This course enables nurses and health visitors who have had a break from practice to regain the confidence, knowledge and skills to return to the workforce.
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
The University of Northampton
Boughton Green Road
This course enables nurses and health visitors who have had a break from practice to regain the confidence, knowledge and skills to return to the workforce. Currently there is a national campaign led by Health Education England to encourage nurses to return to practice, and funding is available to support students.
This is a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) approved course. It is provided for all nurses and health visitors who are unable to meet the criteria for revalidation, and who are therefore required to undertake a Return to Practice programme before re-registering with the NMC. It can also help nurses to refresh skills required when moving between disciplines.
The course is a 20 credit module comprising both theory and practice, and can is accessed at Level 6. Discipline specific specialist lecturers provide tutorial and teaching input.
Supervised practice is usually undertaken in an area related to previous experience, and can be arranged in a variety of ways. Students can work with supernumerary status, or dovetail student hours with working as a healthcare assistant. (The latter route is only available in some practice settings.)
For more information about financial, clinical and academic support available to any allied health professional wishing to take the RtP visit the Health Education England site.
Methods of Learning
Study takes place through lectures, group work, online resources, one to one tutorials and practical sessions. There is a strong focus on self-directed study.
The programme length is 16 weeks for nurses to complete and up to five months for health visitors. Courses take place in September, February and May.
Assessment is through an evidence based practice portfolio.
Facilities and Special Features
- comprehensive support available from a designated and experienced course team
- flexible arrangements to suit individual needs
- strong links with NHS stakeholders
Once back on the professional register, many varied opportunities are available to work as a qualified nurse or health visitor in the NHS or other healthcare arena.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 16/17 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
Fees quoted are for Home, EU and International students commencing their course in the academic year 2016/17. Tuition fees are payable for each year of the course and fees may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
Please refer to the School of Health.
Currently the programme is supported by a national campaign. Most students will receive UK government funding via Health Education England (HEE) regions. There are also bursaries available to help cover costs incurred during the programme. Please visit the HEE Return to Practice website for further information about funding.
Students undertaking independent sector placements who are sponsored by their employer must present a sponsorship letter to the university when they enrol on the course.
Self-funding students are required to pay the full fee (by debit or credit card) at the time they enrol on the course. The course fees for 2015/16 are £1,000.