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Return to Practice Nursing

Job Reference: 841-19-253-BR

Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust
Community Hospitals - Various locations
£1000 bursary

In September 2017, we announced that our Trust Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust and 2Gether NHS Foundation Trust (2gether) were planning to join. From October 2019, we hope to be one organisation providing integrated community mental health, physical health and learning disabilities services. The new Trust will be called Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust.

We are already working closely together but the benefits we really want for our communities can best be achieved if we become a single trust, delivering outstanding integrated physical and mental health care.

The aim of the proposed merger is to improve our services and ensure we are providing the most appropriate and seamless information, support and treatment for people with mental health issues, physical health problems or learning disabilities. It will mean we can help people as a ‘whole person’, not just separate conditions or symptoms. As healthcare professionals in the new Trust, you will be able to ensure better outcomes for service users which we know is really important to all clinical, medical and support professionals alike. For colleagues, it will also provide more opportunity to develop and realise your potential.

While our overall name will become Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, services in Herefordshire will be given their own, separate, name, which will be Herefordshire Mental Health and Learning Disability Services.

The details of the merger will be finalised early September and the Trusts hope to be one organisation from 1st October 2019.

Both Trusts are high performing with ‘good’ CQC ratings and strong financial foundations.


Bursary: £1000

Job Type: A placement opportunity

Hours: 100 – 450 Placement hours (dependent on lapsed time from NMC Register

Location: Placement within Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, Community Hospitals, Community Nursing (dependent on previous experience).

Course attendance will be required at The University of West of England (UWE) Gloucester

Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust is offering return to practice placement opportunities for Nurses (Adult). Applications are welcome from candidates who have had a break from Nursing, including those with lapsed NMC registrations. Placement offers will be conditional upon candidates also being accepted by The University of The West of England Return to Practice Programme.

For Adult Nursing the placement opportunities will be based in our Community Hospitals and Community Nursing teams (dependent on previous experience).You will be supported and supervised by an experienced mentor who will work with you to achieve the learning outcomes of the Return to Practice Programme. Successful completion of the programme includes achieving the NMC competency standards in the practice setting and passing a written assessment which will enable your reinstatement to the NMC register.

The academic element of the Return to Practice Programme will be delivered by The University of the West of England at the Glenside campus, Bristol. The programme is taught over 6 days and involves a variety of learning activities including a session in the simulated clinical area to practice clinical skills.

Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust will endeavor to offer substantive posts to those applicants who successfully complete the programme including to achieving a pass from the UWE Examination Board and NMC registration and successfully completing the programme, we seek employees who are committed to Gloucestershire Care Services and to providing high quality care to its patients.

Gloucestershire Care Services Return to Practice opportunity has limited spaces which are funded by Health Education England through a bursary, we would ask that you ensure you are fully committed to the duration and demands of the course. Gloucestershire Care Services will be investing their efforts during your return to practice to make it an enjoyable and valuable experience, where you will feel supported and ready to return as a NMC registered professional. All we ask of you is for your commitment and certainty that this is the appropriate time to dedicate yourself to the theory and practical elements of the programme.

For further information regarding the recruitment and interview process, as well as the practical/clinical elements of the programme please contact Aneeka Smith 03004218682

For further information on the academic element of the program please contact '' /01173 288973. Please see the attached 'Additional Information'

Further information for return to practice can be found on the Nursing and Midwifery council website. There are new NMC education standards (May 2018) which you may find helpful reading if you are considering applying for this post.

The COMPULSORY return to practice university study days are as follows below:

Tuesday 24thSeptember - Glenside campus

Wednesday 25thSeptember - Glenside campus

Tuesday 15thOctober 2019 - Glenside campus

Tuesday 12thNovember 2019 - Glenside campus

Friday 10thDecember 2019 - Glenside campus

Tuesday 7thJanuary 2020 - Glenside campus

Short-listing Date: Thursday 28th August 2019

Interviews Date: Friday 2nd September 2019 at Stroud Hospital in the Post Graduate room.

This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check with an Adult Barring List check. Successful candidates are expected to undertake a DBS check at their own cost and sign up to the DBS update service.

The Trust aims to promote a culture of inclusion, where colleagues understand and celebrate the diversity and different perspectives of our service users and colleagues.

The Trust is a safeguarding employer committed to the safeguarding and promotion of welfare of children, young people and adults at risk. The trust expects colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment. The Trust is committed to safe recruitment practices to protect children and adults at risk, and any appointment will be subject to satisfactory clearance relevant to the post.

For customer-facing roles all applicants must be able to demonstrate that they can communicate in English with confidence.

Successful candidates are expected to self-fund either an enhanced or standard or basic DBS check, and sign up to the DBS update service if required for the role.

Candidates are advised to monitor their NHS jobs as initial feedback will be through their account. Interview dates will usually be advised to shortlisted candidates within 2 weeks of the closing date. This is not always the case and so if candidates have not had any feedback from their application, they can call the Recruitment Team on 0300 421 8602.

Subsequent offers of employment will be via NHS jobs followed by communication via email and hard copy letters.

Please note that if you are successful in your application and you have previously worked for an NHS Trust, Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust will request confirmation of your previous NHS service from your last NHS employer via the inter authority transfer system to verify service, pension, sick pay entitlement and pay grade.
Your permission will be sought at application and /or later in the process.

Applicants should note that all appointments to 2gether NHS Foundation Trust (excluding Medical Staffing appointments) are subject to the completion of a satisfactory 6 month probation period.

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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