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HEE and RCN launch career advice site to boost nurse retention

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A websiste designed to boost retention of nurses in the NHS by helping them plan their careers and identify new areas of practice to move into has been launched.

The new online resource, which went live today, was jointly developed by the Royal College of Nursing and Health Education England.

“It’s essential that staff have the opportunity to understand and explore the options available”

Lisa Bayliss-Pratt

The organisations said the aim of the site was to help registered nurses and clinical support workers plan their next career move with the hope that it would encourage them to stay working within the NHS.

Launched at the RCN Congress in Liverpool, the free site is designed to help nursing staff identify new areas of practice that might suit their skills and aspirations.

It is split into different sections for registered nurses and support workers, and showcases different roles and career moves between different types of setting and areas of practice.

This includes how a nurse currently working in a hospital could move on to work in general practice, public health or school nursing, or advance in a clinical role to become a specialist.

Other examples of career moves include moving from a clinical role into research and education or into leadership and management.

There is also advice for nurses interested in returning to practice after a career break.

For each role showcased on the site there is a case study, video or podcast of a nurse or support worker currently doing that job.

The site features information on how a nurse could make a change, including any extra training or education they might need and further career opportunites that would be open to them by going into a new sphere of practice.

Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, chief nurse at Health Education England, said there were an increasing number of different roles for nursing professionals to choose from and it was important to raise awareness of the wide range of opporunities available.

“As nursing becomes an increasingly diverse, demanding and high-skill profession, it’s essential that staff have the opportunity to understand and explore the options available to them as their experiences and capabilities evolve,” she said.

“This online tool is an easy-to-use way to do just that, and will help nurses at all levels build successful and rewarding careers,” she added.

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