Return to Practice

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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 Hospital.

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's story

Steph Timms took part in the Trust's Return to Practice course in Children's ED.

Steph _Timms

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 to waste.

"I was a bit nervous about putting on the uniform again after all those years, but everyone on the course was so friendly and supportive.

"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 qualified nurse.

How to apply 

To find out more or to apply contact the Student Placement Team on 01793 604437. 


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