We are the NHS campaign turns attention to returning nurses

Published: 30 May 2019

Last Updated: 30 May 2019

Last summer, the NHS launched its first recruitment drive in over a decade - We are the NHS - with an initial priority to increase the nursing workforce. It is now turning its attention to getting more nurses back into practice and back into the NHS workforce. 

Nurses leave the profession for a variety of reasons. Some have children or start a new career, while others retire. Many want to come back but don’t know they can or where to start.  

This campaign is about reminding nurses why they fell in love with their profession and then supporting them on their journey back with useful information on financial support, where to find courses and tips on applications and interviews.

Courses and financial support

Return to practice courses are available across the country and course fees are paid by Health Education England. You’ll also receive at least £500 to help with travel, childcare and book costs. There will also be mentors and tutors to support you through your journey back in to practice. 

Nurses can also sign up our email guide on returning to nursing for information on courses, tips for interviews and reminders to apply. 

You can also visit our return to practice information for nursing including FAQs and stories of nurses who have already returned. 

"Getting back to nursing is the thing that I am most proud of. I did it for me and its reminded me that this is the best job in the world!" 

Read Sarah's story of her journey back to nursing

Stakeholder toolkit

We are looking for your support in promoting the opportunities to return to practice. Health Education England have developed a toolkit to help you. It includes:

Download the toolkit now. 

There has never been a better time to return to nursing. Get back to what you love!

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