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Return to Practice Nursing and Occupational Therapy

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£21,730 to £23,177 a year pro rata
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Other allied health
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
Relocation package available
  • Are you a registered Mental Health or Learning Disability Nurse or Occupational Therapist whose registration is lapsed, but want to return to practice?
  • Can you use your skills and experience to help us deliver mental health and learning disability services that change and improve lives?

We are searching for experienced clinical registrants who would like to return to work in the NHS and re-register with the NMC or HCPC in the Devon area.

Successful applicants are required to meet with us prior to interview for an informal discussion about the requirements of the Return to Practice programme, and you may be asked to complete a short numeracy test and literacy exercise. Once these assessments have been completed your interview will be scheduled.

If successful with your application, you will begin to work with us immediately, under the supervision of a registered nurse/ Occupational Therapist and you will be enrolled into the soonest available course or training programme.

You will be supported by your clinical team and initially paid at band 3 until completion of your re-entry training. On successful completion of the Return to Practice Programme your post will automatically be converted to a Band 5 Staff Nurse/ Occupational Therapist role and you will receive your bonus (if applicable).

Main duties of the job

To be eligible for the programme you will need to provide evidence that you have been on the NMC/ HCPC register and that your registration has lapsed.

For nurses,quickest way to obtain this information is to register with the NMC Online service and print a copy of your lapsed registration status to bring to your interview.

For Occupational Therapists, we will support you to make your application on successful completion of the Return to practice programme.

The period of time to complete re-entry will be approximately 3-6 depending on your profession and individual needs. This will be discussed with you at the informal discussion.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health & learning disability services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile making time for people challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Nursing expectations

This 20 credit Blended Learning module is available at:
  • Degree level 6 for Nurses

On successful completion, you will be eligible to re-register with the NMC for your chosen Sphere of Practice.The NMC require Return to Practice students to undertake 450 hours of clinical practice in your chosen sphere of practice, Specialist Community Public Health Nurses will need to undertake part of the placement within your 1st sphere of practice.

The teaching team is drawn from Lecturers and Practice Educators from all fields of Nursing, Midwifery, Specialist Community Public Health Nurses and Service Users.

The theoretical aspect of the module will run alongside your practice placement over 16 weeks.

Practice Placement runs concurrently alongside Theory and can be undertaken part time. If you have recent,relevant health care experience you may be eligible for accreditation hours confirmed following discussion with you and your placement provider. Some Placement providers offer paid placements at a Health Care Assistant rate, others offer non-paid placements. If you are in a non-paid placement your will receive a �1000 bursary.

Level 6

At the end of the module you will be able to:
  • Critically appraise personal strengths and establish development needs through analysis of limitations recognising the importance of maintaining and developing professional competence.
  • Critically appraise the influence and impact of current legislation, clinical guidelines, and codes of practice, research and operational policy on practice.
  • Analyse and evaluate the current structure and organisation of care, nationally and locally.
  • Meet the NMC standards for proficiency for either registered Nursing Associates, Nurses, Midwives

Occupational Therapist expectations

Our return to practice offer for Occupational Therapists is flexible and tailored to your needs. The work that you will undertake in order to re-register on the HCPC register will depend on your professional needs, as well as the period of time your registration has lapsed. In all cases, the process will include a combination of supervised practice, self-directed study and formal study.

You will be supervised by an experienced Occupational Therapist in your place of work, who will work closely with you to set goals in line with HCPC and will observe your practice. You will be paid at band 3 pay scale and support the Occupational Therapy and wider team during your observed practice hours. You will then progress into a qualified Occupational Therapist role within Devon Partnership Trust.

You will be expected to commit the same working pattern and hours paid at band 3 during your period of return to practice on commencement of a qualified role within Devon Partnership Trust.

Person Specification



  • Been on the NMC / HCPC register and that your registration has lapsed.
  • A willingness to complete Trust Mandatory Courses (will be required to complete and undertake relevant Physical Interventions training with adjustments considered if required)

Knowledge and skills


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to form positive therapeutic relationships with service users, carers and other professional bodies.
  • Ability to assess situations, make decisions, co-ordinate and organise appropriate responses.
  • Have an awareness and ability to maintain personal boundaries.
  • Able to risk assess


  • Knowledge and skills in providing supervision
  • Knowledge of ordering, storing and administering required medications
  • Knowledge of possible side effects of medication
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1987 (including updates)
  • Knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act & Deprivation of Liberty safeguards
  • Awareness of the implications of long-term institutional care
  • Understanding of team dynamics
  • Basic knowledge of health legislation and current practice including CPA and risk assessment management
  • Awareness of legal restraints impacting on the rehabilitation of mentally disordered offenders



  • Experience of Adult and / or Older Persons mental health nursing and the nursing process


  • Experience of working with people with a diagnosis of dementia

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Wonford House

Dryden Road




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