This course enables nurses and health visitors who have had a break from practice to enhance and hone their existing knowledge and skills so that they can confidently return to professional practice.
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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. Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) approved
Our Return to Professional Practice course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). This course 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. Studying our Return to Professional Practice course can also help nurses to refresh their skills if they are considering moving between disciplines.
The course is a 20 credit module comprising both theory and practice, and can is accessed at Level 6. Our teaching staff are specialists within health disciplines and use their experience and knowledge to inform their teaching and practice.
Supervised practice is usually undertaken in an area related to previous experience, and can be arranged in a variety of ways. You can work with supernumerary status, or dovetail your study hours with working as a healthcare assistant. Please note that 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 Return to Practice course, please visit the Health Education England site.
Module information is quoted for 16/17 currently. The course modules for 17/18 will be confirmed in Spring, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.
Methods of Learning
Study takes place through lectures, group work, online resources, one to one tutorials and practical sessions. This course allows you to develop your independent study skills and allows you to apply theory to practical situations.
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 you are back on the professional register, you will find that there are many varied opportunities available to work as a qualified nurse or health visitor in the NHS or other healthcare arena.
How to apply
Applications for this programme are made directly to the University and will need to submit the following documents with your application:
- a personal Statement which is between 500 and 800 words in length explaining why you would like to return to practice. You will need to include a brief outline of your past nursing experience, and a summary of how you have spent your time in the interim. Please note that this personal statement is an important part of your application. It will need to comply with The Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) standards for education which require that all applicants provide evidence of the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing.
- two references
- photocopies or scans of degree certificates
- NMC statement of entry that shows lapsed registration (no restrictions of practice)
- Change of Name document (if your name is different to the certificates you provide)
For application information, please see our how to apply page.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 18/19 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 Faculty of Health and Society.
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.
If you are undertaking independent sector placements and are sponsored by your employer you must present a sponsorship letter to the university when you enrol on the course.
If you are a self-funding student you are required to pay the full fee (by debit or credit card) at the time that you enrol on the course.