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Return to Practice Programme

NELFT Return to Practice programme is to support nurses, who have previously left the profession, to regain their Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration and to return to practice (RtP).

We invest a lot in equality and diversity making sure the workforce is as representative as the patients we look after this gives me a sense of belonging and is one of the reasons I love being at NELFT so much.

– Silobile Moyo, Community Rehab Lead

Silobile Moyo - NELFT Practitioner

I am so proud to work in a career I love.
I am so proud to work in the NELFT community.

– Georgina, Senior Occupational Therapist

Georgina - NELFT Practitioner

I’m really supported in my current team from accessing training and professional development to socialising. I’m lucky enough to call many of my colleagues friends and we enjoy socialising when we are able to.

– Jacqui Moody, Occupational Therapist

Jaquie - NELFT Practitioner

I’ve been at NELFT for 20 years, I’ve stayed in NELFT for as long as I have because the values of this organisation are in line with my own beliefs, putting people first, prioritising quality, are key to the way I work and live. Everything we do at NELFT is about making a difference to the population we serve.

-Wellington Makala, Executive Chief Nurse.

Wellington - NELFT Practitioner

Training is encouraged and well supported across the trust and everyone has great development opportunities, particularly with pilot projects, interim roles and external training.

-Nick Bertram, Occupational Therapist  

Nick - NELFT Practitioner

NELFT are as committed to the staff as they are to the patients, there’s a strong emphasis on looking after our own mental health and you can access things like support groups and yoga sessions which really helps.

– Rukshana, Occupational Therapist

Rukshana - NELFT Practitioner on pink background

Every day is different and that’s one of things I love about this job. You never know what you’re coming into, but you always feel supported by the wider team to make those big decisions for your patients.

-Catherine Manderson, Crisis Team Manager, Kent & Medway.

Catherine - NELFT Practitioner

NELFT Nursing Return to Practice Process

  • Returner completes initial application with education provider.
  • Education provider refers application to the Trust.
  • Returner is invited to a joint NHS values-based interview with the education provider and NELFT.
  • Once the returner has secured a place on NELFT RtP programme with one of our university partners and following a successful joint interview, they will be offered a 6-month fixed contract of employment.
  • The individual will then be on the programme by the education provider and employed as a returner by the trust, paid at a Band 3.
  • In line with Trust polices there is a 6-month probationary period.
  • The gold standard for placement will be followed by NELFT including protected study time for students, to maximise learning opportunities and provide the best chance of successfully completing the programme.

Bernadette - Community Nurse

What happens after Completion of the Return to Practice Programme?

  • Once the returner has successfully completed their RtP programme and whilst waiting for their NMC registration, they can seek suitable employment at Band 5 within their speciality in NELFT.
  • A preceptorship programme will be provided on employment as a registered nurse.
  • The returner will not be required to undertake the full interview process but will meet with the service manager for a vacancy review, to assess suitability of taking up that post.
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Education Providers

NELFT works in partnership with the following HEIs. To initiate the return to practice application process please contact one of the universities below:

Anglia Ruskin University

The contact person Karen Pym and her email is: karen.Pym@anglia.ac.uk

Christchurch University

The contact person is Kate Devis and her email is: kate.devis@canterbury.ac.uk

City University

The Contact Person is Maria lynch and her email is: maria.lynch@city.ac.uk

NELFT Contacts

For further information please contact:

Paul Burcombe – Practice Experience Facilitator / Return to Practice Lead: paul.burcombe@nelft.nhs.uk

Isabella Jones – Practice Experience Facilitation Manager: Isabella.Jones@nelft.nhs.uk

Return to Practice / Placements Team Mailbox: pefs@nelft.nhs.uk

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