Return to Practice

Considering a return to practice course?

We can help you refresh your nursing skills in a friendly, supportive environment.

About the course

The course consists of six theory days and six directed study days, based at Canterbury Christ Church University at the Canterbury campus. For nursing, you will also be expected to undertake a minimum of 100 practice hours under the supervision of a sign -off mentor in a placement validated by the University. For Health Visiting, this will be 150 hours (20 days).

Recruitment for this course considers not only the values of the specific profession you are wishing to join, but also the values of the wider NHS. You can expect to be shortlisted and interviewed based upon these values as well as course/profession specific requirements. More information on values can be found here.

Who is eligible?

  • Adult Nurses, Child Nurses, Mental Health Nurses and Health Visitors who are registered with the NMC with a lapsed PIN number.
  • Applicants must be registered with the NMC and have had less than 450 hours of professional practice in the past three years.
  • Applicants will be expected to achieve passes for numeracy and literacy tests undertaken at interview.
  • Applicants must have undertaken two years of clinical practice since qualification.
  • Entry to the programme is conditional on a DBS check and Occupational Health clearance.
  • If you have not been in clinical practice for over 10 years, it is advisable to work as a clinical support worker prior to the course.

Programme outline credit rating

  • 20 credits towards Degree (Level 6).

Aims of the programme

The programme aims to:

  • Enable students to be competent and confident to function and accept accountability and responsibility as a registered Adult Nurse, Child Nurse, Mental Health Nurse or Health Visitor in their chosen setting.
  • Enable students to achieve and demonstrate the learning outcomes as specified and practice competencies defined by the essential skills clusters (NMC 2010) for Adult, Mental Health and Child Nursing. For Health Visitors the standards of proficiency for specialist community public health nurses (NMC 2004).
  • Prepare students to be fit for practice with the appropriate knowledge and skills. (NMC, 2010, Standards for pre-registration Nursing Education).

Course dates in 2017/18




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