If you are a late career healthcare professional or someone who manages and mentors late career workers, please explore our range of resources to help maintain and support later life working.
The resources on this page have been co-designed by Rebecca Jones with late career professionals across Nottingham & Nottinghamshire, in collaboration with the Late Career Steering Group.
Retirement, Pensions and Financial Planning
Whilst the NHS pension scheme offers a range of flexible options when it comes to retirement, each person’s situation and personal circumstances are different and require some thought and planning in advance. It’s good to think about this early on in your career and explore roles and opportunities that might work for you as well as gain independent advice.
Please explore our range of retirement and pension planning resources to help support you:
Thinking about retirement?
Watch our short video ‘Getting Started’
Want to know what options might be available to you?
Watch our short video ‘NHS Retirement & My Options’
Want support in financial planning for the future?
Watch our short video ‘My Finances & Me’
Retirement & My Working Options
For further ideas please see the ‘Retirement & My Working Options’ infographic below:
You can download a PDF version of the ‘Retirement & My Working Options’ infographic below:
Retirement Options – Sally’s Journey
Retirement Options – Aran’s Journey
Retirement Options – Lindsey’s Journey
You can download a PDF version of all three ‘Retirement Options Journeys’ infographics below:
For more information, please contact NHS pensions or touch base with your local pensions team.
|Handy Income & Expenditure Document|
|NHS pensions Twitter Page – lots of useful information and updates|
How to support Late Career Healthcare Professionals – Toolkit For Managers and Leaders
Please see our helpful Late Career toolkit with tips and advice for supporting late career professionals across your area. In it, you’ll find resources, ideas and signposting in order to better support you and your teams and plan for the future. Remember to download and print the toolkit for your area.
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You can download a PDF version of the Toolkit below:
Late Career Development & Opportunities
It might be you have always worked in the same role and or department, or you may have had many roles throughout your career. Either way, during the transition into later life it’s a great opportunity to think about where you see yourself over the coming years and what feels important to you. Take a look at our helpful infographic highlighting some ideas for later life transitional working.
You can download a PDF version of the ‘Late Careers Framework’ infographic below:
Coaching & Mentoring
Life long career coaching has been identified as a priority for healthcare professionals. Seeking an external coach to guide you in career and life decisions can be hugely beneficial later in life. Looking for a local coach or mentor?
Late Career Support & Development Programme
In May 2021, the Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Integrated Care System hosted a 3 day bespoke and co-designed programme specifically for healthcare professionals over 50 working across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
The programme outline and resources can be found below and it is currently being reviewed with plans to offer more programmes in the future.
|Timewise flexible working and job design guidance for employees|
|Timewise Flexible Working Report|
|Pelvic Health and the Menopause|
For more information on the programme, please contact the Institute of Care Excellence, NUH email@example.com
Healthcare organisations have an increasing amount of resources both online and face to face aimed at supporting peri menopausal and menopausal women to remain healthy in work.
In addition, many organisations have resources and training for leaders and managers in supporting those experiencing menopausal symptoms and making reasonable adjustments for employees. It is important to remember that the menopause is a normal process and that support should be available to help you at work.
Perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms can last many years and even decades for some women. These symptoms can include hot flushes, anxiety, insomnia, problems with concentration and memory, fatigue, headaches, muscle and joint pains, urinary symptoms and low mood. For many women these are debilitating symptoms that adversely affect their daily life, work, relationships and also their future health and ability to work.
Things you can do
You can request reasonable adjustments be made within your workplace to help you manage your menopausal symptoms, such as:
- flexible working
- requesting a different uniform if you are experiencing hot flushes
- moving to a cooler part of the office or asking for a fan
- using technology where it can help you, for example setting up reminders on your phone or taking more notes to help with ‘brain fog’
Your health and wellbeing team will likely have a range of sessions and groups that can support you in having these conversations and contacting your OH department and reviewing your menopause policy can form a great starting point.
- The East Midlands Leadership Academy facilitate a Menopause coffee and chat session every month providing peer support and information. These sessions are FREE and can be accessed online
- Simply Menopausal is an online resource run by Ali Dilks of the British Menopause Society. It contains weekly videos and Q&A’s answering practical questions about working life relating to the menopause.
- Lastly, connect with others face to face by finding your local menopause café here
Support for Carers
You may find later in life, you have additional caring responsibilities. Many late career healthcare professionals often care for grandchildren in addition to caring for elderly relatives. This can make work/life balance difficult. Please access this link if you are a carer or someone managing a team to find out more about the carers passport, advice and support, and to access Carers UK’s digital resources.