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A new campaign to attract former nurses and midwives back onto wards across London has been launched.
Health Education England (HEE) and NHS England and Improvement have teamed up to spearhead a new return to practice campaign, which is set to run until the end of September.
It comes after thousands of nurses returned to the nursing workforce as part of the temporary register in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Professor Mark Radford, chief nurse at HEE, said: “We have seen a renewed interest in people wishing to pursue a career in nursing including from those looking to return to our profession.
“There are many reasons why nurses may leave the profession, including family and caring responsibilities,” he said.
“We are looking to support those who are keen to come back but perhaps don’t know that they can or how to get started.”
The health organisations have provided reassurance that returners would be fully supported on every step of their journey back into the NHS workforce.
They added that staff would have access to experienced NHS colleagues who would be on hand to help them find the most suitable and appropriate return to practice courses, placement providers or employers.
Professor Radford added: “We will support them through the steps required to enable them to re-join the profession and take up roles in health and care.”
Those behind the campaign hope some returners will be ready to go back into practice as early as next month, while others will need to complete return to practice training courses and start in the new year.
The roles will be permanent and will fill regular nursing and midwifery vacancies across the capital, they noted.