Return to Practice (Nursing)

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30 Credits at level 6

10 weeks taught content AND a minimum 75 hours practice placement

This short course is designed to support the qualified Adult or Mental Health nurse who is looking to return to work and regulatory body registration within a registered healthcare professional role. Successful completion of the course would provide evidence that the practitioner has met all of the learning outcomes for return to practice programmes and readmission on to the professional register, as defined by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (2011).

The course aims to support returning nurses to understand the current health and social care context; including exploration of national policy, legislation and professional expectations that govern contemporary practice. The course provides students with the opportunity to reflect upon their professional values and role within modern healthcare provision. 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.

Application forms and expressions of interest for the next course – due to start at the end of January 2020 are now being accepted. For more information or to send your application form please contact

Aims and Objectives

This course has the following overarching aims:

  • For return to practice students to update their knowledge and skills in order to gain readmission on to their professional body register
  • For return to practice students to understand the requirement to provide safe, effective, compassionate care to service users
  • For return to practice students to employ reflection techniques to promote self-awareness and deeper learning
  • For return to practice students to appreciate the impact and influence of health and social care policy, guidelines, legislation and codes of conduct to their professional practice
  • For return to practice students to develop confidence and autonomy in their knowledge, skills, competencies and professional behaviours, in order to feel prepared for readmission on to their professional body registration and to gain appropriate employment.

How you Study

This programme will be delivered using blended learning methods. Taught seminars will be supplemented by extensive directed learning that aims to enable students to further their knowledge and systematic understanding of the contemporary care landscape. Online evidence-based resources will be made available to students via the Blackboard site, to facilitate opportunities for autonomous and remote learning.

Scenario and case-based learning is an integral feature of the educational approach to this module, as is learning from critical reflection upon real-life work situations and experiences. Techniques such as self and peer assessment, personal development planning and group work will be used to promote reflective thinking.

Students will be expected to further their knowledge and understanding by contextualising their learning to their practice and through independently preparing for taught sessions and assessments through self-directed learning.

Application forms and expressions of interest for the next course – due to start at the end of January 2020 – should be sent to

Interview days for January 2020 course:


Contact and Independent Study

Students on this course can expect to receive a total of 42 hours of contact time over the 10 weeks. In addition to this students will be expected to undertake a minimum of 40 hours of self-directed study and 142 hours of directed study, which includes the mandatory training requirements.

Students are required to undertake and successfully complete all mandatory training required by their practice placement area, prior to starting their practice placement.


Students will be assessed via an assignment and a practice placement assessment. Each carrying identical 50% weighting. Both must be passed to complete the module and graduate from the course.

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must have been previously registered with the NMC.
  • Certain conditions which may have been placed on an applicant as part of their lapse from the register may bar them from entry to the programme. 
  • Overseas Nurses not registered within the United Kingdom must meet the requirements of overseas nurses registering in the UK. Further clarification can be sought from the Professional Development Centre.
  • Satisfactory completion of Occupational Health Check.
  • Satisfactory completion of an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (formerly the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB))
  • Successful performance at an interview (including taking and passing a situational judgement test)

Please Note:

Return to practice courses can also be used to fulfil the practice hours requirement for revalidation with the NMC. If you have practised for fewer than the required number of hours in the three year period since your registration was last renewed or you joined the register, then you must successfully complete an appropriate return to practice course before your revalidation application date.

Practice Placement

Students on this course are required to complete a minimum of 75 hours in practice placement. Please note that students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and general living expenses during this placement.

Students will receive a bursary of £500 from Health Education England towards the costs associated with undertaking the Return to Practice course.  


All tuition fees for this course are paid by Health Education England.

Additional Costs

Please note that students are responsible for the cost of all occupational health checks, these are non-refundable. Occupational health checks generally include immunisation and depending on the individual requirements of the student, costs can range from £95 to £800.  

For more information please contact: