Return to Practice

Return to Practice

Now Accepting Applications for our Autumn 2023 Nursing Cohort or immediate starts for AHPs.

Few other professions offer you as much choice or opportunity for personal and professional growth as healthcare. It’s exciting, rewarding and, yes, it’s challenging but it’s a career that allows you to make a real difference to people’s lives.

We are also able to offer paid routes whilst you are in the process of re-registering.

Returning healthcare professionals have a key role to play in ensuring patients and service users have access to experienced and well-trained care staff equipped with the right skills.

Read below to find out about some of the different types of professions that we are supporting to Return to Practice.

Mental Health Nursing

Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. Mental health nurses make sure they get the support they need, all year round.

As a mental health nurse, you’ll provide support to people living with various mental health conditions. This can involve helping the patient to recover from their illness or to come to terms with it in order to lead a positive life.

Adult nursing

Adult nurses treat and care for adults of all ages with all types of health conditions. They manage numerous priorities and use clinical, technical, caring, counselling, managing, teaching and all aspects of interpersonal skills to improve the quality of patients’ lives, sometimes in difficult situations.

Learning disability nursing

Learning disability nurses work to provide specialist healthcare and support to people with a learning disability, as well as their families and other healthcare professions, to help them live a fulfilling life.

Children’s nursing

Children’s nurses treat and care for children and young people from birth to 18 years of age. Children and young people can present with a wide range of conditions, and children’s nurses deal with a variety of situations including babies born prematurely, teenagers who have sustained accidents and injuries, long-term conditions and life-limiting illnesses.

Allied Health Professionals

Our Allied Health Professions teams work across Baths, Swindon, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire within mental health, physical health, specialised services, children’s services and corporate services. Returning AHPs have a key role to play in ensuring patients and service users have access to experienced and well-trained care staff equipped with the right skills and bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the teams they work with. Read below to find out about some of the different types of AHPs that we are supporting to Return to Practice.


Physiotherapy uses physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore physical, psychological and social well-being, working through partnership and negotiation with individuals to optimise their functional ability and potential. Our physiotherapy work in a variety of clinical specialities including stroke rehabilitation, community rehabilitation, respiratory, children’s, physical disabilities, falls, mental health and forensic services.

Speech and language therapists

Speech and language therapists (SLTs) in the UK work with children and adults to help them overcome or adapt to a vast array of disorders of speech, language, communication and swallowing. Our SLTs work with children and adults in schools, health centres and patients own homes, stroke rehabilitation, dysphagia management, forensic services and learning disabilities.

Occupational therapists

Occupational therapists work with people of all ages with a wide range of problems resulting from physical, mental, social or developmental difficulties. OTs support people with a range of interventions to enable them to return to or optimise participation in all the things that people do; for example, caring for themselves and others, working, learning, playing and interacting with others. Our OTs work with patients in their own homes, schools, inpatient areas, learning disabilities, forensics and stroke rehabilitation.


Dieticians are the only qualified health professionals who assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public health level. Our Dieticians work across community and mental health settings in both patients own homes, wider community and inpatient areas including stroke rehabilitation. We also have corporate catering dietetics and dietetics within children’s, learning disability and forensics.


Podiatrists provide essential assessment, evaluation and foot care for a wide range of patients with a variety of conditions both long term and acute. Many of these fall into high risk categories such as patients with diabetes, cerebral palsy, peripheral arterial disease and peripheral nerve damage where podiatric care is of vital importance. Our podiatrists work in inpatient and community settings across Oxfordshire.

Non-urgent advice: How do I find out more?

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You can also find out more about a career in nursing, including information on study and training, by visiting health careers.

Published: 1 March 2021