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


Registered Nursing Degree Apprenticeship in Adult and Child Nursing

Registered Nursing Degree Apprenticeship in Adult and Child Nursing

We are committed to developing the skills and knowledge of healthcare support workers.

Our healthcare support workers are now able to access training to become a registered nurse via an apprenticeship programme. The Registered Nursing Degree Apprenticeship (RNDA) programme in Adult and Child Nursing is currently provided in partnership with BPP University.

The BPP’s RNDA supports employers to develop healthcare support workers towards registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as adult and children’s nurses.

The RNDA programme is a balance of theory and practice delivered through a combination of practice-based learning, face-to-face learning and distance learning. It develops effective evidence-based practice, underpins knowledge in an inter-professional and interdisciplinary environment and addresses the NMC requirements for entry to the nursing professional register.

The course runs over four years to enable healthcare support workers to develop and progress to achieve a nursing degree. As with other NMC approved pre-registration nursing degrees, apprentices undertake a minimum of 2,300 hours of theoretical and 2,300 hours of practice learning. Because apprentices study flexibly alongside work, newly-acquired knowledge and skills can be put into practice, for the positive benefit of patients and service users.

For more information about the programme and entry requirements, contact the Learning Environment Team by email at




updated 3 July 2018

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.’