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Band 5 Return to Practice Nurse

Band 5

Main area
Mental Health
Band 5
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership
Various locations
RtP Bursary
05/06/2019 23:59

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) provides inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire. We also provide specialist services extending throughout the south west.

We employ over 4,000 dedicated members of staff who deliver services from more than 90 locations, working in approximately 150 teams across a geographical region of 2,200 miles, for a population of approximately 1.8million people.

We are passionate about promoting good mental health and wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise and resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe and focused on people's recovery. Our staff are pivotal in everything we do and we are committed to involving them fully in the development of the Trust and our services.


Are you a Mental Health or Learning Disability Nurse who is looking to return to practice and re- join the NMC professional register? If the answer is yes, then Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is offering an exciting opportunity for you to undertake a Return to Practice Programme for Registered Nurses.

The theoretical element of the Return to Practice course start in September 2019 or March 2020 at either University West of England (UWE) in Bristol or Bournemouth University (BU) in Bournemouth.

You will be offered a placement(s) in one of our clinical areas to complete your practice requirements, where you will receive support and supervision and an assigned sign off mentor. The Return to Practice Programme (RTP) prepares you for re-entry onto the professional register and is an essential requirement for returning to practice and take between 3 and 6 months. You will need to complete a minimum of 150 hours on clinical placement (but could be more) and undertake a minimum of 15 hours per week. Hours to be negotiated with practice to enable you to work with your sign-off mentor and regain your skills.

Whilst undertaking the RTP course you will be employed by Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust on an honorary contract, we cannot guarantee a post on completion; however there are usually plenty of employment opportunities available Trust wide in both inpatient areas and community teams for both Mental Health and Learning Disability Nurses.

As part of the programme you will receive a bursary funded through Health Education England of between £500 & £1,000 for Return to Practice Nurses. All Return to Practice hours are unpaid but there is also the potential opportunity for you to work as a health care assistant through the AWP Bank whilst undertaking the course.

The next course commences in September 2019. Teaching will be delivered in Bristol or Bournemouth. We will be able to offer you an interview in the area where you undertake your return to practice hours. At interview, you will be required to undertake a numeracy and literacy test.

In order to be considered for this exciting programme, please complete the on line application form and indicate in the ‘Supporting Information’ section your reasons for applying and which university you would like to study at.

More information on the Return to Practice course can be found on the Health Education England website.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Kathy Bond (Practice Education Facilitator) on 07702819963