Website AWPNHS Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

NHS Mental Health Trust

Are you a Mental Health or Learning Disability Nurse who is looking to return to practice and re- join the NMC professional register? If the answer is yes, then Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is offering an exciting opportunity for you to undertake a Return to Practice Programme for Registered Nurses.

The theoretical element of the Return to Practice course start in September 2021 at  University West of England (UWE) at the Glenside Campus.

You will be offered a placement(s) in one of our clinical areas  to complete your practice requirements, where you will receive support and supervision and an assigned a practice assessor. The Return to Practice Programme (RTP) prepares you for re-entry onto the professional register and is an essential requirement for returning to practice and take between 4 and 8 months. You will need to complete 450 hours on clinical placement. Weekly placement hours to be negotiated at interview and with practice to enable you to work with your practice assessor and regain your skills.

Whilst undertaking the RTP course you will be employed by Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust on an honorary contract, we cannot guarantee a post on completion; however there are usually plenty of employment opportunities available Trust wide in both inpatient areas and community teams for both Mental Health and Learning Disability Nurses.

As part of the programme you will receive a bursary funded through Health Education England of  £500  for Return to Practice Nurses. All Return to Practice hours are unpaid but there is also the potential opportunity for you to work as a health care assistant through the AWP Bank whilst undertaking the course.

The next course commences in September 2021. Teaching will likely to be delivered via an online platform. The interview will likely take place on Monday 19th July 2021 via Microsoft Teams but this may be subject to change.

In order to be considered for this exciting programme, please complete the on line application form.

More information on the Return to Practice course can be found on the Health Education England website.


At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community.  We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

To apply for this job please visit