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Nurse Retraining Scheme 'Picks Up' National Award Nominations

RTP Nurses
The latest cohort of Return to Practice Nurses

12 April 2017

A local scheme that allows former nurses to be paid while they retrain has been nominated for two national awards.

‘Pick up your Pin’, which is run by Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT) and the University of Chester, has been shortlisted in the Return to Practice Course of the Year and Partnership of the Year categories at this year’s Student Nursing Times Awards.

The scheme was launched in 2015 to fit around the professional and personal needs of former nurses who are interested in resuming their nursing career.

Nurses on the programme receive paid holidays, staff benefits and are guaranteed a full or part-time position on successful completion of the course.

Chris Barker, Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Social Care, said: “The University of Chester and Mid Cheshire Hospitals have worked together to develop a flexible, innovative and supportive course to bring experienced nurses back into the profession.

“The pilot course has achieved 100% success rate, with all students completing and returning to work in clinical practice. Student feedback has been excellent and funding has been granted for two further cohorts.”

Now in its sixth year, the Student Nursing Times Awards celebrate the very best in student nurses, as well as establishments that are committed to developing new nursing talent.

The ‘Pick up your Pin’ team delivered a presentation to an awards judging panel last month and will find out if they have won during a ceremony in London on 27 April.

Following the programme’s success, MCHFT is now accepting applications for a new cohort of Return to Practice (RTP) Nurses who will start in September.

As well as hospital-based positions, the Trust is looking to recruit RTP nurses who will work in the community as part of a new NHS partnership, Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership (CCICP).

MCHFT, which manages Leighton Hospital in Crewe, Victoria Infirmary in Northwich and Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre in Winsford, is holding an information day for those interested in finding out more about the programme.

The event will take place at Leighton Hospital’s School of Nursing from 9am on Wednesday 3 May and will provide an opportunity to talk to other RTP Nurses, meet mentors and course facilitators, and to tour the hospital.

Sue Hamman, Divisional Head of Nursing at MCHFT, said: “We are very proud of the Return to Practice programme and that we have embraced the needs of local individuals in order for them to return to a career in nursing.

“The programme makes it as easy as possible for former nurses to put their invaluable skills and experience back into practice and to work in an area that they have an interest in.

“Those who attend the information event will be able to see just how much support and coaching is available along the way, and to collect any information regarding the recruitment and interview process. We’d love to hear from any former nurses and to discuss the options available with you.”

For further information, including how to apply for the scheme and to book a place at the information event, please contact Audrey Butterworth, HR Assistant, on 01270 273 712 or Audrey.butterworth@mcht.nhs.uk.

Additional Information:

Those interested in the Return to Practice programme can submit an application by visiting: