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Are You Ready To Come Back To Nursing?

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT) is calling on all registered nurses who may have previously left the profession or who have let their registration lapse, to consider a return to nursing.

Since February 2014, UHMBT has invested an additional £7 million in extra staffing and has increased its nursing workforce and now has 149 more nurses and midwives on its wards than it had. The Trust also recently announced nearly £1 million in extra funding to increase nurse staffing levels in its Emergency Departments at Furness General Hospital (FGH) and the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (RLI).

Sue Smith, Executive Chief Nurse at UHMBT, said: “Nursing is a hugely rewarding career and is often named as one of the world’s happiest jobs in polls.

“UHMBT has seen major improvements in safety and quality, and we have made enormous strides in improving the care of our patients, by all working together across wards, departments and sites to reduce harm and improve the experience for our patients.

“We now need more nurses to join our enthusiastic and experienced teams to work with us to further improve things for our patients. We are continuing to recruit in the normal ways but we are also looking to those nurses out there who are incredibly passionate about the profession and offering great care to patients, but who may have left the career or simply let their professional registration lapse.

“Nurses do their job for one reason – to care for patients. Returning to nursing is a big decision and those that are interested in it are bound to notice a few changes since they left. However, we have worked with the University of Cumbria to put together specific programmes that would support individuals in coming back to the profession. We know there are valuable skills and experience out there and we want to be able to use that to continue to improve the care and experience we offer our patients.”

UHMBT, in partnership with the University of Cumbria, offer a range of return to practice programmes which have been designed to meet the professional needs of those considering a return to nursing, depending on how long the individual has been away from the profession, and whether professional registration is up to date.

Sue continued: “By updating your skills and knowledge on a return to practice
course, you can use your invaluable experience to care for the patients with our
established teams working with you to give you the best possible support. At our
Trust, we want you to feel as cared for and supported as we would expect our
patients to feel, and by adopting a ‘care for you as I would want to be cared for’
approach to nursing, this will have a hugely positive impact on both those receiving
and delivering care.

“You will help us to deliver safe effective care, contribute positively to the patient,
carer and family experience and make every contact count to improve the health and
well-being of every patient you care for and it will also mean you will be able to do
the job you were trained to do.”

If you are interested in returning to nursing at UHMBT, please contact Deputy Chief
Nurses: Joann Morse on or Lynne Wyre on, to arrange an informal discussion about the next steps
and the best way forward for you.