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Band 5 Return to Practice Nurse - Trust Wide

Job Reference: 342-NQD028-0621

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
Mental Health
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership, Various locations
£0 Rtp Bursary

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 2021 at University West of England (UWE) at the Glenside Campus.

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 a practice assessor. 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 4 and 8 months. You will need to complete 450 hours on clinical placement. Weekly placement hours to be negotiated at interview and with practice to enable you to work with your practice assessor 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 £500 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 2021. Teaching will likely to be delivered via an online platform. The interview will likely take place on Monday 19th July 2021 via Microsoft Teams but this may be subject to change.

In order to be considered for this exciting programme, please complete the on line application form.

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


At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.


For further details / informal visits contact:

NameCaryss KnightonJob titlePractice Education FacilitatorEmail addresscaryssknighton@nhs.netTelephone number07738 299227Additional contact information

Caryss Knighton (Practice Education Facilitator) on 07738 299227

Emily Carnell (Pre-registration co-ordinator) on 01173784464

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

We are proud to be fostering a diverse workforce that reflects our communities. A key commitment to this is improving staff representation from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, those from the LGBTQ+ communities, and people living with disabilities – we are a ‘Disability Confident Employer’ offering a guaranteed interview to Disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

We encourage applications from people who wish to work on a flexible basis, recognising that flexibility may mean a range of different working patterns and hours, we do our utmost to work with our staff to meet their needs and the needs of our service users.

Please apply to join us, we would love to hear from you. Any personal details you supply to us are kept safe in line with the General Data Protection Regulations.

You can submit your application via NHS Jobs and TRAC. Adverts normally close for application a few minutes before midnight on the closing date and we will let you know if we are offering you an interview by email via our recruitment system ‘TRAC’. We contact all applicants within 4 weeks after the closing date, so please check your emails regularly once you have submitted your application; you are welcome to contact us, via the TRAC system, if you have any queries about your application.

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Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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