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Opportunity to Return to Practice

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Opportunity to Return to Practice

Somerset Partnership is working with University of West of England (UWE) to support people who wish to return to clinical practice.

You may wish to consider this if:

  • You are a Registered Nurse who has been out of practice for a while
  • Your Nursing and Midwifery (NMC) registration has lapsed
  • You want to return to nursing and use your skills
  • You need support to get back into nursing practice

Following a recent review by Health Education England (HEE) of the return to practice process, Somerset Partnership now works collegiately with University of West of England (UWE) to support people who wish to return to practice.

As a Trust we

  • Are looking to support someone through their return to practice who wishes to join our workforce.
  • Identify demand for education training places
  • Provide a placement
  • Ensure access to sign off mentor
  • Jointly recruit with UWE. This will entail an interview process with someone from the university, the placement manager and someone from the Practice Placement Team. The returnee will be asked to undertake a DBS check and have occupational health clearance.

The university will provide 3 cohorts for training per year and the returnee will need to attend one of these courses. The returnee is seen as a third year, final placement student, and as such will need to meet clinical competencies as well as the academic work set by the university.

The Trust will ensure the returnee is supported by a sign off mentor whilst on placement. On re-gaining their registration the Trust will support the returnee through a preceptorship programme.

In addition to being able to re-gain their registration and the opportunities which may unfold with this, there are incentives for the potential returnee, in a £100000 bursary, split into two halves, with the returnee receiving £50000 on commencement of the course and £50000 halfway through.

For further discussion please contact:

Craig Boothroyd, Learning Facilitator Lead

( Email address removed )

The Practice Placement Team, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, The Exchange (3rd Floor), Express Park, Bristol Road, Bridgwater, TA6 4RR

Contact Telephone Number:-  ( Phone number removed ) 

At Somerset Partnership, we offer some excellent benefits over and above the standard NHS benefits. Here are just some of them:

Refer a Friend scheme. We recognise that our staff are our most valuable resource. We are therefore keen for people with similar skills, experiences and approach to you to join our team. If you are already employed by us and have a friend or family member who you think would fit in with our culture and values, this scheme enables you to introduce them to the Trust.

If the introduction is successful and leads to your friend being appointed to a role within the Trust, you will both be entitled to an initial payment of £175 after your friend has been in post for three calendar months and a further payment of £175 each after they have been in post for a period of 12 calendar months.

Registration: The Trust welcomes newly qualified staff joining the team and will pay their registration for the first year that they are with the Trust.

Relocation assistance: The Trust already has in place a generous relocation scheme, subject to eligible applicants meeting the terms of the scheme. The full terms of the scheme can be found in the ‘Removal and Relocation Expenses Policy’ under ‘Human Resources’ on the public website.

Other benefits at Somerset Partnership include:

  • Excellent annual leave entitlement
  • NHS Pension Scheme
  • On site, free car parking in a number of our hospitals/units
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • National NHS discounts
  • Annual Staff Recognition Awards
  • Long service awards
  • Training and development
  • Flexible working practices and career breaks
  • Family friendly benefits
  • Salary sacrifice schemes

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

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