Neil Andrews, Head of Resourcing – Secondary Care, Care UK
Return to Practice is an initiative which helps registered nurses, who have taken a career break, updated their skills and knowledge so that they can re-register and join the nursing workforce.
Care UK is a great supporter of the initiative and supports and welcomes Return to Practice Nurses across its healthcare business, including out-of-hours, 111 services, health in justice, Advance Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Practitioners.
Return to Practice courses take approximately three to six months to complete, although this can vary depending on factors such as clinical placement hours, the length of time the candidate has been out of practice, and how long they had been initially in practice. The courses are designed to be flexible to encompass commitments such as childcare.
Health Education England provides a one-off payment of £500 to nurses returning to practice. This amount can be used against costs such as text books, car parking, childcare and other expenses. Health Education England will also pay for the course and contribute to placement costs.
Applications should be made to a university running Return to Practice courses. For more information and to find out where you can attend the course, visit http://comeback.hee.nhs.uk.
At Care UK, we recognise that there is a wealth of nursing experience and expertise in people who have taken a break from the profession. We understand their value and are enthusiastic about welcoming them to our workforce.
Find out more about nursing opportunities at Care UK by visiting our Nursing Jobs section.
Return to nursing success for Peninsula Nurse
Susann Hayes, a nurse at the Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre in Plymouth, has recently returned to nursing after a career break to raise her family. It has been such a success for her that she whole-heartedly recommends it to others in a similar situation.
Susann, 45, from Horrabridge, was born and raised in Germany where she qualified as a nurse in 1990. She came to the UK in 1999 after a variety of ward placements, further training and education and a period living in the USA.
With her husband, she moved to Devon in 2005 and worked as a staff nurse at a residential home.
When she had her two children, Susanm stepped away nursing to raise them and to work with her husband in their family-owned tea rooms.
Susann said: "When the children became older and more independent I came to realise that I missed nursing and started looking into returning to the profession."
She took advantage of the opportunities provided by the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Return to Practice initiative, designed to support those who have taken a break from their nursing career to re-enter the health workforce.
She commented: "I feel that the Return to Practice courses are an excellent idea for people like me who have taken a break in our careers. The opportunity has enabled me to brush up my skills while working in a hospital placement, and the university lectures at Plymouth University have helped me to catch up on all the changes that have happened in nursing since I took my break."
Susann added: "I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and was well-supported by my colleagues at the Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre during the placement, and I am looking forward to continuing to work with them. I would recommend that anyone considering a return to nursing should take a look at the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Return to Practice website."
Sue Farrell, Head of Nursing and Clinical Services at the Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre, said: "We are delighted to have supported Susann with her return to the nursing profession and to have her join us as a member of staff. There are thousands of nurses and other healthcare professionals out there who have taken a break from their careers and who may be thinking about coming back. My advice to them is to take a look at Return to Practice courses and go for it. Their wealth of expertise and knowledge are vitally important to modern healthcare and the courses will give them all the updates they need to fit back in to the healthcare workforce."