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Return to practice

If you have previously been a registered health professional and wish to return to your profession, then you may need to complete a return-to-practice programme.

UHDB provides a range of support to help staff return to clinical practice. We work with Health Education England, who may be able to offer financial and academic support to health professionals wishing to undertake a return to practice scheme.

The return to practice programme supports the commitments made in the NHS Long Term Plan to recruit more people into the workforce and ensure staff have rewarding jobs and work in a positive culture. The initiative within Derby and Derbyshire aims to encourage nurses, midwives, allied health professionals (AHPs) and healthcare scientists (HSCs) all to return to practice. There are vacancies waiting for returnees in both health and social care roles in Derby and Derbyshire.

Hear from people who have returned to practice

Meet Sophie, who returned to practice as a physiotherapist after a 7 year career break: Return to Practice case study.

Hear more from others returning to healthcare as a profession:

A message from Cathy Winfield, Executive Chief Nurse at UHDB

"People who have chosen a career in healthcare at some point in their lives will have done so because they possess the core attributes needed to work in a healthcare setting - compassion, care and the desire to make a difference - and we believe that returnees not only have their clinical experience to offer but also these valuable assets which are needed to provide high quality patient care. Healthcare may have changed over the years but the one thing that remains the same is that our patients need compassionate, nurturing staff to care for them when they are at their most vulnerable. Returnees, we believe are valuable to patient experiences and outcomes, and they can offer so much to our colleagues by sharing their knowledge and expertise.

“It takes courage to step back into a career after a break which is why we will support returnees throughout their journey back into practice with a structured programme of support including a designated supervisor, a learning plan created around specific learning requirements and support from our Practice Learning Support Unit with sourcing a placement area to complete the required supervised practice.”

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