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Return to Practice Nurse

Salary: Band 4 - raising to Band 5 + Generous holidays, Pension
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Winsley, Wiltshire
Posted date: Tuesday 02 April 2024
Closing date: Sunday 14 April 2024
Start date: ASAP
Applications for this vacancy have now closed

Please note that this is an internal position, and is only available to current Dorothy House staff. External applicants will be automatically rejected.

Are you interested in returning to the Nursing profession? We have an exciting opportunity for you to come and work at band 4 as a return to practice nurse, with our In Patient Unit Team.

RETURN TO PRACTICE NURSE | Band 4 £25,147 - £27,596 per annum
(Raising to band 5 following completion of regaining your NMC pin)

We are looking to recruit Nurses who have let their NMC pin lapse as a band 4 Return to Practice Nurse

On completion of regaining your NMC pin you will transition to a band 5 position on our In Patient Unit and will be offered the opportunity to join our University accredited preceptorship programme.

See our full detailed Job Description below for more information


We have full and part time positions available.


Due to the community based nature of the role, the post holder will need to hold a full UK driving licence with access to a vehicle.

Essential requirements:

  • To have previously held an NMC PIN as a Registered Nurse
  • Committed to complete the Return to Practice programme at the University of the West of England
  • Experience (through placement or employment) of working in a palliative care clinical environment
  • Experience with using electronic patient records systems.
  • Self-motivated and able to work under own initiative and prioritise workload
  • Personally resilient and able to manage complexity and work in an ambiguous or changing environment
  • Excellent presentational, communication and interpersonal skills. To also have Intermediate IT skills
  • Work with enthusiasm and genuine interest within the multidisciplinary team
  • Able to effectively and appropriately escalate concerns to reduce risk and promote patient safety. Recognising own limitations/level of competence/learning needs

Desirable requirements:

  • Evidence of post registration professional development


Interviews will be conducted at the end of April.

Please contact Julie Taylor (Workforce Development Manager) or Marika Hills (Deputy Director of Patient and Family Services) for further information

Please note that this is an internal position, and is only available to current Dorothy House staff. External applicants will be automatically rejected.


Required skills for this position

At Dorothy House, the principles of equality, diversity and inclusivity are central to our work as an outstanding care provider and employer. They are inherent in our values where we care, we connect and we create. We recognise the diversity of the people who deliver our services and the people who receive them. We believe that by building a diverse workforce, underpinned by a culture of respect, we will create an environment where everyone will have access to receive outstanding care and support from Dorothy House, regardless of characteristic.

Our 2021 Services Review identified how we need to work differently to achieve our strategic mission to ensure that “everyone has access to outstanding palliative and end of life care” and has presented us with an opportunity to improve on the “community development” work of the past and engage differently with our communities for the benefit of our patients, carers and families. Put another way, this is our moment ‘to do things differently’ and we are embracing this through Asset Based Community Development. We expect all staff to embrace this strategy and we will provide training accordingly.

What happens next

Step 1

Your application will be processed. One of the team from Dorothy House may contact you to discuss your application further

Step 2

If selected, you will be invited to attend an interview

Step 3

We will keep you informed of the progress of your application throughout the selection process

Elaine Kynaston - healthcare professional talking with patient
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Elaine Kynaston, Dorothy House carer

Dorothy House is at the end of a phone whenever you need advice or reassurance. There’s just something about all the staff – they’re so approachable.

Angela Selman, DH patient, 2022

I was a Hospice at Home carer for thirty years. I think we all feel privileged to do it. It’s an honour to be with people at the very end of life.

Maggie Matthews, Dorothy House carer

I cannot put into words what a difference your carers made at such a dark time, and I will always be truly grateful.

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Sue Spanswick, Dorothy House carer

It sounds a cliché, but every day really is totally different and I get to work with some amazing people

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I really wanted to work for Dorothy house after seeing first-hand the quality of care they provided. I applied for hospice at home carer role, and was thrilled to be offered a position.

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My role at Dorothy House feels more meaningful than any of my previous corporate experience. Things here really matter, and it is so rewarding playing my part in helping us be there for patients and families

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