The Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is offering local nurses, midwifes and health visitors the chance to get back into work with its new Return to Practice programme.
Specifically designed for nurses, health visitors and midwives who have had a break from their profession, the free course offers the support, guidance and training needed to return to work.
Bursaries of up to £1,000 will be made available for those who choose to return to practice following the programme.
Run by the University of the West of England in Bristol, the programme takes place in October 2014, January 2015 and May 2015.
The course is made up of six study days including a session in a simulated clinical area to practice clinical skills and a two day induction with the Trust.
Shelly Knight, Pre-registration Manager at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “We know that returning to practice can be daunting, especially after a long break, which is why we will offer the support, guidance and training needed to develop a fulfilling and exciting career.
“Everybody on the course will be supported through the Nursing and Midwifery Council registration process. They will also be paired with an experienced mentor who can help develop that person’s confidence and skills while teaching them about our organisational values and behaviours.
“After successfully completing the programme you will be offered a diverse range of roles in both our acute or community teams.
“With around 5,000 staff, we are one of the biggest employers in the South West and there are few places to work as rewarding. We offer some great NHS benefits, including 27 days holiday, a generous pension, flexible working options and training and development opportunities. There is also an onsite nursery at the Great Western Hospital.”
The programme is just one of the ways Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is trying to increase the number of staff on its wards and in the community. An ongoing recruitment drive which kicked off in April last year has already attracted over 300 nursing and midwifery staff.