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Return to Practice Nurse - Band 3

Job Reference: 339-RTP-RN-SEPT-21

North Bristol NHS Trust
Southmead Hospital, Bristol
£20,330 - £21777 per annum

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Please note that this job advert will close as soon as sufficient applications have been received. So if you are interested, please apply for this vacancy as soon as you can.

Has your NMC registration lapsed? Are you inspired by the idea of returning to nursing? Now is the time to Return to Practice at North Bristol NHS Trust!

North Bristol NHS Trust is the largest hospital trust in the South West of England, providing hospital and community healthcare to the residents of Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. We are a specialist regional centre for a number of services including neurosurgery, renal medicine, plastics, burns, orthopaedics and major trauma. At North Bristol NHS Trust we are passionate about excellent care and our patients/clients know our primary focus is to provide ‘Exceptional Healthcare, Personally Delivered’.

Returning to Practice

North Bristol NHS Trust is currently looking to recruit the next cohort of Return to Practice Adult Nurses. The return to practice programme supports nurses with a lapsed NMC registration pin to return to the profession. We work closely with the University of the West of England (UWE), to support you through every aspect of the academic and clinical practice requirements to allow you to re-join the nursing register. You can find out more about this by visiting the UWE website and searching for ‘Return to Practice’.

All return to practice nurses at North Bristol NHS Trust start on a Band 3 training contract and are paid during their 450-hour supernumerary clinical placement. We have a variety of placements available and will do our best to help you find a role with a working environment and contract that meets your needs. During your placement you will be assigned a practice supervisor and assessor who will support you, alongside the rest of the team.

On successful completion of the Return to Practice course you will be offered a Band 5 post with us and we aim to accommodate your desired career pathway when placing you in a permanent position.

How is the course funded?

The university course fees are paid for by Health Education South West. Return to practice students will also receive a bursary to support with childcare, travel, and book costs.

Apply now via the attached on-line application form.

Please note

This position is unsuitable for international nurses looking for support to gain NMC registration.

We are also unable to support any NMC conditions of practice. Please check the NMC requirements for returning to the register.


For further details / informal visits contact:

For further details please contact:

Return to Practice Lead:

Gemma Stafford- Recruitment Matron, ASCR Division:

George Duffield- Recruitment Matron, Medicine Division:

The following is applicable for ‘At Risk’ employees, who must meet the essential shortlisting criteria to be eligible for interview.

Those from within North Bristol NHS Trust who apply for this role will be considered for shortlisting in the first instance.
Those from within the BNSSG (Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire) who apply for this role will be considered in the second instance.
Those covered by the South West Employment Transition Framework who apply for this role will be considered in the third instance.
If no applicant is appointed from the above ‘at-risk’ pools, those from the open market will then be considered for shortlisting.
If you apply for this vacancy and have not received a communication from this Trust within three weeks of the closing date, please assume that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.

Please note that this Trust does not reimburse travel expenses relating to interview attendance.

If you feel you meet the requirements of the Disability Act / Two Ticks scheme and require further support/advice, please contact us on tel 0117 4141151.

This organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

The successful applicant(s) will normally commence at the minimum of the scale unless they have previous NHS service at the same band. Progression through the scale is by annual increments.

Please note that stringent pre-employment checks are undertaken on all successful applicants prior to commencement in post. Please refer to the ‘Information for Prospective Employees’ attachment for information relating to DBS charges.

We are committed to Equal Opportunity - Job Share Applications are welcomed.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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