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Return To Practice - Nursing

Band 3 Training Salary

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Band 3 Training Salary
22.5 - 37.5 hours a week
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All OUH Sites
£20,448 pro-rata per annum
20/03/2019 23:59
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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country. It provides a wide range of general and specialist clinical services and is a base for medical education, training and research.

The Trust comprises four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital and Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Headington and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury.

Our values, standards and behaviours define the quality of clinical care we offer and the professional relationships we make with our patients, colleagues and the wider community. We call this Delivering Compassionate Excellence and its focus is on our values of compassion, respect, learning, delivery, improvement and excellence. These values put patients at the heart of what we do and underpin the quality healthcare we would like for ourselves or a member of our family. Watch how we set out to deliver compassionate excellence via the OUH YouTube channel.


Many of our recruitment programmes use Value Based Interviewing to identify those who have the skills we seek, who share our values and who are able to deliver compassionate excellence from the outset. We know that this makes a significant difference to your job satisfaction and above all the outcomes and experience of our patients and their families.

For more information about our Values and Value Based Interviewing please visit www.ouh.nhs.uk/about/vision-and-values


‘Once you’re a nurse, you’re always a nurse, that doesn’t change. It’s something that’s inside you’. Return to practice graduate.

Are you an adult or children’s nurse with lapsed NMC registration? Would you like to come back to the profession in a supported environment?

Here at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust we have an exciting new opportunity for you to relaunch your career. We would like to invite you to work with us as a Band 3 Nursing Assistant for a period of up to six months before undertaking the Oxford Brookes University Return to Practice course in September as a paid seconded student. Candidates who successfully complete the programme and pass the pre-employment checks will be converted to a Band 5 nursing position in the Trust upon re-registration with the NMC. Our aim is to make you a safe, confident and competent practitioner.

Is it for me?

We know that deciding to come back to practice may seem daunting and that you might have been out of practice for a long time. We know that nursing has changed since you were last in practice. We want to support you in the transition back to a qualified nurse. Working as a Nursing Assistant will provide you with a refresher of fundamental nursing care and a sense of providing excellent care once again.

Additional benefits:

  • An automatic place on the September cohort Return to Practice course at Oxford Brookes University
  • Support of a dedicated Sign off Mentor during your course to help you with the practice assessment element of the course
  • Monthly clinical supervision support sessions with the Trust’s Return to Practice lead
  • Part time hours available
  • Continuing Professional Development opportunities
  • Placements available at John Radcliffe, Horton General, Nuffield Orthopaedic and Churchill hospital sites

The Return to Practice course

The university element of your return to practice is provided by Oxford Brookes University. During the 15 week programme you will be supported by both the university academically and the trust with the practical element. You will be required to complete 120 -200 hours in practice on your supporting ward completing competencies and a reflective essay. For further details of the course, please see


Your application

Please detail in your supporting information section which part(s) of the NMC register you were on, supply your NMC PIN number and state when your registration lapsed. Please indicate which clinical areas you would like to work in in the supporting information section. You must also complete the 500 word statement included in the Additional Documentation section of the advertisement.

Interview and selection

Your application will be reviewed by both Trust and University staff. You will be invited to attend an interview day that will cover both the academic and practice elements of your new career. The Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust believes in Values Based Interviews to select the right candidates for the right positions.

Supporting Information

Please complete a 500 word (minimum) statement of why you wish to be considered for the seconded route into return to practice, rather than just attending the course at Oxford Brookes University. As part of your Return to Practice requirements you will need to complete a university level course, marked at level 6. This statement will help us assess your writing style ready for this academic study.

Hours: 22.5 - 37.5 hours a week

If you have NMC Conditions of Practice requiring you to undertake a return to practice course, please email me with further details giving a telephone number for you so I can discuss these with you before the closing date.

Closing date: 20 March 2019

Interview: 25 March 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

Hayley Harvey

Learning Environment Lead

Learning & Education Team, First Floor, Manor House, John Radcliffe Hospital

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Headley Way, Oxford. OX3 9DU


Email : hayley.harvey2@ouh.nhs.uk   | T: 01865 743173 


Email  :  oxfordrtp@ouh.nhs.uk 

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01865 743462