Health

James Salmons

0117 900 2168

Peninsula Community Health

Philippa Holmes

01726 627634

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Philippa Holmes

01726 627634


Nuffield Health
Hayley Ashton

07775 772325


Plymouth Community Healthcare CIC
Sara Mitchell
01752 435353

Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
Alison Copp

01392 408140


Torbay & South Devon Foundation Trust
Jane Gidman
Ruth Nicholls
Elaine Cheetham

01803 656647
01803 656677


Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

Sue Barbour

01392 356911


Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Henrietta Ferguson

01752 437131

Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Ami Speyer
Julie Hughes 

01392 208658
01392 674943

Care UK
Neil Andrews

07850 016354


North Devon Hospice
Caroline Hales
01271 344248


North Bristol NHS Trust

Heather Tyler
Sue Crew

0117 342 7722


University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust

Colleen Paviour
Deborah Tunnell

01173 423601/3616


North Somerset Community Partnership CIC

Sofia Salim

Training Department:
01275 813878


Weston Area Health Trust

Susie Milton

01934 636363 Ext. 5691


Weston Hospicecare
John Bailey

01934 423900


Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Sue Rapsey

01278 437140


Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust

Wendy Powell

01823 344566


St Margaret’s Hospice

Sheena Murphy-Collett

01823 365618


Yeovil District Hospital
Ed Moore

01935 383430


Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust
Jan Lyn

01225 821792


Aumir Masud 

01225 831487


BMI Bath Clinic
Liz Monaghan
Michele Brown;

01225 835555
01225 835555



2gether NHS Foundation Trust
Christian Betteridge

07769 110 941


Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust
Karen Pudge

0300 4216593


Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Diana Thomas
0300 422 6307


Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (including Swindon and Wiltshire Community)
Shelly Knight

01793 604437


Hathaway Medical Centre

Karen Manders

08444 120023


Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
Sarah Parks

07827 280609


Nuffield Health
Hayley Ashton

07775 772325


Care UK
Neil Andrews

07850 016354


Universities who run the return to practice course:


The RTP course you attend will depend upon where the organisation offering you the RTP vacancy is based.  For organisation based in Cornwall and Devon it would be: 


Plymouth University


For all other organisations in the South West it would be:

University of the West of England

All other enquiries:

RtP National Line: 0121 695 2221

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