Mumsnet to help fill nurse vacancies

As part of a package of measures to fill vacancies in the health service, the NHS in England is set to use Mumsnet to help recruit nurses.

One of a number of steps unveiled in the interim People Plan, NHS leaders see the online parenting chatroom and website as a crucial partner to entice nurses who have left the profession, to rejoin it.

The Mumsnet plan is understood to involve promoting the opportunities that exist to go back to nursing, with a national return-to-practice scheme, initially set up in 2014, and being expanded. It offers catch-up training and a route back for nurses and support staff who have let their professional registrations lapse.

While the plan mainly targets on nurses, it also acknowledges more doctors and support staff will also be needed.

The People Plan report sets the ambition of recruiting an extra 40,000 nurses over the next five years, via: international recruitment by appointing lead agencies to co-ordinate the process; ensuring more nurses enter training; improving retention rates by placing a greater emphasis on career developing; and encouraging nurses back into the NHS with the promise of flexible working opportunities.

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