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Return to Nursing Practice

Return to Nursing Practice is for Registered Nurses (Adult, Mental Health or Children’s) whose registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has lapsed or who have not completed the required number of practice hours to remain on the Register. It provides a route to be eligible to re-join or remain on the NMC Register.




Key features

  • A flexible programme that provides opportunity for Registered Nurses (Adult, Mental Health and Children’s) to regain confidence and update their skills and knowledge in a safe and effective way
  • Successful completion provides eligibility to re-join or remain on the NMC Register
  • Flexible approach to the completion of individual placement hours
  • Development of reflective, critical thinking and decision-making skills to apply theoretical knowledge to contemporary clinical practice
  • Combines theory and practice hours to allow students to demonstrate safe, effective and holistic nursing practice
  • Opportunity to study a degree level module (level 6) and develop life-long learning skills


Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

Entry Criteria

To study the Return to Nursing Practice programme, applicants must:

  • Provide evidence of current or previous registration with the NMC as a Registered Nurse (Adult, Children’s or Mental Health)
  • Ability to study at level 6
  • Demonstrate Good Health and Good Character in accordance with NMC (2019) requirements
  • Enhanced DBS and occupational health clearance required prior to starting practice placement hours
  • Be able to attend practice placement for up to 450 hours

Applicants will be invited to a selection event where they will be required to demonstrate:

  • Values and behaviours in accordance with the NMC (2018) Code
  • Numeracy, literacy and digital/technological skills


Course content

What will you study?

Students will complete one 15 credit module at level 6: Return to Nursing Practice


Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?


You are taught through a combination of interactive skills workshops, lectures and small group seminars. Interactive skills workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through small group activities and simulated skills activities. 

Students will be allocated a personal academic tutor, who is usually the course lead.

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, and also the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful. 

All students will complete up to 450 hours in a range of practice settings for their intended area of practice. The exact hours are agreed at the commencement of the course. Placements are arranged by the work based learning and support office. While on placement you will be supervised and assessed by practice supervisors, a practice assessor and an academic assessor.

Contact time

Students will complete 6 taught days delivered across a semester.

Typically contact time will be structured around:

  • 2 x hours of interactive workshops/skills and simulated practice
  • 2 x hours of (large group) lectures
  • 2 x hours of small group seminars

All students will complete up to a maximum of 450 placement hours, the exact requirements will be determined individually. Students will be required to commit to spending a minimum of 2 days/week in placement to complete the required placement hours. 

Independent self study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 10 hours of personal self-directed study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments/presentations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.


Part-time over one semester. Maximum one year.


Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the module on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with nursing experience. 

Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy, and (as at January 2019) 87 per cent of Nursing lecturers have a higher education teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles. 


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of a practice or ‘formative’ assignment.

The course has two formal or ‘summative’ assessments, one of which is graded and counts towards the overall module grade, the other is an assessment of practice learning, which is facilitated by a practice assessment document (pass/fail only).

The assessment methods are:

  • Practice Assessment Document
  • An e-workbook

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss this with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on the formal course work assessment within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme Specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.


Where could it take you?

The programme is professionally accredited by the NMC.

Successful completion of the Return to Nursing Practice programme, provides eligibility to remain on or re-join the NMC register as a Registered Nurse.

Almost all those who complete the course continue into practice as a Band 5 in a range of healthcare settings, including within our local placement providers across Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Dudley.

Successful completion of this degree level module can enable progression to further degree level study including the BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies top-up at the University of Worcester.

Further opportunities also exist for master’s level study at the University of Worcester.



How much will it cost?


This course is funded by HEE.

All students employed by a Worcestershire NHS Trust or Wye Valley NHS Trust have to complete a study leave form (or equivalent) if they want (a) to study in works time, or (b) want the Trust to fund or part fund the course, or both.

Please ensure that funding for your study leave has been authorised by the Education lead for your Trust, before submitting your application, together with your study leave form.

Additional course-related costs

  • Day-to-day costs for printing, stationery, books
  • Travel costs to placement
  • Work shoes, fob watch
  • Cost of NMC registration on completion of the Return to Nursing Practice programme
  • Enhanced DBS

How to apply