Return to Practice

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Please note the course starting in September 2020 is subject to approval. Remote interviewing will take place during current isolation period.

We can help you 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.

We are happy to hear from you if you are a registered Adult, Child or mental health nurse or a health visitor.

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, 2018, Standards for pre-registration Nursing Education).

This course is suitable for Adult Nurses, Child Nurses, Mental Health nurses with a lapsed PIN number. Specialist Community Public Health Nurses who are registered with the NMC with a live PIN in their initial qualification may update for the SCPHN part of the register or both parts of the register in succession (please contact the Course Lead prior to application).

Applicants must have an NMC PIN number and do not meet the revalidation standard (please see revalidation advice on the NMC website).

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

- Lian White, Return to Practice student

The course consists of six study days and six simulated practice days, based at Canterbury Christ Church University at the Canterbury Campus. You will also undertake a minimum of 100 practice hours and maximum of 300 hours under supervision in a placement validated by the University. There will also be a registration event prior to the course.

Prerequisites of the course are:

  • Applicants will be expected to achieve passes for literacy tests undertaken at interview.
  • Entry to the programme is conditional on DBS clearance, Occupational Health clearance, satisfactory reference and confirmation of supervised practice placement. Please note your place will not be confirmed unless these are achieved prior to course start date.
  • You may be required to apply for clinical placement with the trust of your choice and be employed during the course (contact Course lead for clarification).
  • You will be expected to be computer literate and previous academic study is an advantage. Contact us for advice if unsure.

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

There is an emphasis on reflection in preparation for future NMC revalidation.  The directed learning is a key part of the learning experience and you will prepare information on a topic relevant to your area of practice and be prepared to share and discuss 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

The assessment consists of two parts:

  1. assessment of practice
  2. reflective portfolio and reflective essay

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

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


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.

Additional costs

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

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

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.

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

You will need to have:

  • 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 short statement of why you wish to return to nursing and what area of practice they would like to return to

Apply Direct / Part-time study

Location Length Start  
Return To Practice apply
Canterbury 20 weeks part-time September 2020

For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online.

For further information, please contact the programme administrator:

Tel: 01227 922418


Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • Six study days and six directed learning days

    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.


  • September 2020

Entry requirements

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

    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.




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