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 https://www.cavellnursestrust.org/grants 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 (www.jobs.nhs.uk) 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.
If there is something we have missed about return to practice in the south west then please contact us on ReturntoPractice@southwest.hee.nhs.uk
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
0117 900 2168
Peninsula Community Health
Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Plymouth Community Healthcare CIC
Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
Torbay & South Devon Foundation Trust
Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust
Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Devon Partnership NHS Trust
North Devon Hospice
North Bristol NHS Trust
0117 342 7722
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust
North Somerset Community Partnership CIC
Weston Area Health Trust
01934 636363 Ext. 5691
Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust
St Margaret’s Hospice
Yeovil District Hospital
Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust
BMI Bath Clinic
2gether NHS Foundation Trust
07769 110 941
Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
0300 422 6307
Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (including Swindon and Wiltshire Community)
Hathaway Medical Centre
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
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 https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/your-university/about-us/university-structure/faculties/health-human-sciences/return-to-practice
For all other organisations in the South West it would be:
University of the West of England http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/practicesupportnet/guidancebyprogramme/returntopracticenurses.aspx
All other enquiries:
RtP National Line: 0121 695 2221
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