Award nominations for scheme to help former nurses return to the profession

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

‘Pick up your Pin’ is run by the University of Chester and Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which manages Leighton Hospital in Crewe, Victoria Infirmary in Northwich and Elmhurst Intermediate Care Centre in Winsford.

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 lives of former nurses who are interested in resuming their nursing career.

Those 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.”

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.

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.

“We’d love to hear from any former nurses and to discuss the options available with you.”



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