Return to practice
Revitalised return to practice programmes make it easier for former nurses to come back to the profession, says Janice Stevens
Almost 9% of the nurse workforce left the NHS in England in the past year following years of rising turnover rates, official analysis has revealed in a draft workforce strategy for the health service.
A government-funded scheme designed to attract nurses back into the NHS by paying for refresher courses could in the future be extended to help tackle the recruitment crisis in care homes, Nursing Times has learnt.
Health Education England will pay for courses to encourage former nurses to return to the profession, Nursing Times can reveal ahead of a campaign to help address national staff shortages.
Around a third of government-funded course places for nurses wanting to return to practice have failed to deliver additional nursing staff for the health and care service in the first 18 months since a national campaign launched, a Nursing Times investigation has indicated.
Royal Trinity Hospice in London has highlighted the success of a scheme supporting nurses to return to the profession “at a gentler pace” after a career break.
Despite struggling against the “corporate machine”, Deborah never looked back after deciding to return to practice
Failure to have an adequate nurse workforce plan for the NHS over the past 10 years is one of the major reasons for current escalating deficits among trusts in England, MPs have been told.
A return to practice scheme has started in Lincolnshire, with the aim of bringing back former nurses to the county’s acute and community services.
Support for former nurses wishing to return to the profession is patchy, with many struggling to access courses and some forced to organise their own work experience, a review by Health Education England has found.