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Hospitals celebrate first 'return to practice' nurses

From left to right: Sue Hamman, Divisional Head of Nursing with three of the Return to Practice nurses, Catherine Smith, Helen Lloyd and Aimee Connolly.
26 September 2016

Six former nurses are celebrating after becoming the first to complete a hospital’s retraining programme – and all securing jobs.

 In September 2015, Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT), which runs Leighton Hospital in Crewe, launched its new Return to Practice scheme in partnership with the University of Chester.

 The scheme is designed to fit around the professional and personal needs of former nurses who have previously left the profession but who would like to get back into practice.

 Six individuals started the programme in February 2016 and now, after being paid to re-train, they are all working in the hospital as Registered Nurses.

 Sue Hamman, Divisional Head of Nursing and lead for the project, said: “I am so very proud of all six nurses from our first cohort who have exceeded expectations and are now working on our wards.

 “We launched this programme to encourage local people with previous experience and knowledge, as well as a wealth of untapped talent, to come back into nursing.

“The great thing about the Return to Practice scheme is flexibility – we allow people to retrain in an area where they want to work following reregistration and we work around any personal needs. There’s the guarantee of a job upon successful completion, too.”

 Following the success of the scheme, the Trust is currently planning its second cohort and is encouraging anyone interested in retraining to get in touch. Simply contact Audrey Butterworth, HR Assistant, on 01270 273712 or audrey.butterworth@mcht.nhs.uk for further information.

 Those interested in finding out more about the programme are also welcome to attend an upcoming nursing information event at Leighton Hospital’s School of Nursing.

Taking place on Wednesday 28 September between 3 and 7pm, the event will allow visitors the chance to find out more about the other exciting opportunities for studying nursing with the University of Chester.