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Return to Practice Nurses

Job Reference: 348-CORP-N-769A

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Non Medical Placements

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities

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Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust (SHFT) is committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect. As an employee, you are accountable to ensure that you know to how to respond when you are concerned for the safety of a child, young person or adult at risk, applying the principles of the Family Approach to ensure evidence based analysis, risk management and appropriate action and escalation. SHFT require staff to work effectively together using the Family Approach to achieve better outcomes for adults, children and families. The Trust will support you in this duty by providing ongoing training, support and advice and have a Corporate Safeguarding Team who can be contacted for guidance and the provision of safeguarding supervision.

What is Return to Nursing Practice?

Return to Nursing Practice (RtNP) gives people with lapsed NMC registration the opportunity to return to the profession by undertaking a Return to Practice course.

Would you like to Return to Nursing Practice as an Adult or Mental Health Nurse?

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust works in partnership with Bournemouth University to support the Return to Practice course by offering the clinical placementsto complete the set clinical hours.

What does the Return to Nursing Practice Course involve?

The Return to Nursing Practice course is a combination of classroom and clinical placement-based learning.

Returnees needto complete, clinical practice hours 150-450, during which thelearner will develop a portfolio that demonstrates the skills required to complete the RtNP course.

The classroom-based learning requires attendance at eight taught university study days with Bournemouth University. Over the course of the clinical practice and classroom-based learning hours, the returnee is expected to achieve a level of proficiency for re-entry onto the NMC register.

The course will take approximately six to nine months to complete, depending on individual learning needs and experience.

Through the duration of the RtNP course the nurses are employed within Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust either seconded or on an honorary contract. Although we cannot guarantee a post on completion, there are usually plenty of employment opportunities available and we welcome and support theopportunity to employ qualified nurses.

What you need to do next:

  • Complete the application form, making sure that you clearly state.
    • The field of nursing that you were registered in Adult/ Mental Health
    • When your original NMC registration expired
    • Your reasons for wishing to return to nursing practice


  • Commit to attending the mandatory study days with the University of Bournemouth at level 6 (degree level)
  • Commit to two shifts per week in clinical practice which will be on an honorary/supernumerary basis to enable you to concentrate on your learning needs (After successful application we will allocate a suitable placement)

The course is fully funded by Health Education Wessex with additional financial support of £1,000 towards travel and learning resources.

Please be aware that as this is a joint application process your application will be shared with Bournemouth University. Joint Interviews are planned to take place in June 2022.

For further information, including an informal chat please contact:

Sue Tarling –

A DBS check is required by the Employer for this post. The Employer will undertake an initial check at the appropriate level on appointment. As a condition of employment you are required to register with the online DBS update service and maintain this registration throughout employment.

COVID-19 vaccine remains the best way to protect ourselves, our families, our colleagues, and patients from the virus, we therefore encourage applicants to become fully vaccinated. We ask for vaccination status as part of pre employment checks although COVID-19 vaccination is not a condition of employment.

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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