Return to Acute Care course gets nurses working again

Posted: December 9, 2014

Return to Acute Care course gets registered nurses back into work

The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is offering local nurses the chance to get back into work with its Return to Acute Care programme.

Specifically designed for registered nurses who have taken a career break, the free course will help them regain their skills and confidence so they are ready to move back into the acute or community nursing sector.

The Return to Acute Care course will run over 14 weeks with alternating weeks of theory and clinical placement on a ward either at GWH or at one of our community hospitals.

During this placement participants will be partnered with a mentor who will be able to offer them any necessary support or guidance.

Claire Barker, Training and Development Manager at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We know that returning to acute care can be a daunting experience, especially after a long break. This course is the perfect way for those nurses that miss the buzz of an acute environment to get back into work.

"Everyone who successfully completes the course will be able to apply for nursing jobs in the Trust and be supported through the interview process. We hope that everyone will leave the course with a new job that they love."

To be considered for the course, participants must have an active registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

The programme is just one of the ways Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is trying to increase the number of staff on its wards and in the community.

An ongoing recruitment drive which kicked off in April 2013 has already attracted nearly 400 nursing and midwifery staff.

For more information about the course, contact Claire Barker on 01793 604438 or email 

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