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Practice nurses get free programme to re-enter workforce

In Lincolnshire, practice nurses can have their course fees paid and receive £500 towards expenses if they completing a course to re-enter the workforce.

In a bid to increase the nursing workforce, Health Education England will fund nurses through the 24-week Return to Practice programme, which will include a minimum of 150 hours in practice.

The programme enables registered nurses who have let their PIN number expire come back to practice. Following a period of theory and supported practice the nurse can have their number reactivated.

Fiona Davies, programme leader for the Return to Practice (Nursing) course at the University of Derby, said: “There is a need to enhance our workforce and there is a wealth of experience in nurses who are registered but not currently in practice.”

The course began on July 20 and already 11 former nurses are training to regain their nursing registration.