Warrington and Halton Hospitals

Return to practice with WHH

If you have taken a break from your career and are thinking of returning to practice in the NHS, we want you to consider doing this with us at Warrington and Halton Hospitals.

Our education department links closely with our regional universities to provide excellent placements for all learners in our organisation.

Our team of Practice Education Facilitators (PEFs) will be responsible for approving the offer of your placements once you have been formally offered a place on an approved return to practice course with a university.

What do the PEF team do?

The PEF team is committed to ensuring that your return to practice experience runs as smoothly as possible. We will also be there for information, support and guidance whilst you are on placement. We will work in partnership with the university and practice staff to ensure you have a quality driven placement which puts the patient at the heart of care. All your placements will be subject to an annual educational audit to ensure that they are a suitable environment for learners. Your chosen university will be responsible for ensuring that you have access to workshops/information on current key policy and practice issues in addition to any core skills training such as moving and handling etc.

We acknowledge that returning to practice can sometimes be an anxious time for each individual. There will be exciting, challenging and rewarding times ahead which you will be supported with throughout your placement with us by experienced practice based qualified mentors and managers. Your allocated mentor will be there to support and assess you in practice.

How do I apply for a university place?

If you are a qualified health care practitioner and are considering a return to professional practice you may find the following sites informative.


Will I need to undertake any checks prior to commencing my placement?

Your chosen university will undertake all mandatory checks such as DBS disclosures, NMC checks, occupational health assessments etc. You will not be allowed to commence your placement until these are complete.

If you are not linked to a university you will need to ensure these checks are completed prior to placements in the organisation and you will need to discuss this with the PEF team and the human resources team at the trust.

How long will my placement be?

Your placement will be negotiated with the PEF Team, taking into account:

  • The expected student capacity of your placement request
  • The length of time your placement is required in line with individual professional reccomendations
  • Your time out of practice
  • Your requested placement area
  • The availability of a ‘Sign-off Mentor’
  • Personal References
  • Statement of good character

Occasionally you may wish to experience more than one clinical area, this should be negotiated with your allocated PEF who will consider the options available.

Applying for placements


Before applying for a Return to Practice placement you need to be accepted on an approved university programme for return to practice.

Once your application has been processed and approved and you have been offered a place on the course the university will usually expect that you will be responsible for securing your own placement. At that stage you will be instructed to contact the allocated PEF team to secure a provisional placement. We ask that you then complete the on-line application form below and submit it electronically to the email address below.

You will be given final approval when all the enhanced checks are complete. You must have final approval in writing from the PEF team before you start your placement.

If you are unable to complete the form through a reason relating to a disability or any other reason, please contact the PEF Team.


Before applying for a Return to Practice placement you need to be accepted on an approved university programme for Return to Practice. Please select your chosen university and you will need to contact the relevant midwifery programme lead. Most universities will have a specific interview process that may involve a tripartite application and interview process with yourself, programme leads and relevant practice leads and supervisors of midwives from the midwifery department.

The practice leads will be responsible for informing the PEF team of the approved placements and length of required practice.

Allied Health Professionals

You will need to contact the HCPC initially for information relating to return to practice. Please follow the link to access their documents:

You may then need to contact your professional societies or associations for specific information relating to your profession. Useful links include:


You may wish to seek advice from individual universities who may be able to support your enquiries.

Contact us about Return to Practice placements

If you have any queries that haven't been answered on this page, please feel free to contact us.

The Practice Education Facilitator Team
Clinical Training Department
Kendrick Wing
Lovely Lane
Warrington WA5 1QG

  • Tel: 01925 635911 (ext 2907/2783)
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