Come back to nursing

Return to practice

Inspired by the idea of returning to nursing? Still committed to care and compassion? If you’ve ever thought about returning to practice, now is the time to do it. 

If you have been a registered nurse previously and wish to return to the profession, then you may need to undertake a return to practice programme. The programme is essentially a period of updating your skills and knowledge, so that you can return to work in nursing and become re-registered. 

To ensure that returning to nursing is as simple as possible for you, return to practice programmes have been refreshed across the Thames Valley so that you can enjoy a supportive, flexible and varied learning experience.  

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New surgery unit


New orthopaedic theatres and wards at Royal Berkshire Hospital

A new £10m surgical facility and ward is to open at the Royal Berkshire Hospital this month. The Redlands Elective Orthopaedic Unit is a state-of-the-art self-contained facility for patients.

The unit includes four operating theatres, a six-bedded recovery ward and a 30-bed elective orthopaedic ward with seven four-bedded bays and en suite bathrooms plus two single rooms with en suite bathrooms. Patients will be transported direct from the theatre suite to the ward by a dedicated lift.

Around 2,800 operations and procedures a year will be carried out in the new unit - mainly hip and knee replacements, hip arthroscopies, spinal surgery and shoulder surgery.

Wheelchair donation


Donation benefits future patients

Richard Berry was admitted to the Royal Berkshire Hospital after contracting Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare and serious condition of the peripheral nervous system. He was in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Reading for four months, then spent four and a half months in the neuro rehab unit, before spending a further two months in West Berkshire Community Hospital.

Richard who lives with his wife Christine in Woodley, was bed and wheelchair bound for the majority of that time and is now making progress with his walking after being at home for more than a year. He is receiving community physiotherapy and hydrotherapy and can now walk with crutches.

Richard wanted to make a donation to the physiotherapy department as a token of his appreciation for everything that the teams had done for him to get him back on his feet. The donation was spent on a new wheelchair that especially accommodates people with a taller or larger frame. The chair is deeper, more supportive and easily adjustable which will be of great use to many patients. Richard visited the Royal Berkshire Hospital recently to see the chair and said a few words of thanks to the staff.

Free cancer support day

Patients and carers living with cancer in Berkshire

You are invited to attend our free support and information day on Friday, 6 March 2015 at the Hilton Hotel Reading, Drake Way, RG2 0GQ.

The day will be run by Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support. Topics covered include:                                                   

- Nutrition and health

- Being a carer

- Coping with cancer

- How to look after Me

 Places are limited and must be booked beforehand. For further details, please contact Liz Riddle on 0118 3227864.


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