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Return to Practice Nurse


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Practice Development and Education
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Full and part time available
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Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
27/08/2019 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 Norfolk and Norwich University hospital have exciting opportunities for nurses who’s registration has lapsed and who wish to return to acute nursing practice at the Hospital

The Return to Practice (RTP) programme is run jointly with our education partners the University of East Anglia (UEA) and University of Suffolk (UOS) and 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.

We welcome nurses from Adult, Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Child fields (unfortunately at present there is no local programme for the return of midwives). The main requirement is that you share our passion for patient care (PRIDE values) and wish to work at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on completion of the programme.


  • Your registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) has lapsed and you have not practiced as a Nurse in the last 3 years
  • You wish to seek employment as a band 5 nurse with the NNUH upon successful completion of the programme.

Placement information.

  • You will be registered as a student with the education provider and undertake your placement at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (placement area dependent on student capacity).
  • We strongly recommend (and in some cases require) that you join the Nurse bank as a Nursing Assistant prior to commencing the RTP programme. The length of time doing this will be dependent on the number of years out of practice and recent work experience. This will enable you to:
    • Gain valuable experience and insight into the current role of a Staff Nurse in the acute hospital.
    • Gain confidence in working in the current acute hospital environment and experience working in a range of clinical areas in the hospital.
    • Have an income whilst undertaking the RTP programme.
    • Develop relationships with managers in areas where you may wish to gain employment.
  • Your course fees will be paid and you will receive a £500 bursary when you commence the course
  • On completion of the RTP course you will be eligible to apply for a band 5 position within the Trust
  • You will be supported with our preceptorship programme during your first year

1. How long is the Return to Practice programme and how much practice do I need to complete in order to re-register with the NMC?

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

Guidance from Health Education recommends the following:

  • 3 to 7 years out of clinical practice – 150 hrs (20 x 7.5 hour days)
  • 8 to 10 years out of clinical practice – 200 hrs (27 x 7.5 hour days)
  • 10 to 15 years out of clinical practice – 275 hrs (37 x 7.5 hour days)
  • 15 years or more – 375 hours (50 x 7.5 hours)
  1. What is the structure of the programme?

You will undertake a week long induction at the start of the programme

You need to complete approximately 15 hours clinical practice per week (average 60 hours per 4 week period)

Each week for the first 10 weeks you will need to attend either a study day at University or undertake on-line learning activity

You will also need to undertake personal study and complete several assignments; you will be supported by the RTP lecturers, your mentors in clinical practice and the Clinical Educator team

  1. 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

  1. Where will I get my 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. However placement availability is dependent on total student numbers in that area. 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 undertake an average of 60 hours per month (15 hours per week) to make the placement a worthwhile learning experience and work the majority of these shifts with your assigned mentor.

  1. How do I apply?

The advert for RTP can be found on the hospital website under “working for us” or on the NHS jobs website. You will need to complete an application form and will be shortlisted if you meet the criteria.

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.

Please state clearly on your supporting statement which University you wish to undertake the RTP program UEA or UOS.

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 or UOS.

  1. What happens if I want to return to Nursing in another setting?

You should look for a RTP advert on the website of the organisation that you wish to work for. If this is not available contact the Education team in that organisation or you can get more information on RTP on the UEA and UOS websites.

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.

Opening Date for Applications: 7th August 2019

Closing Date for Applications: 27th August 2019 

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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 Nynke Hardy, Practice Development Nurses on 01603 289030 or 287678 or email or