Are you a nurse, health visitor or midwife interested in returning to practice?

Posted: August 20, 2014

Free new programme offers nurses, midwives and health visitors the chance to get back into work

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is offering local nurses, midwives and health visitors the chance to get back into work with a new programme, Return to Practice.

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 choose to return to practice following the programme, bursaries of £1,000 for nurses and £500 for midwives and health visitors are available.

Run by the University of the West of England in Bristol, the programme is taking place three times in October 2014, January 2015 or May 2015. Attendees must attend six study days including a session in the simulated clinical area to practise clinical skills and a two-day induction with the Trust.

Shelly Knight, Pre-registration Manager at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 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 and 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.

"After successfully completing the programme you will be offered a diverse range of roles in both our acute or community teams. As well as over 20 wards and departments at the Great Western Hospital, the Trust also runs community hospitals and community healthcare services across Wiltshire, so there are a number of career directions to choose.

"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."

The programme is just one of the ways the Trust is trying to increase the number of staff on their wards and in the community. An ongoing recruitment drive, which kicked off in April last year, has already attracted over 300 nursing and midwifery staff.

As well as the GWH, the Trust runs many other services including community hospitals in Marlborough, Devizes, Chippenham, Trowbridge, Devizes, Melksham and Warminster, community nursing teams across Wiltshire, as well as dietetic clinics and sexual health services across Swindon

Closing dates

13 October - Please apply by 5 September. Interviews will take place week commencing 15 September. Additional programmes begin on 12 January and 18 May.    

How to apply

To find out more or to apply contact Shelly Knight, Pre-registration Manager on 01793 604437 or email or visit NHS Jobs and search for 'Return to Practice'.   


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