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.
This course has the following overarching aims:
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.
Interviews: 20th and 21st June 2018
Interviews: 7th and 9th November 2018
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.
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.
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. This will be paid in two instalments of £250.
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