Sandy Grover
& Kathy Jayasekara

Neo-natal nurses

Kathy and Sandy dedicated their lives to caring for premature babies and their families together, bringing more than 70 years of nursing experience between them. Following retirement, they didn’t stay away for long and have returned to the Trust to work part-time in the special care baby unit.

“The care we give to babies and their families is so important and when I retired I realised I missed the reward of the job, and the special relationship we build with families” said Sandy
“It’s also great being part of the team,” adds Kathy, “if I didn’t come to work I’d miss my the life-long friends I’ve made at the Trust. It’s important to stay busy in retirement and returning to nursing is the perfect way to do it!”



Kathy and Sandy

Croydon Health Services is a great place to return to nursing

We know that the experience gained from years of nursing cannot be replaced and are keen to welcome nurses who have taken a break and feel it’s time to come back. Returning nurses will find a welcome in Croydon, the opportunity to work full or part-time and also the chance to retrain.

For those who’ve taken an extended break and need some retraining, the “Return to Nursing’ programme offers support and financial incentives. The Trust runs hospital and community health services anyone wanting to make the change will find lots of opportunities.

If you want to return to nursing, we can offer you the placement and trainingyou need. Our close links with local colleges and universities ensure that your journey back to nursing is a smooth one. Opportunities to return to nursing are advertised throughout the year in preparation for twice-yearly college intakes. Currently nurses receive around £600 on top of their course fees being paid. You can choose part-time or full-time training, which will usually take between three and six months to complete. Each local university runs the programme slightly differently but In general, you can expect:

  • your course fees paid
  • additional financial support towards travel, childcare and book costs
  • your clinical placement to be supernumerary
  • theory and clinical-based training
  • access to a mentor
  • preceptorship support once you have gained employment
  • simulation techniques to practice skills.

We are also keen to hear from nurses who have recently taken a career break or have retired and do not need the additional support offered by formal return to nursing’ courses. Our flexible approach means that your valuable skills can still contribute to patient care on a part time basis or as a member of our nursing bank.



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