Skill sets that really make a difference to real people when they are more vulnerable is why I came back.

Lian, Return to Practice student

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15 Weeks




Please note: This course has closed for September 2021 entry. Please contact our Course Enquiries team if you have any queries about this, or other courses. 

Update your knowledge and refresh your nursing skills in a friendly, supportive environment.

We will support you to update your skills in a supervised practice placement and facilitate the process in reaching the standards of proficiency required by a registered nurse.

This course is suitable for registered Adult, Child or mental health nurses or a health visitors with lapsed PIN registration.

This course will enable you:

  • to be competent and confident to function and act with integrity, accept accountability as a registered nurse or health visitor in your chosen setting improving care, keeping the public safe and advocating for those who require a voice.
  • to achieve and demonstrate the NMC Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses or the NMC Standards of Proficiency for Specialist Community Public Health Nurses and commit to learning and developing and thereby improve as a practitioner throughout your career
  • to gain renewed awareness of the needs of diverse populations, the people and families with complex healthcare needs and the integral requirement to work with colleagues from across the health and social care continuum.

Health and Social Care placements statement

We are proud to provide our students with the confidence and experience to practice in an evolving and dynamic health care service. The experience will enable you to deliver compassionate and evidence-based care. Read more by expanding the below section.

Entry requirements

Applicants must be registered with the NMC and have not met the revalidation standard for practice.

Entry to the course is conditional on a DBS check and Occupational Health clearance.

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.

You will need to provide:

  • a copy of the current statement of entry on the NMC register
  • NMC PIN number (if not included on statement)
  • copy of nursing qualification if available
  • date or year of last practice as a registered nurse
  • a statement stating why you wish to return to nursing and what area of practice you would like to return to. This is an essential part of your application.

If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 for most standard undergraduate and postgraduate courses. There are some exceptions and if the IELTS requirement differs it will be specified on the course page.

NMC registration required

All about the course

The course runs over 15 weeks and is available at undergraduate and postgraduate level. It has a blended learning approach with taught study days alternating with directed learning days which you can undertake away from the University using the electronic resources. The course aims to equip you with the core professional knowledge and skills to enable you to function effectively in a multi-professional team in your chosen health care setting as well as the understanding of current issues relevant to practice. This will enable you to re-establish your professional competence and help you to meet the changing needs of the practice areas to which you are returning.

You will also undertake a minimum of 150 practice hours under supervision in a placement validated by the University. You will concurrently complete the practice and theory element to enable you to reflect on the effectiveness of practice through integration of theory and evidence-based literature as well as regaining essential practice skills. There will also be an orientation event prior to the first day of the course.

How you’ll learn

A blended learning approach will be used. Taught sessions will include both face to face and virtual classroom sessions. There is an emphasis on reflection in preparation for future NMC revalidation. Directed learning is a key part of the learning experience and you will prepare to share and discuss new knowledge and learning with a group during the study days. All teaching is aimed at preparing you with the competencies of a registered nurse according to the NMC Future nurse proficiencies available at

You will have a personal tutor who will support you both in your studies and during your clinical placement.

You will be expected to have computer skills, internet access and be able to access learning materials via a university virtual learning environment. 

Check out our Continuing Professional Development Timetables for more information. Information about Return to Practice can be found on page 14.

I feel passionately about supporting nurses to return to practice to a diverse range of clinical settings. I welcome applications as soon as possible from any nurse with a lapsed NMC PIN who wishes to resume a rewarding career.

Kate DevisProgramme Director

How you’ll be assessed

The assessment consists of two parts:

  1. assessment of practice
  2. a case study.

Your future career

On successful completion of the course, you can register with the NMC and apply for relevant positions. The course prepares students to be fit for practice with the appropriate knowledge and skills (NMC, 2018, Standards for pre-registration Nursing Education).

Additional support about returning to practice is available from our regional Health Education England team who can talk you through routes available.


Tuition fees are currently paid by Health Education England together with a £500 bursary for the student. Please note that you will not receive the bursary until after you start the course and this is subject to review.

Course specific costs

You will be required to cover the costs of and arrange travel to university and clinical placement.

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