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Job reference: 151265
Salary: Band 2 (£23,362 - £25,368)
Job closing date: 14/06/2023
Job Type: Nursing and Midwifery
Location: Lochview Hospital
Employment type: Various Contract Options
Hours Per Week: Up to 37.5
Job posted date: 31/05/2023
Employer (NHS Board): NHS Forth Valley
Department: Learning Disability Service

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Return to Practice programme: Learning Disabilities Nursing

Employment Type: Temporary Band 2 during programme, progressing to permanent band 5 on completion of programme.

Salary: Initial Band 2 (£23,362 - £25,368 per annum, pro rata) and on completion of the course will be aligned to Agenda for Change Band 5 (£30,229 - £37,664 per annum, pro rata).

This programme is an exciting collaboration with NHS Forth Valley and Glasgow Caledonian University.

NHS Forth Valley and Glasgow Caledonian University are excited to introduce a new Return to Practice programme, enabling all previously registered Learning Disabilities Nurses to return to the sector.  The programme will allow you to refresh your skills and return to Nursing.

The programme will be delivered in partnership with NHS Forth Valley and will prepare you for re-registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).  You will have access to a blend of online and face to face teaching as well as practical hands on experience with patients.

You will be recruited to the programme jointly between NHS Forth Valley and Glasgow Caledonian University.  The new programme will have a limited number of Scottish Government funded places and you will be employed by the NHS Board on a temporary contract throughout the return to practice programme and paid at an Agenda for Change Band 2.

You will complete a total of 300 or 450 hours of practice which will be dependent on the length of your lapse of registration and will be discussed individually with each candidate. The practice learning hours you complete each week can be flexible, full time or part time, but must be a minimum of 22.5 hours per week up to a maximum of 37.5 hours per week. You will remain a supernumerary member of staff and be working in the capacity of a student midwife whilst undertaking the Return to Practice Program. The course will guide a practical learning experience with NHS Forth Valley, with government funding available and the opportunity for you to return to practice.

You will have the opportunity to find the confidence and make the connections to get back to the career you loved.

Applications are invited from Midwifery with a lapse of registration for the Return to Practice programme commencing September 2023.

Entry requirements:

  • Evidence of current NMC Statement of entry
  • Declaration of any NMC Order (if relevant)
  • Following successful interview, undertake and complete all required pre-employment checks
  • Commitment to fulfil the programme requirements and remain within employment for a minimum of one year within NHS Forth Valley
  • Undertake the academic and practice elements of the programme without interruption

Our Commitment to you:

  • You programme fees will be paid in full
  • NHS Forth Valley will support you financially, meaning you will be paid as a Band 2 (£23,362 - £25,368 per annum, pro rata) for the duration of the programme
  • On successful completion of the programme you will be offered employment as a registered practitioner in a substantive post in NHS Forth Valley
  •  You will receive academic and practice learning support for the duration of your programme to facilitate your return to the NMC register

What happens next?

Applications are now invited from interested individuals who are seeking to re-join the NMC register.

Candidates will be required to apply to NHS Forth Valley and, following successful interview, to Glasgow Caledonian University.

Applications will be subject to a stringent short listing process with Glasgow Caledonian University and those shortlisted will be subject to a joint values based interview between NHS Forth Valley and Glasgow Caledonian University.

Please see below additional instructions to support completion of your electronic application for the employee model Return to Practice Programme.

In the section that refers to your previous employment please ensure all details of previous midwifery employment are included.  In the AFC Supporting Statement (Assessment Form A) you are directed to answer 3 questions. Within these questions please make comment on your:
•    Previous Nursing experiences, knowledge and skills
•    Other caring roles undertaken either in a professional, personal or voluntary basis
•    Motivation  behind  and expectations of returning to nursing practice
•    Understanding of academic requirements of the Return to Practice programme 

The duties of this post require the successful candidate to be a member of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme.  More information on this scheme can be found at

Please note that the majority of correspondence is sent by e-mail, therefore please check your e-mail regularly (including junk folders).

NHS Forth Valley is positive about disabled people and is committed to offering an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job.  Please contact the Recruitment Office on 0330 041 4694 if there are any reasonable adjustments we can make to assist you with your application and/or interview.

NHS Scotland is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best. To this end, NHS Scotland welcomes applications from all sections of society.

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