We're offering nurses, midwives and health visitors the chance
to get back into work with our Return to Practice programme.
This free course, designed for nurses, health visitors or
midwives who have had a break from their profession, offers the
support, guidance and training needed to get back to work.
For those who chose to return to practice following the
programme, bursaries of up to £1,000 are available.
Run by the University of the West of England in Bristol, the
programme runs throughout the year. Attendees must attend six study
days including a session in the simulated clinical area to practise
clinical skills and a two day induction.
After successfully completing the programme you will be offered
a diverse range of roles, both at the Great Western Hospital and
within our community teams in Swindon.
With around 5,000 staff we are one of the biggest employers in the
South West and there are few places to work as rewarding. We offer
some great NHS benefits, including 27 days holiday, a generous
pension, flexible working options and training and development
opportunities. There is also an onsite nursery at the Great Western
Oonagh Fitzgerald, Director of HR, said: "We know that returning
to practice can be daunting, especially after a long break, which
is why we will offer the support, guidance and training needed to
develop a fulfilling and exciting career.
"We will support you with updating your skills and registration
with the Nursing & Midwifery Council. We also offer a
period of preceptorship with an experienced mentor to help develop
your confidence, refine your skills and teach you about our
organisational values and behaviours."
Steph Timms took part in the Trust's Return to Practice course
in Children's ED.
Steph was a qualified nurse working in SCBU but gave it up to
raise her young family.
As her children grew up, she took jobs outside of healthcare but
soon discovered that she really missed nursing.
She read about Return to Practice in the Swindon Advertiser and
decided to give it a go. The course is free and open to any
qualified nurse, health visitor or midwife whose registration has
lapsed following a break from the profession.
Steph said: "Nursing is such a rewarding career, there's really
nothing quite like it.
"I worked so hard to get my qualification and when I was doing
anything other than nursing, it felt like all that work was going
"I was a bit nervous about putting on the uniform again after
all those years, but everyone on the course was so friendly and
"As soon as I began, I felt like I was back where I belonged and
immediately wished I had done it sooner.
"My advice to anyone with a similar sounding story is to just go
for it - you definitely won't regret it."
Steph has now completed her training and is once again a
How to apply
To find out more or to apply contact the Student Placement Team
on 01793 604437.
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