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Return to Practice Nurse / AHP

Band 3

Main area
Nursing and AHP
Band 3
Training: 12 months (developmental post for the duration of RTP programme, up to maximum 12 months)
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Flexible working
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Medway towns
£21,730 - £23,177 per annum
Salary period
02/12/2022 23:59

Do you want to be part of an award winning and dynamic social enterprise that:

  • is renowned for providing high quality care and is ranked ‘Good’ by the CQC;
  • is a for-better-profit organisation, reinvesting any surplus back into our health and care services and our local community;
  • is friendly, ambitious, welcomes innovation and rewards excellence;
  • offers superior benefits; everything you get in the NHS and more;
  • and whose achievements reflect the passion, dedication and commitment demonstrated by our staff across all services?

Our vision is to be a successful, vibrant, community interest company that benefits the communities we serve. So if you want be a part of this, we would love to hear from you.

Job overview

Are you an experienced nurse or AHP who has been on a career break? Do you miss caring for patients? If you have let your registration lapse but would like to get back to working in healthcare, we can help.

Here at Medway Community Healthcare our staff are our biggest asset. We are always looking for committed healthcare professionals to join us.

We can offer you:

  • Funding course costs
  • Employment as an Healthcare Assistant or Rehabilitation Assistant dependent on professional background, B3 during your training. This will allow you to earn whilst you learn
  • Work directly with practice assessor / educators and supervisors
  • Protected learning time to attend university and complete placement hours (Nursing only)
  • Access to additional learning opportunities to achieve the NMC RTP competencies or HCPC requirements.
  • Access to regular clinical supervision and support from our Practice Development Nurses or AHP Education Lead
  • Preceptorship programme post programme completion
  • Access to clinical induction and competency development
  • Access to simulation learning in simulation suite.
  • Development opportunities
  • NHS pension and Annual leave

For further details please contact Practice Development Team via email MEDCH.Practicedevelopment@nhs.net

Or telephone 07816088734

Main duties of the job

This is a training post to allow completion of return to practice programme. You will work as part of the Nursing or AHP Team to deliver patient-centred care within our Inpatient/Palliative Care/Long Term Conditions or Community teams.

The Nursing post holder is required to complete an NMC validated Return to Practice Programme with either University of Greenwich or Canterbury Christ Church University:

  • Attending timetabled study sessions, as per university requirements and engaging in independent study
  • Completing minimum150-450 hours of supervised practice in their clinical placement, dependent on length of time away from practice, achieving all competencies.
  • Successfully passing both elements of the programme (academic and clinical).


The AHP post holder is required to develop clinical and professional competence to meet the standards of proficiency to be readmitted to the Health Care Professions Council register.

  • Complete HCPC recommended minimum requirements to update clinical skills dependent on length of time away from practice.
  • 2-5 years out of clinical practice – 30 days of updating your skills and knowledge
  • 5 years or over out of your profession – 60 days of updating your skills and knowledge.
  • Update your skills through supervised practise, formal study and self directed learning
  • Successfully being accepted onto the HCPC register.

Working for our organisation

  • This is your chance to join a progressive and innovative service in a social enterprise that is patient and staff focused - you’ll even have the opportunity to become an MCH shareholder.
  • We encourage staff to get involved in exploring new ways of working and service development.
  • We’ll provide well established, in-service training, one to one supervision, and appraisals with regular support.
  • You’ll be able to develop your skills in a friendly and supportive team.
  • MCH encourages all staff to be double COVID vaccinated to protect themselves, their colleagues, their family and their patients

So what are you waiting for? We can’t wait to hear from you, and look forward to receiving your application.

The small print

"Would you like to work flexibly?  In the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement which will not mean sacrificing time for personal interests or family commitments. We aim to support you to work flexibly in a way that will suit you and us." 

  • Informal visits can be arranged on request.
  • We will always appoint the best person for the job.
  • We will offer you the choice of two pension schemes; the NHS Pension scheme and the scottish widows group pension scheme.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Qualifications, training, knowledge and experience

  • Have a previous UK NMC registration with no previous NMC sanctions
  • Have previously been registered with the HCPC or have an approved qualification and never been registered. Not be part of any fitness to practise proceedings or sanctions.
  • Evidence of education achievements
  • Experience of working in health or social care setting
  • Ability to undertake the return to practice training programme.

