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Return to Practice (Adult Nursing)

This course is designed to enable you to regain the confidence, knowledge, skills and behaviours required to return to the workforce as a competent and safe practitioner. The transition to becoming a registered nurse is the focus of the module and includes processes associated with the development of competence in the relevant field of nursing, namely adult nursing. The use of evidence to underpin practice development from a personal and professional perspective is explored, debated and applied within their clinical setting. Successful completion of the supervised practice period, in conjunction with the theoretical component of the module, enables the student to be recommended to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) for entry onto the professional register.

Credits: 30 Credits at level 6

Study mode: Part-time

Location: Uxbridge Campus

Duration: 15 weeks

Start date: September & February

Is this course for me?

Our Return to Practice course has been developed to enable nurses from the United Kingdom (UK) whose NMC registration has lapsed to re-register with the NMC, or, in the case of nurses from the European Union (EU)/European Economic Area (EEA), who have been instructed by the NMC to complete a Return to Practice course, to become eligible for registration with the NMC and seek employment in the UK.

This course will included a 12 to 15 week placement at two shifts a week in addition to university attendance of one full day a week for 12 weeks and homework.

What will this course cover?

During this course, you will develop a range of skills covering analysis, critical thinking, problem solving and reflective practice, which are necessary to provide evidence-based, holistic care for adult patients and their families.  The assessment strategies within this module encourage and facilitate the development of computer and information technology literacy i.e. the use of online resources to develop numeracy skills and the use of work processing software for a reflective assignment. Through supervised learning in practice you will acquire clinical competence and awareness of the health and social care needs of your local population.

Content will include:

  • Professional and healthcare values/context
  • Safeguarding and protection of vulnerable people
  • Development of clinical skills
  • Patient safety
  • Personal well-being.
  • Adult nursing clinical issues

Specific employability support is provided within the module, which includes guidance surrounding applications for employment, navigation of recruitment and selection processes, and managing the transition from student to registered adult nurse.

What are the entry requirements?

  • An appropriate clinical placement area with a sign-off mentor
  • An interview with a panel to consist of the Course Leader, practice partner/s and a service user representative
  • Literacy/numeracy testing

Eligibility for entry to the course will be discussed at interview.

For all students applying to the course, the minimum qualifications for enrolment are:

  • Has previously successfully completed a nursing qualification with the UK or equivalent in EU/EEA and have a transcript of the training programme.
  • An in-date NMC decision letter setting out the requirements of their supervised practice. The NMC letter is only valid for 2 years from date of issue after which the candidate will need to be reassessed by the NMC.
  • An NMC statement that their registration has lapsed and they are required to undertake an approved Return to Practice course.


  • A placement within a healthcare setting that has an in-date placement audit and a sign-off mentor available to support the student.
  • An honorary contract with the placement provider has been agreed/being prepared prior to course commencement which will include an Occupational Health check and DBS clearance.
  • Holds appropriate work permit documentation (when required).
  • EU/EEA qualifications compared for United Kingdom equivalence (NARIC™) (when required).
  • Two references identifying good character of the applicant.
  • If a health problem is disclosed or identified during the application process, confirmation from the University Occupational Health provider will be required to establish whether the student is fit to undertake the course.
  • Students with an Interim Order from the NMC requiring specific Conditions of Practice must disclose these conditions at time of application.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry
We are currently reviewing our fees for this course.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

Further information
Find out more about our fees and funding.

Questions about fees?
Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

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