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East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust provides NHS hospital and community services throughout East Sussex. We provide our services at two district general hospitals, Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne District General Hospital, community hospitals in Bexhill, Crowborough, Lewes, Rye and Uckfield and a number of clinics and health centres, GP surgeries, schools and in people’s homes. 

The Trust is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to the improving working lives of all our staff. A wide range of staff benefits are available to staff and these include: staff development, pension scheme, on-site nurseries within the acute hospitals, access to sports and social clubs, staff restaurants, on-site accommodation, staff gymnasiums, squash and tennis court plus heated outdoor swimming pool (Eastbourne only), staff lottery.

Please download the Recruitment Information Leaflet for guidance on making a successful application


ESHT is committed to offering new employees an apprenticeship programme of study to support their role. Please ask when you apply/at interview if you are keen to undertake a programme and we can check if there is a suitable one available to match your role (the opportunities available are changing all the time, there may not be something for you at the time of your appointment but a programme may be written over the coming months which suits you).  Apprenticeships are available at level 2 (GCSE equivalent) right up to Degree or  Masters level so don’t forget to check with us.



Return to Practice Nurse

Are you an experienced nurse, who has previously been registered in the UK with the NMC?

Has your registration lapsed and are you interested in returning to practice?

Do you have the desire and drive to resume your career, with a view to working in a busy NHS trust?

Have you previously thought ‘now is not the right time’? Then please read on:

As the biggest employer of healthcare in East Sussex, our colleagues are our greatest asset. We are always looking for committed healthcare professionals to join us!

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust is pleased to offer adult and child nurses, the opportunity to apply for employment while undertaking a Return to Practice Programme

We are working with University of Brighton to offer an accredited return to practice programme for qualified nurses whose registration with the NMC has lapsed; which means you could be back to nursing within just six months

If successful at interview, during your training you will be employed on a 6 month fixed term training contract as a Band 3 Health Care Assistant and supported to undertake the Return to Practice Programme. While undertaking the programme and on successful completion you will be supported to apply for a substantive band 5 nursing role in one of our hospital or community nursing teams

We can offer you:

  • Programme costs (currently: programme fees plus a £500 bursary on commencing the programme from Health Education England towards associated costs e.g. travel and childcare)
  • Employment on a 6 month fixed term training contract during your programme (min 22.5 hours per week required)
  • Practice placement to suit successful applicant’s learning requirement
  • Preceptorship programme (on regaining NMC registration)
  • In-house competency learning
  • Development opportunities

Please make it clear in your supporting statement:

  • When you originally registered with the NMC
  • When your NMC registration expired

***Please Note: you MUST also apply DIRECTLY to the University of Brighton via their Return to Practice application page and secure a place on the programme

***Please Note: Unfortunately this programme is not suitable for nurses from overseas wishing to gain NMC registration in the UK – overseas nurses can contact our recruitment department for further advise:



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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

For an informal discussion please contact:

Angela Jarvis – Practice Education Manager


Mobile: 07788921529

If you have problems applying, contact

01323 417 400 ext 3019