Return to Practice (Nursing)

Return to Practice (Nursing)
15 Credits at Level 6

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Applications will close on 12 August 2023.

Course Overview

This short course supports learners who are former NMC or UKCC registrants who qualified as Adult, Mental Health, and Children's nurses who are looking to return to work and registration with the NMC.

Successful completion of the course will enable the learner to demonstrate achievement of the NMC Standards for Proficiency and programme outcomes for the relevant part of the register. This will deem you eligible to reregister with the NMC.

The short course will support learners to understand the current health and social care context; including exploration of national policy, legislation, and professional expectations that govern contemporary practice. The course will enable learner to reflect upon their professional values and role within modern nursing practice. Students will be expected to reflect upon and critically explore specialist issues and apply their learning, skills, and knowledge to the context of their professional field of practice.

The programme learning outcomes are mapped against the Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses (NMC, 2018) Part 1- Standards framework for nursing and midwifery education, Part 2 Standards for student supervision and assessment, and Part 3 Standards for return to practice programmes.


The module is based upon a blended-learning approach. This means that the lectures will be delivered asynchronously online so you can watch them at your own leisure, along with live seminar sessions to discuss these further, which will also be online. You will complete face-to-face mandatory skills session to cover any mandatory skills sessions, such as BLS, and manual handling if needed.


The programme consists of two key elements:

  •  A theoretical component will be six taught days using a blended approach. These will be asynchronous, live lectures, and face-to-face elements. The format of these is to be confirmed and is likely to be two days per week.

  • After these six taught days there will be two days which are focusing on skills acquisition as they relate to the practice assessment document (PAD). These hours will be counted towards placement hours.

  • Placements will be in a clinical setting attending a minimum of two shifts per week at either 8 or 12 hours days, up to a maximum of 37.5 hours. You will be expected to complete between 150 and 450 hours in clinical placement to achieve the elements for the PAD.

Once you have completed all theoretical elements and completed the PAD, you will be expected to complete an assignment which can be completed while on placement or after completion of placement, however, please note that if completed after placement this may delay board ratification and informing the NMC.


Applications: Closing Date 12 August 2023

Start Date: w/c 11 September 2023


We will allocate you to a placement area, which should align as best we can with your previous practice area and location, usually within the Lincolnshire system and in collaboration with our existing practice partners. We are always developing our network of placement providers. Please check in advance with the team if you have any questions about placement locations. You may have to travel to access your placement allocation, so please bear this in mind.

Sometimes we may have placements that may also offer an employment opportunity at the end, and we will make you aware of these opportunities if they arise during the taught element of the programme so you can opt-in.

Once you have been allocated a placement you will need to commit to at least two days per week on a minimum of 8 hour days. You can do twelve hour days and again this will be a minimum of two days per week. You can do 37.5 hours per week on average.

The stipulation for the programme is that you need to complete a minimum of 150 hours placement and up to 450 hours to complete the practice documentation. This is a guide and we would like to discuss how many hours you think you would need.


The assessment for this course will be:

  • A written reflection on practice experiences using the NMC revalidation template
  • A Practice Assessment Document or PAD is a Pan England document used to assess competency in clinical practice, it includes an Episode of Care assessment as well as Medicine Management assessment.
  • Both elements need to be completed satisfactorily for consideration at examination boards and NMC

Fees and Funding

Health Education England (HEE) pay the fees (to the University and placement) and a bursary to students or £1000 for their place on the course. This is for miscellaneous expenses which you may incur as a result of attending the programme. These can include resources, childcare, or travel costs. Uniform, Occupational Health, and DBS status expenses will be borne by the University of healthcare provider. You can expect to receive your bursary during the six theoretical taught days.

Entry Requirements

An applicant must have previously been on the Nursing Register** and had their registration lapse following a period of three years or more


  • They may be nurses seeking readmission to the register, who have practised for fewer than 750 hours in the previous five years, or 450 hours in the three years before their application for readmission to the register.
  • Applicants will be asked to provide their NMC PIN as part of the application process.
  • Satisfactory completion of a Declaration of Suitability Form
  • Satisfactory clearance from Occupational Health
  • Satisfactory reference

For more information please contact Sean Morton (Programme Leader) at

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** The School of Health and Social Care will check all applicants' prior registration status and conditions of re-entry to the Register as part of the application screening process, to ensure that the applicant is able to successfully return to the Register upon completion of the programme.

Certain conditions which may have been placed on an applicant from remaining on the register may prevent them entry to the programme. This will be reviewed as part of a Fitness to Proceed process. The successful completion of a Return to Practice programme would only enable an applicant to return to the part of the register they were previously on.