Working for us: Returning to acute, paediatric or community care

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Courses available

  • Return to Acute Care (RAC)
  • Return to Paediatric Care (RPC)
  • Return to Community Care (RTCC)

These courses provide a structured process for the induction and development of registered nurses who have not recently worked within acute or community settings in the UK.

Roles in these settings require a significant level of specific knowledge and skills to be delivered autonomously with confidence and competence.

If you wish to pursue a career in the acute hospital environment or community setting and have a relevant, current NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) registration, but lack the confidence or recent acute experience, then this course is for you!

There is an expectation that nurses who have successfully completed the course - which is free of charge - will apply for positions across the Trust.

The course runs over 16 weeks, one day a week with alternating theory and practical days.

You will be allocated a clinical area/team to complete your RAC, RPC or RTCC standards alongside a mentor.

This will include:

  • Demonstration of best and current practice
  • Practical aspects of nursing
  • Support, guidance and encouragement
  • Positively challenging aspects of your practice in conjunction with your peers
  • Identification and discussion of concerns
  • Reflection on your work and development
  • Feedback on observed practice
  • Establishment of your areas of competence
  • Identification of areas for development
  • Agreement and plans of future activity 

All three courses follow a comprehensive programme including the following:

  • Organisational awareness
  • Clinical skills development
  • Clinical assessment and management
  • Personal and professional development
  • Practical and academic assessment
  • Certification of successful completion 

We have developed a set of standards which nurses will work through during their course, which is a template of expectations that can be measured and reviewed.

Successful completion of the course will allow you to access an accelerated pathway for employment within the Trust.

During the selection event, you will be required to:

  • Successfully complete a drug calculations test
  • Achieve Occupational Health clearance
  • Achieve DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance
  • Sign an honorary contract which includes conditions of employment and a confidentiality agreement 

You will be supplied with:

  • Name badge and door security activation card
  • Uniform
  • Tickets for free parking on-site at the Great Western Hospital 

There is no cost to any individual undertaking this course.

However, please note that there is also no pay from the Trust delivering this course.

Further information

For full details and an application form please contact us:

Tel: 01793 604453 or 01793 604438

Great People. Great Place. Great Western Hospitals. 

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