Return to practice
The nursing regulator looks set to consult on new standards for return to practice that could make it easier for nurses to come back to the profession after a career break.
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 new career development training programme aimed at recently qualified nurses who want to work in primary care will host double the number of participants than originally planned, following an “unprecedented level of interest” in the course.
Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is offering former mental health nurses a £500 bonus if they complete a free training course and come back to the profession.
Wales launches national nurse recruitment campaign Subscription
The Welsh government has announced a new international recruitment campaign, promoting the country for its “amazing work-life balance” opportunities and confirming that student nurses in Wales will continue to receive bursaries next year.
Improved training and a nationwide return-to-practice scheme to encourage more nurses back into primary care are among key recommendations in a major new report on ways to expand and revitalise general practice nursing.
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.
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.
More than a hundred new nurses have been recruited by NHS Grampian, though the area still requires hundreds more.
Trust considers enhanced pay rates to attract nurses Subscription
A mental health trust in the South East is considering paying nurses enhanced hourly rates in order to attract them back from agency work.
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 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.
Nearly 200 former nurses and midwives are expected to return to practice this year, according to the Scottish government, which it said was more than double the original aim of the scheme.
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.
Returning to practice: a first-hand accountSubscription
What’s it really like to return to nursing practice after a break? Sarah Wilde explains the anxieties, frustrations and joy in coming back to the profession
The chief executive of Scotland’s biggest nursing agency has spoken of her “despair” at the shortage of qualified nurses to fill gaps in care.
Multiple mini-interviews for nurse recruitmentSubscription
Multiple mini-interviews are being used collaboratively by a higher education institution and an NHS trust to select nurses with the right skills and value
Support for nurses returning to practiceSubscription
Although return to practice has been underused as a strategy for recruiting nurses, many returners are highly experienced and likely to remain in practice until retirement
Despite struggling against the “corporate machine”, Deborah never looked back after deciding to return to practice
Revitalised return to practice programmes make it easier for former nurses to come back to the profession, says Janice Stevens