[N]orth Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is encouraging former nurses to return to practice.
Across Cumbria there are 803 nurses who were registered but are no longer practicing. Health Education England (HEE) is in the process of writing to them to encourage their return to the profession and the Trust will support their return to work.
Nurses who wish to return will be required to complete a short university course, funded by HEE, which takes around three months and is run through the University of Cumbria. HEE will also make a one-off additional financial payment to support the returnee with travel, childcare, book expenses etc.
North Cumbria university Hospitals NHS Trust will offer placements to all students who wish to undertake the return to practice course.
Maurya Cushlow, executive director of nursing & midwifery at the Trust said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for former nurses who have been thinking about a return to their career. The course is fully funded and the Trust will offer placements to all returning nurses.
“Some may feel that a lot has changed since they last wore the uniform but it soon comes flooding back and the course is designed to update nurses with the latest techniques and advances in medical care.
“I would like to encourage anyone who receives their letter to consider this excellent opportunity.”