Dumfries & Galloway Health & Social Care

Return to Practice Student Nursing

Organisations from across the Health and Social Care Partnership are working together with Glasgow Caledonian University to offer nurses the opportunity to return to practice. 

Return to practice programmes have historically been offered in NHS settings, however, Dumfries and Galloway Health & Social Care Partnership recognises than not all nurses started or ended their career in the NHS and want to return to be trained in the NHS. Collectively we have come up with a new initiative supported by the clinical education team in the NHS to offer placements and end employment not just in our NHS settings but in care home setting in the hope to attract back much needed nurses to our independent sector organisations.

You may have already had a taste of working again on a temporary basis to support COVID 19 efforts and your temporary registration has now lapsed or your personal circumstances have now changed and you wish to rejoin the nursing and midwifery register. 

If so this programme could be for you.

About the Programme

The course is a blend of online learning and face to face teaching whilst you complete your practice hours in a setting of your choice.

A model structure of the course is as follows 


Total Hours


Between 300 and 450 depending on lapse in service

Independent Learning










Placement Settings

Care Homes

The following Care homes are delighted to offer placements leading to full time registered nurse posts. 

  •  Cumloden Mannor                   Newton Stuart
  •  Fleetvalley                                Castle Douglas            
  • Allanbank                                  Dumfries                   
  • Dalawoodie                               Dumfries      
  •  Goldielea                                  Dumfries           
  • Lochduhar                                Dumfries   
  • Queensberry                            Sanquhar               


We have applied to the Community Renewal Funding to support the cost of placements and we should get an outcome in July. Due to the tight timescales to interview and source suitable candidates we have taken the opportunity to still proceed in the hope we are successful.

NHS Settings

Dumfries and Galloway NHS are delighted to offer the following placements across the below settings. 




C5 Haematology 

37.5 hrs 

D9 General Surgery & Gynaecology

37.5 hrs 

D9 General Surgery & Gynaecology

27.5 hrs

B2  Care of the Elderly & Respiratory

30 hrs

Mental Health


22.5 hrs 

Community Mental Health

37.5 hrs

How to Apply

All applications including those for care homes will be collated via the NHS Scotland application route by clicking the apply button

Potential applicants should identify on their application their 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of placements. 

Places may be competitive however we will do our best to accommodate everyones choices. If there is an area you wish to be that is not currently advertised then please still get in touch with our practice education team on dg.pef@nhs.scot who will discuss future options.