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Return to practice

Returning healthcare professionals have a key role to play in ensuring patients and service users have access to experienced and well-trained care staff equipped with the right skills.

The NHS has many healthcare professionals who returned to the profession they loved working in acute, community and primary care settings across England.  

Return to practice initiatives have seen thousands of people commence training to return to practice in nursing and other professions, but more can be done. 

The national return-to-practice scheme for nurses has been run by HEE since 2014 and provides experienced nurses with training and a route back into the NHS. The programme has supported 7978 nurse returners since its inception in 2014.

Find out more about our current return to practice programmes below. 

 

 

Bridget returning general practice nurse

Returning to nursing

Getting back to the job that you love may be easier than you think. The support you receive means you can return to nursing with confidence.

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Career Refresh for Medicine

The Career Refresh for Medicine programme (CaReForMe) has been developed to help support doctors who have had a break in practice, including those new to the NHS, return more easily and safely.

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