We are the NHS.
We are you at your best.

Remember that experience of being part of a passionate team and making a real difference to people’s lives? This is your chance to experience it all over again.

Your knowledge and skills are invaluable to us, and we’re here to make your return to healthcare as straightforward as possible.

We’re ready. Are you?

With an even greater emphasis on teamwork and working in multidisciplinary teams, more flexible working patterns and more opportunities to develop and progress, there’s never been a better time to re-join us.

But in the NHS, some things will always remain – like that unrivalled team spirit and camaraderie, and the unbeatable feeling of making a huge difference to patients’ lives.

We are rewarded

Remember, returning to a role in healthcare won’t just be emotionally rewarding. With our ongoing training and endless opportunities to learn and progress, there’s no limit to how far you can go with us.

You’ll also enjoy a competitive salary and one of the UK’s best benefits packages, which includes a generous pension scheme and exclusive health service discounts.

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  • This all depends on the role you want to return to and how long you’ve been away. You may need to update your registration or spend a little time updating your knowledge and skills before you can return to your chosen role.
    You can often do this through a combination of private study (using resources such as websites, library books or journals), supervised hours with a registered professional or formal study, such as e-learning or any other type of relevant course.

    NHS England can also help you cover the cost of certain expenses and courses, put you in touch with employers offering help as well as giving you help and support along the way.

    Returning to nursing? You may only need to take a Test of Competence. If you need to complete a return to practice course, we’ll cover the cost of the course and give you £1,000 towards expenses such as travel, childcare and book costs. We can also put you in touch with someone in your local area who can offer tailored advice about returning – just drop us an email at [email protected].

  • In most cases, yes. We recognise the importance of maintaining a good work/life balance and now offer more flexibility around working hours, which can be particularly helpful if you’ve taken time out to start a family or care for someone.

  • No matter how long you’ve been away, or how rusty you might feel, you’ve got plenty of existing skills, knowledge and hands-on experience to draw on – and you’ll be surprised at how quickly it comes back.

    While equipment, technology and ways of working may have changed since you last worked with us, when you’re part of our close-knit, passionate team, someone’s always got your back and there are always people to help.

Returning to nursing?

Discover the three routes you can take to returning.

You already know how dynamic a nursing career can be, but with our new emphasis on teamwork and flexible working patterns, it’s now even more so.

Returning to midwifery?

Ready to be someone’s first hello once again? Your presence on the delivery ward can make all the difference to a new mum.  

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