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Return to practice

Return to practice

If you’re a nurse with lapsed registration and you’re keen to update your skills and training, we have a joint programme in place with the University of Northampton to support and mentor you through the process.

We’ll give you a personalised placement package, and the time and space you need to update your skills and knowledge - and at the end of the programme, we’ll give you the chance to join our fantastic nursing team.                   

The return-to-practice course offers:

  • Fully paid university course fees
  • Additional £500 towards study and travel costs
  • Hospital-based clinical skills training
  • Named sign-off mentor in the placement area of your choice
  • Guaranteed job on successful completion of the course on your first choice ward, subject to NMC registration and usual employment checks
  • Clinical skills training
  • Preceptorship programme for newly-appointed nurses
  • Support with academic development to Degree or Masters level

The return to practice programme is a combination of classroom and placement based learning. Throughout the programme you will develop a portfolio demonstrating your skills and competencies which will be sent to the Nursing and Midwifery Council to record the completion of your return to practice programme and your re-registration.

Throughout the RTP programme, you’ll have access to the full range of support offered by our Practice Development Hub.


If you've ever thought about returning to practice, you're in the right place

If you have previously been a registered nurse and wish to return to the profession, then you may need to undertake a return to practice programme. The programme provides a platform to work with other professionals to update your skills and knowledge, so that you can return to work in nursing with confidence.

To ensure that returning to nursing is as simple as possible for you, return to practice programmes have been refreshed across the country so that you can enjoy a supportive, flexible and varied learning experience. There may also be funding available to support you further in coming back to the profession you once loved.  You can find out more and how to apply here

We have a number of nurses who have returned to practice and they are valued members of our team.  You can read about their experiences here:

Ruth - watch Ruth's story 

Sharon - watch Sharon's story 

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