Former Lincolnshire nurses invited to return to practice

A programme giving previously qualified nurses the opportunity to return to practice is being offered in NHS community services in Lincolnshire.

Nurses interested in resuming their career are being given the chance to have their course fees paid to update their skills and knowledge, have support in finding placements and employment, and receive up to £500 for out of pocket expenses.

Return to Practice is a national programme, which will be run in Lincolnshire for the first time.

Students will study the theory elements in Lincoln with practical placements being available in the county.

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) is also offering additional flexible benefits for applicants to any of the above courses who are interested in working in community services.

These include mentoring during the course and a preceptor package on completion, or paid employment as a healthcare support worker while studying to renew nursing registration.

Jill Anderson, Strategic Lead for Education and Quality Standards at LCHS, said: “Nursing remains an extremely valued and rewarding profession.

“This particular programme not only offers financial assistance to update your knowledge, but gives access to supportive, experienced tutors and mentors, alongside long-term employment locally in Lincolnshire with LCHS.

“No longer will individuals have to travel outside of the county to access this training opportunity.”

The course, delivered by the University of Derby, will prepare students with the learning required to meet Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) standards, and enable registration with the NMC upon successful completion of the programme.

An open day for Return to Practice courses will be held at the University of Derby’s Kedleston Road campus, Derby, on June 6, from 10am-3pm.

Anyone interested in finding out more should contact the Workforce Services Team on 01529 220300.