Media Release

QEH wants to help people return to nursing

Nurses who have been away from the profession for three years or more are the target for a recruitment drive at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The next Return To Practice Programme is launching this autumn and Team QEH is reaching out to encourage people to apply. The closing date for applications is Thursday, 12 July.

A number of nurses have successfully returned to practice despite not being registered as a nurse for ten years or more. The programme aims to give them the confidence to adapt to changes in practice since they have been away and also draw on the wealth of experience that they will have gained in those intervening years.

QEH practice development nurse Julia Saunders, who assists programme provider University of East Anglia with practice placements, said: “We know that there are many experienced nurses who have let their Nursing and Midwifery Council registration lapse, having not practised for a number of years.

“There are a number of reasons which might have led to that, such as having a family or a change in circumstances due to a relationship or moving to a different area.

“These nurses have a wealth of knowledge and experience which we want to tap into in order to benefit our local community. We want to help them return to practice and welcome them into Team QEH.”

The amount of clinical practice required depends on the number of years the nurse has been away from that setting. For someone who has not practised for between three and seven years, the requirement is 150 hours (20 x 7.5hr days).

For more information contact Julia Saunders on 01553 613613 ext 3306, email julia.saunders@qehkl.nhs.uk or click on the “Work With Us” tab at www.qehkl.nhs.uk.

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