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Return to Practice (Nursing)

Job Description

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust provides child and adult mental health services, alcohol treatment, learning disability, wellbeing and eating disorder services across Norfolk and Suffolk.

We are committed to delivering quality driven mental health services. Every individual makes a valuable contribution. We are proud of our staff who have been commended for the care they provide. Do you value working positively, respectfully and together? If so, we’d love you to join us!

Please follow this link to find out more in our Employee Handbook

Employee Handbook

Please read the job description/person specification carefully and ensure your application reflects the knowledge, skills and experience needed.

It is important that you complete a formal application form as CV’s alone will not be accepted.

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The Return to Practice programme is currently delivered twice a year in January/February and September and is jointly provided by the University of East Anglia and Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust. The Return to Practice (RtP) Team welcomes applications from Nurses who are not currently registered with the NMC having not practiced in the last 3 years. In recent years the course has accommodated nurses from Adult, Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Children’s Nurses.

Please note, UEA does not currently offer a Return to Practice course for Midwives or an adaptation course for overseas nurses.

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 East of England recommends the following:
  • 3 -7 years out of clinical practice – 150hrs (20 x 75 hour days)
  • 8 – 10 years out of clinical practice – 200hrs (27 x 75 hour days)
  • 10 – 15 years out of clinical practice – 275hrs (37 x 75 hour days)
  • 15 years or more – 375hours (50 x 75 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.

Is there any financial support?
This information can be obtained from Health Education East of England’s website.

Will there be job opportunities at the end of the course?
The Return to Practice programme prepares you for re-entry onto the professional register and is an absolute requirement for returning to practice. It does not lead automatically into a post but it will provide you with the knowledge and skills to look for a post in a variety of clinical settings. The Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation Trust is keen to recruit nurses to roles within the Trust on completion of the course but some successful students have also chosen to apply for positions in Primary Care or the Independent Sector.

What should you do now?
If you would like to know more about the programme before applying, please call or email

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation Trust

Dawn Collins - Deputy Director of Nursing

Phone:  ( Phone number removed ) 

Email: ( Email address removed )

We look forward to helping you to return to practice.

Please note: Job description is subject to change.

Follow this link to the employee handbook

Employee Handbook

Apart from its legal duties in relation to equality and diversity, the Trust recognises and actively promotes the benefits of a diverse workforce and is committed to treating all employees with dignity and respect regardless of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

Additionally, people with disabilities that fall under the Two Ticks - Guaranteed Interview Scheme will be offered an interview providing they meet the minimum criteria for the post (outlined in the Person Specification).

FOR POSTS WITH DIRECT SERVICE USER CONTACT - Please be advised that due to recent changes in the DBS Service, organisations no longer receive copies of DBS Disclosures – these are sent directly to candidates only. Therefore, it will be your responsibility, if successful, to ensure that this is taken to the appointing officer as soon as you receive it.

Alternatively, if you have subscribed to the update service, we will be able to check your status once we have your authority to do so.

The Trust has now introduced a DBS Update Service which is a contractual requirement. You need to subscribe when you have applied for your DBS clearance and there is a time limit to subscribe of 19 days after receipt of your DBS disclosure. Please ensure that this is completed within the set time scale.

This update service is an annual subscription at a cost of £13 to you. This will enable the Trust to have instant online access to your DBS record, with your consent, and so will remove the need for you to have to apply for this repeat check again.

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.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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