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Too valuable to lose: how to encourage older nurses to remain on the register

Employers can show they prize late-career nurses by offering them tailored support

Late-career nurses are a highly valuable group – here’s how employers can offer them tailored professional development and well-being support

The NHS and social care are facing the significant challenges of an ageing workforce, with latest Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) figures showing that more than a third of people on the register are aged 51 or over.

The data, published in May, also show that almost 24,000 people across the UK left the NMC register in 2020-21, with retirement and changes in circumstances the most common reasons for leaving.

However, in a survey of 5,639 former registrants , carried out by the NMC between December 2020 and January this year, 23% said excessive


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