Return to search

Employer Led Return to Practice Student

Job Reference: 349-COR-3486312

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust- various sites across the organisation, Manchester
£19,737 - £21,142 pro rata

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) is one of the largest acute Trusts in the UK, employing over 25,000 staff.

We are responsible for running a family of ten hospitals across seven separate sites, providing a wide range of services from comprehensive local general hospital care through to highly specialised regional and national services.

We are the main provider of hospital care to approximately 750,000 people in Manchester and Trafford and the single biggest provider of specialised services in the North West of England. We are also the lead provider for a significant number of specialised services including Breast Care, Vascular, Cardiac, Respiratory, Urology Cancer, Paediatrics, Women’s Services, Ophthalmology and Genomic Medicine.

Our vision is to improve the health and quality of life of our diverse population by building an organisation that:

  • Excels in quality, safety, patient experience, research, innovation and teaching
  • Attracts, develops and retains great people
  • Is recognised internationally as a leading healthcare provider.

Employer Led Return to Practice Student (22.5-37.5 hours/week)

Please note this advert is only open to:

a) Nurses who have a lapsed UK registration with the NMC. You are not eligible to apply if you have a current NMC registration.


b) Applicants who have applied to and have been offered a place on the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) Return to Practice (RtP) nursing programme.

Successful application to this Employer led RtP post is conditional of a concurrent successful application to the MMU Return to Practice Programme.

Please access the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) website for information regarding the Return to Practice nursing programme and how to apply.

Greater Manchester is offering you an exciting opportunity to re-join the profession by completing the Return to Practice (RtP) Programme (accredited by the NMC).

The Employer Led Return to Practice model enables you to Earn Whilst You Learn with all course fees paid. Whilst completing the RtP practice element of the programme you will be paid at Band 3 as an employee of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.

Full time hours (37.5 hours/ week) are available, with a minimum of 22.5 hours per week to enable you to meet your practice learning outcomes. The programme acknowledges the wealth of experience you will bring back to the profession and aims to re-build your confidence in nursing theory and practice by reawakening your previous knowledge and skills.

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust offers a range of practice placements. You will have up to 450 hours to successfully complete your practice assessment. During this time you will be supported, supervised and assessed whilst being supernumerary and thus able to concentrate on your learning needs.

On successful completion of the programme there will be opportunities provided to apply for a Band 5 Staff Nurse position.

Manchester University Foundation Trust is offering 10 vacancies for the Return to Practice Programme Commencing at MMU 17th January 2022

Upon completion of the practical assessment you will continue to work for the Trust in a Band 3 nursing assistant role until you have completed all elements of the RtP programme

If you would like to know more about the programme before applying, please contact: Alison Jefferies, Matron Pre-registration Professional Education & Development, 0161 701 1981

Stella Bosum-Arije, Programme Lead, MMU, 0161 247 5506

Closing date: Midnight on the 26th October 2021

Date for interviews: 08th November 2021

Please make clear in your supporting information:

  • That you have been accepted onto the MMU RtP programme
  • Why you want to return to nursing?
  • Details regarding your registration and reason for lapse with the NMC
  • If you have ever been subject to a Fitness to Practice hearing at the NMC/UKCC or had your NMC registration removed, suspended or had conditions imposed? If yes, please provide full details separately including a copy of all NMC conditions/decisions
  • When did you last practice using your professional nursing qualifications?
  • Approximately how many hours of nursing practice have you done in the past 3 years?
  • Approximately how many months of nursing practice have you done in the past 5 years?
  • When did you last practice in the specialty or department you would like to work in if you have a preference?
  • If you are a non-native English speaker, do you have evidence of meeting the standard University English language requirements (e.g. IELTS at 7.0)
  • Please note this position requires a Disclosure Barring Service check (DBS) formerly CRB

Please note this post is in partnership with MMU and any information/ data regarding your application will be shared across both organisations. You must be available for 2 weeks from the 17th of January 2022 to attend MMU for the academic part of the programme

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameAlison JefferiesJob titleMatron Pre-registration Education TeamEmail addressalison.jefferies@mft.nhs.ukTelephone number0161 701 1981Additional contact information



We may decide to close this vacancy earlier than the published closing date if sufficient applications are received.

Trust policy requires that the cost of submitting & processing the successful applicant/s DBS application be recovered via salary deduction in the first 3 months following start in post. The amount of £26.85(standard disclosure) or £43.85(enhanced disclosure) If you wish to withdraw once a DBS application has commenced you will be still liable for payment.

MFT would like to develop a committed, flexible workforce that is able to adapt to the changing needs of the NHS. We aim to support employees who wish to work flexibly, to allow them to maintain a healthy work life balance and fair consideration will be given to any flexible working requests.

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of race, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership are encouraged to apply for this post.

We welcome applicants from the Armed Forces Community.

Please be aware that all roles at MFT(except Medical and Dental posts) are subject to a probationary period.

If you have any personal requirements that will enable you to participate in our recruitment process please contact a member of the Recruitment Services by phone on 0161 276 6198.

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.

SAFERJobs To stay safe in your job search we recommend that you visit SAFERjobs (, a non-profit, joint industry and law enforcement organisation working to combat job scams. Visit the SAFERjobs website for information on common scams and to get free, expert advice for a safer job search.

  • Investors in People Gold Logo
  • Disability Confident Employer
  • Positive about Disabed People Logo
  • Employer Recognition Scheme Silver
  • Improving Working Lives Logo
  • Mindful Employer Logo
  • Smoke Free Logo
  • Age Positive Logo
  • Stonewall Logo
  • Apprenticeships Logo
  • Veteran Aware