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Media Release

Date: 14 January 2019

Return to work in acute care at the RUH

Registered nurses interested in returning to work in acute care are invited to attend an open day at the Royal United Hospitals Bath on Wednesday 23 January, between 10am and 12 noon.

The open day is particularly aimed at nurses who currently work in the community – mainly residential or nursing homes for older people – and who are interested in returning to work in a hospital to provide nursing care to elderly patients.

As part of the open day event, staff will be on hand to give tours of the older person wards and talk about what it's like to work at the Trust. They can also learn about other benefits such as a good NHS pension, generous annual leave entitlement and flexible working arrangements.

Anita West, Matron, Royal United Hospitals Bath said:

"If you are registered with an active Nursing and Midwifery Council PIN, come along and find out about our bespoke return to acute care programme which will bring you up to date with the latest changes and best practice to enable you to commence an exciting career with us.

"You'll be part of a small group of nurses who have similar experience and we'll help you achieve the necessary nursing competencies to become confident in your clinical skills to work on our older person wards.

"When you've completed of our return to acute care programme, you will be offered a staff nurse position on one of our award-winning older person wards and there are also further opportunities for career development to look forward to at the Trust."

Suzanne Lucas, Cardiovascular Research Nurse, RUH said:

"I would thoroughly recommend this programme to anyone wanting to return to an acute care setting. I was working as a nurse in the community when I saw it advertised and I applied as I wanted to come back to acute care and work at the RUH. This programme helped me update my knowledge, skills and competence and I've progressed in my career, now working in research."

The return to acute care open day will be held on Wednesday 23 January, between 10am and 12 noon on Combe ward, B19. For further information about the event or about the return to care programme, visit:

Notes to Editor
  • The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust provides acute treatment and care for a catchment population of around 500,000 people in Bath, and the surrounding towns and villages in North East Somerset and Western Wiltshire. The hospital provides healthcare to the population served by four Clinical Commissioning Groups: Bath & North East Somerset CCG, Wiltshire CCG, Somerset CCG and South Gloucestershire CCG.
  • The Trust has 759 beds and a comprehensive range of acute services including medicine and surgery, services for women and children, accident and emergency services, and diagnostic and clinical support services.
  • In 2015 The Royal United Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust acquired the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD) NHS Foundation Trust. The RNHRD treats patients from across the country offering services in rheumatology, chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome/ME, cancer related fatigue and fatigue linked to other long term conditions such as multiple sclerosis.
  • The RUH is changing - we have an exciting programme of redevelopment underway transforming our site and further improving the services we provide. The Trust is building a purpose built RNHRD and Therapies Centre and is now working towards a new Dyson Cancer Centre. For more details visit:

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