CU Scarborough’s course leader for nursing returned to the wards last year to help during the Covid-19 pandemic, and now she has called on former nurses across Yorkshire to follow in her footsteps to help tackle a shortage in the area. The Royal College of Nursing estimates the NHS faces a shortage of 50,000 nurses across the UK.
Janet Wilson wants former nursing colleagues to help the NHS by signing up for CUScarborough’ss new Return to Practice Clinical Practice Development course. The course has been created to provide an opportunity for nurses whose registration has lapsed after a break in the practice of three years or more to return to practice and renew their registration.
The fast-track programme can take three months to a year, consisting of a 12-week module, an assignment and a minimum of 150 hours of clinical placement. CU Scarborough, part of the Coventry University Group, will launch the course in May and welcome nurses from all fields across North and East Yorkshire to join the 200-plus nurses in the nursing department already training.
Janet said: ‘We want to allow nurses who have left practice for whatever reason to return. Sometimes people go abroad, leave nursing, retire, and think they might want to return a few years later. It is for people who have already done the three-year nursing programme.’
‘I went back to help during the pandemic, and we saw many former nurses go back to the wards. We see this new course as an opportunity to help people return and in turn boost the local NHS workforce.’
CU Scarborough is currently the only education provider in the North and East Yorkshire area running this new course. Health Education England (HEE) will pay the course fees for anyone who meets its criteria.
Paul Gibson, HEE Return to Practice coordinator for the North East and Yorkshire, hopes nurses who joined Janet and returned to the wards at the pandemic peak consider a permanent return.
He said: ‘We are delighted to have ‘U Scarborough join our regional network of return to practice course providers from 2022. This is an important opportunity to help develop our nursing workforce in Yorkshire. Many individual returners have also provided incredible support during the Covid-19 pandemic. They have realised how important they are, what they still have to offer in nursing and how rewarding the role can be.’
‘Having visited their fantastic campus and worked alongside some of the superb nursing education team, I know that an excellent and supportive learning environment will be provided to all returning nurses.’
Paul and Michelle Bamforth, Regional deputy head of Nursing and Midwifery at HEE, will be available to speak to anyone interested in the course at CU Scarborough’s Open Day on Saturday, 15th January 2022. You can find the Return to Practice course information here.