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Unique opportunity to return to nursing with Northumbria

Friday, 03 June, 2016
Unique opportunity to return to nursing with Northumbria

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is offering people who have qualified as nurses however their professional registrations have lapsed a unique opportunity to return to nursing.

The trust, which last month was rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission, has partnered with Northumbria University and Health Education England to offer 20 nurses with lapsed Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registrations to complete its return to practice programme starting in September.

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

While completing the programme, the nurses will be employed by the trust on a training post, work 16 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.

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

To apply for the posts, click here.

The return to practice opportunities come just a few months after the trust, working with Northumbria University, launched an innovative programme to train people with healthcare experience to become nurses. It’s part of the trust’s commitment to growing its own workforce in the wake of recruitment challenges facing the whole of the NHS.

Elaine Henderson, interim deputy director of nursing at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “We know that there are many people who have qualified as nurses who have spent time away from the profession, perhaps to bring up a family, and their registrations with the Nursing and Midwifery Council have lapsed.

“These nurses have valuable skills and experience and we would like to give them this unique opportunity to return to nursing with us and help us deliver compassionate care to our patients in Northumberland and North Tyneside.

“At Northumbria, we already have excellent foundations of nurse training with strong nurse mentorship, excellent multi-disciplinary resources and broad learning opportunities and returning to practice with us means nurses will receive a salary whist training. We’ll support them all the way through their return to practice programme and renewal of their NMC registration.

“This is yet another example of Northumbria devising tailor-made solutions to fit our needs and bring benefits to our patients.”

All successful applicants will be provided with a mentor/practice teacher to support them in their new journey back into nursing.

For more information contact Gillian Bell, practice placement facilitator, Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5pm on 07789 173782 or visit here.

Claire urges others to return to nursing

Claire Nixon recently completed the return to practice programme at Northumbria University and now works as a staff nurse on the surgical assessment unit at The Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital at Cramlington.

Claire, 49, was a nurse for 23 years before having a career change and running her own café in Morpeth. Seven years later when her youngest child went to university, she decided to return to nursing, having missed the day-to-day contact with patients and colleagues.

During her programme she did a placement with the trust at The Northumbria hospital and jumped at the chance to apply for a role after meeting senior staff and matrons at an open day last November.

She has this advice for people thinking about returning to nursing.

“Don’t hesitate, just do it,” said Claire.

“Whilst the course was challenging, help was available at all times. I have been fully supported and my transition back into nursing has been very straightforward. I’m very pleased to be working here and really happy to be back nursing.

“I was very impressed with how approachable the Northumbria senior staff and matrons were at the open day and after joining the team, I feel Northumbria is a great place to work. I love my new job and definitely did the right thing in coming back to nursing.” 

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