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Nurse Return to Practice Programme

Job Reference: 412-RTP-NURSE-2019

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Band 3 £17,787 pa pro rata

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust manages Leighton Hospital in Crewe, Victoria Infirmary in Northwich and Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre in Winsford. We are the Lead Employer for Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership (CCICP) which aims to transform, develop and deliver health care services in the community.

The Trust has been rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following the recent inspection of its services and leadership and Mid Cheshire Hospitals Foundation Trust has been named a Top40 hospital at CHKS Top Hospital Awards 2019.

Our clinical facilities are excellent, as we have invested in state of the art theatres, Critical Care, Emergency Department and our Childrens Wards (to name but a few). We have also invested in our people, ensuring we have the right number of the right people delivering care, fostering a culture of compassion, support and excellence.

Following an NHSI initiative to establish 29 Pathology networks across England the University Hospital of North Midlands is currently working closely with Mid and East Cheshire NHS Trusts to establish a Pathology network across Staffordshire and Cheshire.

Previous applicants need not re-apply.

We’re running our award-winning* Return to Practice programme again, with cohort 6 due to start in September 2019.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of our bespoke Return to Practice Course, run jointly with the University of Chester.

The programme, starting in September 2019, is designed to give people previously trained as Registered or Enrolled Nurses an accessible route back into the profession.

Key features are:

  • Anyone who has previously held an NMC PIN number as a Registered General Nurse or Enrolled Nurse can apply, regardless of their length of time out of practice
  • You will be employed by the Trust whilst undertaking training, earning a full-time salary of £17,787 pa pro rata, increasing to a qualified Nurse salary (currently from £23023) on successful completion of the programme
  • Guaranteed full or part-time employment in a nursing role after successfully completing the programme
  • The Trust funds all fees associated with the programme ‘s training elements
  • Trainees receive high quality support and training from an experienced Practice Education Team and Nursing Mentors

*Student Nursing Times Awards 2017 - Return to Practice Course of the Year*

Following the unprecedented success of our first four cohorts, we’re inviting applications from former nurses who’ve left the profession, wish to retrain and ‘return to practice’ whilst earning a wage.

We’re seeking motivated, enthusiastic nurses with a passion for delivering high standards of patient focussed care. Return to practice nurses receive full NHS benefits including paid holidays, staff benefits, on-site parking and, on completion of the course, will be guaranteed a full or part-time Band 5 Staff Nurse position. We have a range of opportunities across many specialities, including general & specialist surgery, rehabilitation, medicine & emergency care wards,.

Successful applicants will work alongside established nursing mentors, whilst updating existing skills and learning new ones in our School of Nursing. The programme is designed to fit around the personal and professional needs of former nurses interested in resuming their career.

The study element of your training is expected to last 20 weeks. The amount of time spent on wards will depend on how long you’ve been out of practice but as a minimum you’ll need to undertake 100 hours of clinical practice; our expectation is that this is undertaken through at least two shifts per week. During the re-training period, you’ll receive pay of £17,787 per annum, pro-rata to the number of hours you work.

Please note:The first four weeks of the programme, students will be required to attend full time. The first two weeks of University based study will be at The Riverside Campus in Chester. The second two weeks, students will be on site at Leighton Hospital in the School of Nursing, with the practice education team learning MCHFT specific clinical skills and pathways. This approach has proven incredibly successful in preparing our students for a very slick and prepared route back into clinical practice. Following this initial period, individuals wishing to work part-time can reduce their hours (minimum 22.5hrs per week).

Testimonial from Sharon Harrison, who retrained with the Return to Practice Programme:

I first became aware of the programme from a friend who had heard about it on the radio. I then looked at the Leighton Hospital website and found some information and contact details. I was attracted by the way the course was being advertised, particularly as it stated that it didn’t matter how long you had been out of nursing, that there would be a salary while re-training, and the promise of guaranteed employment on completion of successful re-registration.

I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1990 and had last worked in this role in 2002. I regretted leaving the profession and had looked into returning several times. However, I was deterred by the combined factors of a two-stage process of applying to a university course and securing a clinical placement separately, and also not receiving a full-time income during the re-training period.

I emailed the hospital and received a prompt reply offering an informal appointment to speak to the lead nurse responsible for the course. I found the friendly attitude of staff reassuring when arriving at reception for the appointment as I was unfamiliar with the hospital. The initial discussion was useful and informative; I was given the outline of the programme and the reasons it came about were explained. We also generally chatted about returning to practice, my reasons for returning and my anxieties regarding the length of time I had been out of nursing. The application and interview process were relatively straightforward and again the availability and helpfulness of administration staff were supportive.

The way the programme has been run is excellent, having university days at the hospital and training sessions run by the Trust. During my time in the clinical area I usually work with my mentor. The ward staff have been extremely welcoming which has been an important factor. From the outset I've felt valued and part of the ward team. Being part of a group of nurses returning to practice has been useful as we can empathise and support each other, and during university days there is a chance to debrief. The whole course is very similar to the way I originally trained and I feel that the support given by the practice education facilitators, lead nurse and university lecturer has been invaluable.

I'd recommend returning to practice in this way as the whole way the programme is set up is to nurture and support. Even though the clinical environment can be demanding and tiring I'm thoroughly enjoying being a nurse again.


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  • Recruitment is based on the Trust's values and behaviours
  • Please provide a contact email address for referees
  • Appointments are subject to a 6 month probationary period
  • You will be required to pay for a DBS disclosure where the post requires one
  • MCHFT does not reimburse travel to interview expenses
  • Should you require a reasonable adjustment to our recruitment process, please contact or tel. 01270 273937 to discuss

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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