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Northumbria offers opportunities to return to nursing

Wednesday, 22 November, 2017
Northumbria offers opportunities to return to nursing

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is again offering opportunities for people who have qualified as nurses or midwives however their professional registrations have lapsed to return to nursing.

The trust has partnered with Northumbria University and Health Education England to offer 16 nurses or midwives with lapsed Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registrations to complete its return to practice programme, commencing in March 2018.

The programme involves nurses and midwives completing academic work and between 100 and 450 hours of clinical practice, depending on their time spent away from the profession.

While completing the programme, the nurses and midwives will be employed by the trust on a training post, work between 15 and 22.5 hours a week in a nurse placement role in a clinical area relevant to their previous experience and will also spend one day a week at university. They will be provided with a mentor/practice teacher to support them in their new journey back into nursing.

The nurses will have the opportunity of employment within the trust when they have completed and gained NMC registration, with opportunities in a variety of hospital and community settings in Northumberland and North Tyneside, including the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, North Tyneside, Wansbeck and Hexham general hospitals and community hospitals in Northumberland. They will also benefit from on-going training and professional support.

The posts are advertised on NHS jobs – click here – and the closing date is Thursday 7 December 2017.

This initiative is part of the trust’s commitment to growing its own workforce in the wake of recruitment challenges facing the whole of the NHS. Over the last two years, Northumbria has taken on X ‘return to practice’ nurses.

Elaine Henderson, director of nursing for delivery at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “The nurses we’ve recruited through our successful ‘return to practice’ programmes have proved to be excellent assets to our teams across Northumberland and North Tyneside.

“We know that there are many more people who have qualified as nurses and midwives whose registrations with the NMC have lapsed and this is about giving them the opportunity, and all the support they need, to come back to nursing.

“These nurses and midwives have valuable skills and experience and we’d encourage anyone who’s previously trained as a nurse to get in touch to find out more about returning to the profession and benefit from our excellent nurse training and strong nurse mentorship.”

For more information contact Gillian  Bell, practice placement facilitator, Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5pm on 07789 173782 or email  Alternatively, contact Emma Dawes, chief matron for nursing and midwifery education programmes, on 07767 256163 or email


‘Nurse at heart’ Michelle returns with Northumbria

Michelle Crawford was one of 16 nurses who completed Northumbria’s return to practice programme last year. She now works on the Medical Day Case unit at North Tyneside General Hospital caring for patients who require planned treatment such as drug infusions.

Michelle, 51, trained as a nurse in the mid-1980s and after qualifying in 1988, she started working in renal medicine.

After having four children, she found that full-time work and shifts did not fit in with her busy family life and she became an agency nurse.

And after having her fifth child and finding herself a single parent, her career took a different path and she stepped into the world of education, becoming an education welfare officer and a behaviour advisor, for 15 years.

After being made redundant and a lot of reflection, she decided to return to nursing.

Michelle, from South Gosforth, said: “Despite the passing years, in 2016 I decided to take the plunge and return to nursing as I felt I was always a nurse at heart. I felt that I still had something to offer the profession and in some way, become a better me.

“What I mean is, life hadn’t been easy but the bumps along the way taught me so much about what it is to be human and what really matters which, to me, is relationships. So when the opportunity came along to do the return to practice course, I felt drawn to it, just like I had been at the beginning.

“The main hurdle for me was my own self-belief and overcoming fears from old. The academic side is tough but the support you get is amazing and if you are passionate about coming back to nursing then you will overcome any hurdles.

“I feel so deeply proud to be part of the NHS and nursing profession once more.”

For more information contact Gillian  Bell, Practice Placement Facilitator, Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5pm on 077 89173782 or email  Alternatively contact Emma Dawes, chief matron for nursing and midwifery education programmes, on 07767 256163 or email