|As Shortage of Nurses Bit Harder, UK Dangles £1,000 on Retired Nurses Who Want to Return by Peculiar005(m): Wed Oct 2021 06:24pm|
An incentive payment being used to entice former nurses and midwives back into work is being doubled in the hope of getting more people back on the register.
Health Education England (HEE) has announced today that it will now be increasing the golden hello for people returning to nursing and midwifery practice from £500 to £1,000.
The payment is intended to help people with expenses such as childcare, books and travel costs while they complete their return-to-practice training programme.
HEE also covers the fees for the course, which can vary in length between three and 12 months depending on the individual’s needs.
The increased incentive is being made available as part of HEE’s national return-to-practice scheme, which has been ongoing since 2014.
The programme has supported 7,978 nurses to return to practice in the NHS in England since it began.
Professor Mark Radford, chief nurse at HEE, said: “Returners bring back valuable expertise to the professions and we want to enable them to complete the [Nursing and Midwifery Council] requirements, return to the register and into roles within our clinical services.”
Currently 25 universities across England offer return to practice nursing and midwifery courses.
In 2019 the NMC also introduced a different route for former nurses and midwives to return to practice, namely to undertake a test of competence rather than complete a course.
Under its return-to-practice programme, HEE also offers funding for those wanting to take the test of competence option.
The government has made a pledge as part of its election manifesto commitment to deliver 50,000 more nurses in England by 2025.
Of these 50,000 nurses, 18,500 were expected to be nurses who had either been convinced to not to leave their job or to return to practice, the Conversative Party told Nursing Times in November 2019.
Speaking at the Queen’s Nursing Institute conference yesterday, health minister Maria Caulfield, who is also a nurse, said the government was “on track” to meet the overall target.
She said: “We're on track to deliver our manifesto commitment of 50,000 more nurses in the lifetime of this parliament, which is great news.”
She highlighted apprenticeships as one of the “exciting ways” that nurse shortages were being tackled, noting that 2,000 nurses were signed up to commence an apprenticeship this year.
In addition, Ms Caulfield said a focus was also being placed on staff wellbeing in order to support retention.
“It's great to have new staff coming in, but it's really important to retain the people we've got, not just for the numbers, but for your experience as well,” she told the conference.
“Because you can't really buy experience and so if people are leaving because they're not happy then we're no better off and on we fully recognise that.”
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