Return to Practice Nurse – Royal Free and Barnet Hospital Band 3 to Band 5 Speciality: General

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Return to Practice Nurse – Royal Free and Barnet Hospital

Band 3 to Band 5

Main area General Medicine Grade Band 3 to Band 5 Contract Permanent Hours Full time – 37.5 hours per week Job ref 391-RTP-B5-SR-E

Employer Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust Employer type NHS Site All sites Town London Salary £21,730 – £32,934 per annum exclusive of HCAS Salary period Yearly Closing 30/07/2023 23:59

Our trust has around 10,000 staff serving 1.6 million patients. It comprises Barnet Hospital, Chase Farm Hospital, the Royal Free Hospital and more than 30 services in the community. This larger scale organisation provides an unprecedented opportunity for us to continue our pioneering work, particularly in finding ways to deliver even better care to our patients.

Our mission is to deliver world class care and expertise in our clinical services, underpinned by world class teaching and research and we will continue to measure our progress against our five governing objectives: excellent outcomes, excellent patient and staff experience, excellent value for taxpayers’ money, being safe and meeting our external duties, and building a strong organisation.

Everyone is welcome at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. We’re proud of our diversity and we continue to undertake new initiatives to advance equality for LGBT+, BME, gender equality, staff carers and people with disabilities and lived experiences to promote good relations and understanding between our staff.

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Job overview

Are you an Adult Nurse whose Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration has lapsed? Are you interested in returning to a career in nursing?

We are offering the opportunity to work as a Band 3 Return to Practice Nurse while you complete a ‘Return to Practice’ course at one of our partner universities starting in January 2022. Successful completion of the course will allow you to apply for NMC registration and to obtain a Band 5 Staff Nurse post in our organisation.

Indicate in the additional information section of the application form your preferred hospital site from:

Barnet Hospital – Barnet

Royal Free Hospital – Hampstead

Your placement area is a subject to successful joint interview and assessment with the university and the trust.

Please note you must have secured a place on the RtP course before applying for this post. Your placement will depend on individual preference and service needs, therefore, you could be offered a post at any of our sites.

Main duties of the job

The main duties for this role are described in detail in the job description and person specification document, that is attached to this vacancy. Please ensure to read through to further your understanding of the role.

Working for our organisation

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s biggest and most innovative trusts. Across three main hospitals, our dedicated army of staff care for over 1.6million patients, treat more than 200,000 in A&E, deliver over 8,000 babies and carry out more than 17million tests.

Our size, scale and influence offer you unrivalled career opportunities and a forward-thinking approach to working that works around your lifestyle. From flexible hours and generous benefits, to next level training, we make it easier to take your career to the top

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


  • Maintain a professional behaviour at all times and promote a positive image of Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust at all times, in line with World Class Care values.
  • To assist the staff in the delivery of direct patient care.
  • To undertake skilled nursing activities for which training and competency assessment has been undertaken.
  • To assist the nursing staff in maintaining patients well-being and dignity in a safe environment and in maintaining patient confidentiality and privacy.
  • To understand and adhere to all relevant trust policies and procedures.
  • To prioritise care as appropriate.
  • To demonstrate good communication skills when dealing with patients, relatives and members of the multidisciplinary team utilising sensitivity, empathy and ability to manage conflict.
  • Contribute to effective and timely discharge planning.
  • To perform, understand and report patient risk assessments e.g. Nutritional assessment scores, Falls Assessment, Moving and Handling, Pressure Scoring Tool Assessment and Bedside Rails Assessment.
  • To demonstrate initiative and the ability to recognise/identify changes in a patient’s condition/treatment and report promptly to the registered nurse and medical staff as appropriate.
  • To act as a role model for student nurses and colleagues.
  • Report any concerns regarding patient’s well-being or safety to the nurse in charge.
  • To immediately escalate a clinical or non-clinical incident to the registered nurse.
  • To understand the principles of the Friends and Family Test and patient feedback and how it is used to improve and maintain an excellent patient experience.
  • Assist nursing staff with ward preparation for admission and to ensure the bay areas are appropriately cleaned on patient discharge or transfer.
  • Assist in orientating patients and visitors to the ward environment.
  • Ensure compliance with all aspects of Infection Control, Isolation and Food Hygiene policies.
  • Act in accordance with the NMC Code of Conduct.
  • To understand and support safeguarding principles for patients and escalate any concerns to the registered nurse.
  • At all times to respect patients’ privacy and dignity.
  • To contribute to the safe and therapeutic environment for all patients, relatives and visitors.
  • To communicate in an appropriate manner with patients and relatives at all times.
  • Assist with patients’ dietary needs as required.
  • Assist with all aspects of patients’ hygiene and personal needs as required.
  • Assist the nursing staff with moving and repositioning of patients within the Trust Manual Handling Guidelines as required.
  • Assist patients with mobilising as required.
  • Monitor and record patient’s observations; blood pressure, pulse, temperature, blood glucose monitoring and routine urine tests.
  • To measure and document patients’ height, weight and BMI.
  • Answering the telephone and relaying messages to the appropriate member of staff.
  • To participate in audit as appropriate keeping up to date with changing practices.
  • Ensuring the safekeeping of patient’s property in accordance with Trust policy.
  • To keep the general environment clean and tidy, being alert to possible sources of cross-infection, maintaining safe and clear walkways and bed areas, ensuring fire exits remain clear and equipment and supplies are stored correctly.
  • Assist with restocking ward supply levels and report when stock levels are low.
  • To ensure efficient use of resources.
  • Assist nursing staff in ensuring all equipment is stored correctly and is in working order.
  • To help with cleaning and maintenance of equipment, reporting any damaged or faulty equipment to the nurse in charge.
  • Working with the staff in facilitating patients’ admission and discharges
  • Identifying any issues with documentation and bringing it to the attention of the registered nurse.
  • Maintain patient confidentiality at all times.
  • To assist the nurses in keeping the medical records of patients safe and confidential.
  • To maintain clear, concise and legible documentation, adhering to standards in accordance with the NMC and Trust policies for the purposes of communication and audit.

