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Return to Practice Nurse


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Practice Development and Education
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Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
31/05/2018 23:59

At NNUH it is our privilege to provide healthcare to over one million people across Norfolk and surrounding areas. Our vision is to ‘provide every patient with the care we want for those we love the most’, and if this inspires you and you share our values, we really want you to join our team. 

Our values support our vision and guide the behaviour of everything we do, these are:.


We look after the needs of our patients, carers and colleagues, to provide a safe and caring experience for all.


We act with care, compassion and kindness and value others’ diverse needs.


We take an honest, open and ethical approach to everything we do.


We work as one team and support each other to maintain the highest professional standards.


We continuously learn and improve to achieve the best outcomes for our patients and our hospital. 

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The Return to Practice Programme is jointly provided by the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NNUH).

The Return to Practice (RtP) team welcomes applications from nurses:

- Whose registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) has lapsed having not practiced in the last 3 years or more

- Who wish to seek employment with the NNUH upon successful completion of the programme

- Who wish to return to the Adult or Child part of the NMC Register

A number of nurses have successfully returned to practice despite not being registered as a nurse for 10 years or more. The programme aims to give you the confidence to adapt to changes in practice thus enabling you to re-awaken the knowledge you have and to benefit from the wealth of experience that you will have gained in those intervening years.

How long is the Return to Practice programme?

- The programme length is variable accordingly to how long you have been out of practice

How much time is spent in the classroom?

- The RtP programme consists of 6 study days delivered approximately one day per fortnight over a 10 week period

Is there any on-line learning?

- Yes, you will need to complete the equivalent of four days on-line learning whilst on the RtP programme

How much practice do I need to complete in order to re-register with the NMC?

- Guidance from Health Education recommends the following:
- 3 to 7 years out of clinical practice – 150hrs (20 x 7.5 hour days)
- 8 to 10 years out of clinical practice – 200hrs (27 x 7.5 hour days)
- 10 to 15 years out of clinical practice – 275hrs (37 x 7.5 hour days)
- 15 years or more – 375hours (50 x 7.5 hours)

How many hours a week does the course involve?

- You need to complete 15 hours clinical practice per week
- Each week you will need to attend either a study day (at University); undertake on-line learning activity
- You will also need to undertake personal study; this will be supported by one of the RtP Lecturers or your mentor in clinical practice

Where will you get your clinical experience?

The practice element of the programme is undertaken in one clinical setting. We aim to offer you a placement in an area in which you may have had previous experience and are most likely to feel comfortable. You will be supernumerary and therefore able to concentrate on your learning needs. There is a degree of flexibility in negotiating your shifts but you will need to consider undertaking sufficient hours each week (15 hours) to make the placement a worthwhile learning experience.

Interviews will be conducted by a panellist representing the Practice Development & Education department at the NNUH, as well as the Return to Practice Programme lead for the UEA.

Please note: there is no Job Description or Person Specification for the Return to Practice Programme - please use your supporting statement to demonstrate why you would be suitable for this programme and for employment with the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The Trust provides a full range of acute clinical services, including the busiest Emergency Department in the East of England and specialist services such as Oncology and Radiotherapy, Trauma and Orthopaedics, Plastic Surgery, Ophthalmology, Renal Medicine, Rheumatology and a Hyperacute Stroke Unit. The Older People’s Emergency Department, our revolutionary new service, opened in 2017 and the Gastroenterology team will be moving to the purpose built Quadram Institute, opening later this year - a world class facility for food and health research.

The NNUH is in the heart of East Anglia, Norwich is one of the most vibrant and attractive cities in Europe. It is the perfect location to enjoy the contrasts of one of England’s most picturesque counties with glorious open countryside, traditional villages, the unspoilt tranquility of the Norfolk Broads, beautiful beaches and the vibrant historic city of Norwich. Norwich with its magnificent cathedral and cobbled streets is ranked in the UK’s Top 10 shopping cities and is popular for the arts, culture, music, nightlife, and tourism.

Open for applications: 16th May 2018

Close for applications: 31st May 2018


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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Stevie Savage or Samantha Browne, Practice Development Nurses on 01603 289030 or 286633 or email or

If you have problems applying, contact

01603 287578