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Flexible retirement from the NHS: your options if the end of working life is in sight

Choices you have if you’re wondering how and when to start drawing your pension

There are more ways to retire than a once-and-for-all break with your career, your colleagues and your salary. Find out how you can ease the transition

How many nurses are nearing retirement age?

Almost one in five (16%) of nurses in England and Wales are aged 55 or over, according to the National Audit Office’s report on the NHS nursing workforce , published in March 2020.

This rises to 19% in mental health trusts, 23% in community providers, and 35% of nurses working in primary care.

According to the audit office report, training body Health Education England estimated some 41,000 nurses, or 13% of the workforce, will retire between 2018 and 2024.


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