Nurses, midwives, HCAs, AHPs and healthcare scientists

Pre registration development

Working in partnership with local universities and colleges we provide a supportive learning environment for students in training across a number of professions.

Post registration development

We support registered practitioners in their continuing professional development by offering a varied post registration programme of development through our in-house training and through partnership working with other organisations.  

Preceptorship Programme

For more information please about our preceptorship programme please click here.

Return to Nursing

We offer a Return to Practice (RTP) programme for nurses wishing to rekindle their nursing career. This programme is run in partnership with the University of Southampton.

By successfully completing the RTP programme it will enable you to return to the appropriate part of the NMC register and enter clinical practice as a safe, competent practitioner who is able to be accountable and provide a high standard of care.

We provide 150 hours of clinical placement, this runs alongside tutored sessions provided by Southampton University.

We run two 20-week programmes each year, beginning in March and October. Successful candidates will be employed by the Foundation Trust on an honorary contract. Currently the course fees are being paid by Health Education England (Wessex office). You will also receive a £500 bursary to help towards travel and study costs.

We guarantee a job for eligible graduates on completion of the programme and we help you further training and development if that is what you want.

To find out more about the Return to Practice programme please contact:

Sharon Goodchild, Workforce Development Facilitator on 01962 824316 or

Health Care Assistant development

We are committed to developing the skills and knowledge of Health Care Assistants, through CQF qualifications (were NVQs) and apprenticeships, from recruitment continuing throughout their employment. We also support staff onto programmes to become registered practitioners as part of their continuing development in healthcare.

Opportunities exist for Healthcare Support Workers (HCSW) currently employed by HHFT to apply for a salary supported place on the Open University pre-registration nursing programme (PRNP). This degree programme has been approved by the NMC as a recognised route to become a registered nurse.

This qualification is only offered by the Open University (OU) in association with partnering employers. You cannot fund this study yourself.
The OU PRNP is practice based, with the academic component of the programme studied via on-line learning.

Potential applicants must be working in healthcare practice in a caring role where mentors are available. Successful applicants will have been employed by the Trust as a HCSW for at least 6 months prior to applying.

Applicants will need to discuss their interest in undertaking the PRNP via the Open University with, and have the support from, their line manager and senior manager (budget holder). This discussion will take place usually at a professional development review / appraisal. There are a limited number places on the programme and these are offered following a selection process. All shortlisted applicants will be invited to a face-to-face interview as required by the NMC.

Course details
For further information please visit the OU website:

You can also contact Gabrielle Clarke, Workforce Development Facilitator 


updated 4 August 2015

Contact Us

For all enquiries please contact the Education Centre

01962 824741

Return to Practice

"I was hesitant about my return to practice having been out of nursing for 15 years, but the transition has been fantastic for me. I have had more support than I anticipated from my mentors during my placement and couldn’t fault the university teaching, I  enjoyed my return to practice and have since been promoted to Band 6 in a very short space of time, something that I would never have envisaged at the start of my RTP. My confidence has grown and I feel this is a step for me now, and would encourage any nurses who are thinking of returning to practice that it is hard work, but worth all the effort, things have not changed so dramatically on the wards and you can still make a difference to someone’s life………which is after all the reason most of us entered nursing for in the first place! As a real bonus I have also met some fantastic new friends and colleagues too, some of who I know will be lifelong friends.’