Person specification

Royal Free World Class Values

  • Demonstrable ability to meet the Trust Values

Education & professional Qualifications

  • NVQ Level 3 or Diploma Level 3 or equivalent
  • Evidence of literacy and numeracy skills to GCSE or equivalent
  • Lapsed registration with NMC from parts 1 or 2 of the register
  • Willingness to undertake and complete the return to practice course at City University
  • Committed to own development as student nurse
  • Achievement of assessor training


  • Previous experience of working with patients in a hospital environment
  • Previous experience of team work
  • Previous experience as NMC registered nurse in hospital setting’ rather than experience of working with patients in hospital

Skills and aptitudes

  • Ability to learn new skills quickly
  • Ability to plan and prioritise workload
  • Ability to communicate and present written information clearly
  • Basic computer /key board skills
  • Ability to understand and undertake monitoring of patients’ vital signs
  • Competent in performing investigations & procedures e.g. ECGs, catheterisation, simple dressings

Personal Qualities & attributes

  • Has a caring, compassionate and professional nature
  • Committed to developing self and others
  • Diplomatic and calm
  • Ability to work as a team and form professional relationships with colleagues
  • Flexibility in shift and working patterns to meet the needs of the service

Getting vaccinated, and getting a booster, remains the best defence against COVID-19.
We encourage and support staff to get COVID-19 vaccine and a booster dose as and when they are eligible.

  • AT* – Apprenticeship Training . Where AT* is entered next to the job title indicates that this vacancy is for an apprenticeship role.
  • By applying for this role, you accept if successful, that your personal data may be transferred from the Trust to another NHS organisation where your employment transfers within the NHS. This is in accordance with the streamlining programme which aims at saving you time and improving efficiencies within the NHS when your employment transfers. Therefore we require you to complete your stat and Man e-learning modules prior to joining our organisation.
  • If you are an EU/EEA citizen who does not have EU Settlement or Pre-Settled status, you will require a visa to work in the UK. Please Note: We are unable to sponsor Band 2 to 4 as the salary does not meet the UKVI Points Based system threshold.
  • If you require sponsorship for a visa to work in the UK, to avoid disappointment, please check to ensure you are eligible under the UKVI points based system
  • If you are offered a role with one of the NLPSS partner trusts, as part of pre-employment checks your identity and right to work documentation will be verifiedremotely (in most circumstances), using a certified identity verification service provider TrustID. You will be asked to capture an image of the relevant documents as well as a “selfie” using your smartphone/tablet (if available) for facial matching. TrustID will also perform a digital address check using Trunarrative and Equifax, which is a soft check and does not leave a footprint on your credit rating. For more information, visit
  • The Trust uses electronic new starter forms on Trac to collect personal details. Information collected is securely stored and used to set up the employee record on the ESR HR system.
  • The Trust will request a DBS (CRB) if post involves regulated activities. The Trust is compliant with the Disclosure and Barring Service Codes of practice and the Rehabilitation of offenders act.
  • By applying for this post you are agreeing to Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are offered a job, information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system.
  • Please be aware of scams – unless specified above, we will only communicate with you via or e-mails and we will never ask you for any payments.

Applications are welcome from people wishing to job share or work flexible patterns. We are committed to equal opportunities.

Please note:

  • Due to the high number of applications that are received for some posts we may close this vacancy before the advertised closing date. Therefore please apply for this post as soon as you can, if you are interested and you meet the requirements of the Person Specification
  • Only those candidates who clearly demonstrate how they meet the person specification will be shortlisted for this job.
  • Interview arrangements will be communicated via email so please check your email regularly following the closing date.

Please be advised that due to exceptionally high demand, all Royal Free accommodation is at full capacity and waiting lists are being held. Average waiting times are 12 months. Please do not rely on Trust accommodation when you commence your role and ensure you investigate alternative accommodation for your arrival.

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You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Job Category: Health
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Chipping

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