Communication skills

  • Provide information to patients and their significant others with regards to their care and treatment under the supervision of registered AHP or Nurse.
  • Communicate with patients/clients and carers, using empathy and reassurance and where there are barriers to understanding learning to manage these accordingly, e.g. learning disabilities or language
  • To maintain accurate and confidential patient health care records
  • To build effective working relationships with the multi-disciplinary teams within and across providers, to meet patient and service needs
  • To provide, receive, interpret and communicate information with a range of health care professionals and personnel
  • To attend and participate in departmental meetings, handovers, ward rounds and care planning meetings as required

Analytical and judgemental skills

  • To recognise any limitations in own practice or theoretical knowledge base and to seek support as required to become competent
  • Using own judgements based of facts or situations. Assess patient/client condition through observations/ test results, assess comfort of patient/client, instigate emergency procedures

Planning and organisational skills

  • Organise own day to day work tasks or activities
  • To be accountable for own professional practice and be responsible for acquiring, developing and maintaining competencies and skills
  • To be accountable for completion of Return to Practice competency portfolio / practice Assessment Document

Physical skills

  • Developed physical skills e.g. for use of test equipment including blood pressure, blood glucose equipment.  Demonstrating and assisting patients with physical therapy.

Responsibility for patient care

  • Undertakes a limited range of delegated clinical duties relevant to work area; record patient observations, e.g. taking blood pressure, blood glucose monitoring, implement treatments within physio programme of care, facilitates group therapy sessions, provides individual support.
  • To demonstrate a range of clinical skills evidenced in a Return to Practice competency portfolio / Practice Assessment Document.

Responsibility for policy and service development

·       To work within national legislation and follow policies in codes of practice

·       To practice in accordance with local policies and guidelines relevant to practice

Financial and physical resources

·       To be responsible for equipment and resources used in the course of their work, including equipment for patient use.

Human resources

  • Assist in the development of clinical skills in practice to promote patient well-being and care
  • Support the work of supervisors/assessors in practice through working alongside learners
  • Support the work of Support Workers

Information resources

  • Undertake contemporaneous documentation within scope of practice maintaining confidentiality at all times
  • Contributes to updating patient records
  • Report and breaches of Information Governance in accordance with Trust policies

Research and development

  • Occasionally participate in research and audit activities that enhance, evaluate and influence patient care as required and when the opportunity presents itself

Freedom to Act

·       To practice within own sphere of practice and seeking support as needed

·       To assess, plan, implement and evaluate the care of patients, to meet their specific needs, under the supervision of registered AHP or Nurse

Effort factors

Physical effort:

Requirement for moderate physical effort on a frequent basis e.g. moving patients using mechanical equipment, re-positioning patients in awkward positions, pushing and pulling wheelchairs and trollies

Inputting at keyboard daily/use of VDU continuously


Mental effort:

Frequent concentration required for report writing, coaching, carrying out clinical interventions/treatment

Work pattern planned however on occasion unpredictable depending on patient needs


Emotional effort:

Frequent exposure to distressing circumstances e.g. dealing with upset patients and family members in community or inpatient setting, safeguarding issues

Dealing with staff and patients with emotional or challenging behaviour/situations

Occasional exposure to aggressive and/or verbal behaviour


Working conditions:

Frequent exposure to highly unpleasant working conditions e.g. bodily fluids, fleas, foul linen

Travelling to various sites across the organisation


Person specification

previous experience

Essential criteria
  • previous HCPC or NMC registration
  • University programme completed - Higher Degree or DipHE (nursing or AHP)
  • yeas of experience

NMC / HCPC registration

Essential criteria
  • reasons for leaving NMC or HCPC register

personal statement

Essential criteria
  • personal statement
Desirable criteria
  • duration since left register
  • reasons for leaving register

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Armed Forces CovenantApprenticeships logoNo smoking policyCare quality commission - GoodWorkplace Wellbeing Charter LogoDisability confident committedStep into health

Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Marcela Summoogum
Job title
Head of Clinical Education
Email address
Telephone number
Additional information

Hannah Smith - AHP Education Lead 

If you have problems applying, contact

MCH House
Bailey Drive
Gillingham Business Park