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Come back to nursing

Experienced nurses who want to come back to the profession have much to offer. Coming back to the profession has never been easier with courses and training on hand to ease the transition and build skills. 

Although Health Education England’s role is to secure the future supply of the workforce, and it is the statutory responsibility of employers to ensure they can meet current need, we believe that the on-going impact of the Francis Review warrants concerted and special action.

HEE is therefore leading work on behalf of the system to help encourage registered nurses back to work. We know that many Trusts often require more experienced or specialised nurses. Preventing staff leaving is equally important and will also require focus and attention.

Professor Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, our Director of Nursing, chairs a steering group that includes the Nursing and Midwifery Council, NHS Employers, Monitor, the National Trust Development Agency and NHS England, as well as local acute and community partners. This group will oversee the work to help employers ensure they have nurses in the right numbers, with the right skills, values and behaviours.

Janice Stevens, Managing Director of Health Education West Midlands, is leading the work for HEE. It includes the findings of an NHS Employers survey into NHS qualified nurse supply and demand; a review of the current landscape; a literature review; and principles for growing nurse numbers. 

If you would like to find out more about returning to nursing please visit the Come Back to Nursing website.


Listen to the latest radio advert, broadcast on Heart FM. 

The practical supported placement was brilliant and helped with our loss of confidence.

Vicky, Staff Nurse.

The #ComeBacktoNursing campaign was recently commended by the judges in the Best Public Sector Social Media Strategy category of the Social Buzz Awards 2015. 

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