Return To Practice Opportunities Now Available In Lincolnshire

Opportunities for previously qualified nurses to return to practice are being offered in NHS community services in Lincolnshire.

Those interested in resuming their career are being offered 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, but this summer will be the first time a cohort of students will be based in Lincolnshire. This cohort, which still has places available to start in July, will study the theory elements in Lincoln. Practical placements are also available in the county.

Further courses planned for September 2015 in Chesterfield and for February 2016 in Derby are also open to Lincolnshire-based applicants.

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) is offering additional flexible benefits for applicants to any of the above courses who are interested in working in community services, including mentoring during the course and a preceptor package on completion, or for 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 and we have lots of training and employment opportunities available in Lincolnshire for those looking to return to their career as a registered nurse. 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, which is suitable for nurses wanting to return to community, acute and mental health sectors, is being delivered by the University of Derby. It 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.

“Our workforce will always be our greatest asset and by working with partners like the University of Derby, we are committed to ensuring everyone has access to the best possible opportunities, whether that be for those exploring returning to practice with us or entering nursing for the first time,” added Jill.

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. For more information, visit www.derby.ac.uk/opendays

Anyone interested in finding out more about Return to Practice opportunities at LCHS should contact the Workforce Services Team on 01529 220300.