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Yorkshire university creates course for returners to nursing

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A six-month return to practice programme is starting this summer at the University of York to encourage former nurses in North Yorkshire to return to the profession.

Students will be expected to complete 200 hours clinical practice in an allocated practice setting over a period of six months. 

Returners will be able to develop their competence and achieve the skills and knowledge to regain their registration.

Clare Clarke, programme leader from York’s department of health sciences, said: “The programme provides returners with a flexible approach to fit in with their family life and individual circumstances.

“The course starts with a five-day study workshop and then involves attending one seminar per month,” she said.

Successful applicants will have their course fees paid in full by the NHS via Health Education England’s regional branch for Yorkshire and the Humber.

The university is the latest to announce a course for returners to the register in the wake of widespread nurse shortages.

In May, the nearby Sheffield Hallam University also announced it was launching a part-time return to practice course for former nurses who have been off the register for no more than 10 years.

Such schemes are a key plank of Health Education England’s plans to plug significant shortfalls in the nursing workforce, which latest evidence suggests is in excess of 12,500 whole-time equivalent posts.


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