Return to Practice Nurse
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
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Are you a nurse (adult or paediatric trained) whose Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration has lapsed and want to re-join the register by seeking readmission but can't meet the practice hours and CPD requirements?
Or are you a nurse (adult or paediatric trained) on the NMC register and want to renew registration but can't meet the practice hours and registration requirements?
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells (MTW) NHS Trust would like to help you return to practice.
This is an exciting opportunity for enthusiastic candidates wishing to return to the nursing profession in an acute Trust. MTW has two hospitals in Kent -- Maidstone Hospital at Barming, and Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury.
The first step in returning to practice is to secure a job with the Trust as a Return to Practice Nurse.
During your Return to Practice training you will be employed in a substantive Band 4 post which will progress to a Band 5 Staff Nurse position on successful completion of the course and re-registration with the NMC.
Full time and part time posts are available (the minimum hours recommended for part time are 22.5 hours if part time per week to enable university/OSCE training attendance and effective practice experience).
Main duties of the job
We can support you via 2 routes:
- Return to Practice Course
We can offer placements for lapsed adult and paediatric nurses undertaking a Return to Practice (RTP) Programme with one of our local universities (Canterbury Christ Church University, University of Brighton and University of Greenwich).
- NMC Test of Competence (made up of two parts: a multiple-choice computer based test (CBT) and a practical test known as the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). For more information about this route, please see NMC link:
We can support you through our structured in-house OSCE Preparation training - currently available for adult nurse pathway.
If you are unable to commit to a substantive Return to Practice Nurse contract, you can join us as Bank Clinical Support Worker until your decision to be supported with the RTP programme or OSCE training. This experience will enable you to:
- Update your clinical skills
- Make an informed decision about returning to practice, i.e. you will get to see what working in the NHS is like
- Adapt to travelling to the hospital and working shifts again
- Sample various clinical areas (this will help you to choose a placement for your RTP programme)
- Demonstrate your commitment to the Trust.
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is a large acute hospital Trust in the county of Kent.
The Trust provides a full range of general hospital services and some areas of specialist complex care to around 500,000 people living in the south part of West Kent and the north part of East Sussex.
The Trust's core catchment areas are Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and their surrounding boroughs. We work from two main clinical sites: Maidstone Hospital and Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury. Tunbridge Wells Hospital opened in 2011 and provides single rooms with en-suites for all in-patients - the first of its kind in the country.
We employ over 6,500 full and part-time staff in a huge range of clinical and non-clinical roles across both of our hospital sites.
On joining the Trust, you are expected to attend the Trusts 2-week induction programme. Once you commence employment, you will meet with the RTP Lead to identify an individualised pathway for your return to practice.
MTW Trust will provide you with a:
- Paid RTP clinical placement. While learning, you will be employed on Band 4 Agenda for Change pay within MTW.
- Practice assessor in the clinical area
- Upon successful completion of your preferred RTP route, you will be able to take up a substantive Band 5 Staff Nurse role in that same clinical ward/area.
To be short-listed, you must have been a Registered Nurse in the U.K. in the past, i.e. you must have been on the NMC Register at some point in time. Please include in your supporting information when your NMC registration expired. You may also indicate on your application form your preferred areas or specialism of work
Please note that appointment to this post will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check atenhanced level. (Enhanced level now includes regulated checks against vulnerable adults and children).
We are passionate in supporting our staff to develop and have great opportunities for career progression. We take equality and diversity seriously and seek to empower all diverse groups within our trust. We seek to develop a culture where diversity in all its forms is celebrated. We are committed to ensuring that women are empowered to work at all levels of management and that working patterns are as flexible as possible giving all members of staff opportunity to flourish in using their skills for our patients. We work across our trust to enable those who consider themselves to have a disability both visible and invisible to have access to all they need to thrive in their work environment. We work hard to embed an inclusive and accepting culture for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and non-binary staff. We have 78 nationalities working in our trust and we are proud of this. We are active in embracing the ethnic and cultural diversity in our trust. We work to empower people with any protected characteristic to have opportunities to work in an environment that helps them to contribute to the best of their ability, recognising and valuing the unique contributions each of us brings for best quality care and service to our patients. We are committed to supporting the delivery of the Equality Act with zero tolerance for any discrimination, harassment or victimisation of applicants and staff with these protected characteristics. MTW also has active Disability, LGBT+ and Cultural Ethnic Minorities Networks to bring staff together and in act positive change!
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Interview Date: Thursday 10th November 2022
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