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Return to Practice (all fields of nursing practice)

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Please note the course is currently being redesigned and will run again in January 2025. 


This course is aimed at nurses who wish to prepare for re-registration to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register and return to clinical practice. Please note, you must have previously been on the NMC register to apply - and you will be expected to provide evidence of latest entries to the NMC register to wish you intend to return.

Who the course is aimed at

If you are a nurse whose NMC registration has lapsed and you would like to renew your registration with the aim of returning to practice, this course is designed for you. You may also choose this course if you have maintained your registration but have been out of clinical practice for a period of time and would like to return to practice.

What you learn

You will gain knowledge and understanding about current practice, and develop your ability to critically reflect upon your learning and practice again.

General areas covered

Your field of nursing, as well as individual learning needs are considered at the start of the course and reviewed as it progresses.

You will spend time in clinical placement, where you will be supported  by suitably prepared Practice Supervisors and Practice Assessors.

We provide modern facilities to help you redevelop your clinical skills and specialist knowledge for your career.  You will have access to a wide range of supporting materials which will enable you to build upon the topics covered in the programme of study. These materials, along with personal self directed study, will ensure that you have knowledge of contemporary topics and theories relevant to your particular area of practice. 

You will explore topics including:
Consent and capacity
Legislation and policies
Safeguarding adults and children
Medicines management, utilisation and optimisation
Reflective practice
Contemporary issues in nursing practice

This programme brings together learners from a range of backgrounds, to study together, creating a vibrant, challenging and supportive learning experience. 

This course will start in January 2025. 

For students living in England who meet the entry criteria, the course is funded by NHS England so there are no fees to pay. This also includes a non means-tested bursary (unless you are currently employed on a NHS contract). For any queries related to funding eligibility, please contact Paul Gibson (Return to Practice Coordinator for NHS England) on or 0191 275 4796.


Fees and Funding for 2023/24

How to apply

  • Entry requirements

    For the programme(s) you wish to return to, you must be able to substantiate:
    Previous permanent Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in one of the fields of Nursing:
    Adult Nursing 
    Mental Health Nursing
    Child Nursing
    Learning Disability Nursing

    Recent experience preferable:
    You will have been registered on the live NMC register typically within the last 15 years. If you have been ‘out of practice’ for more than 10 years, you will be advised to gain significant current relevant experience. Examples of appropriate settings are available on the online prospectus.

    Motivation to return to practice and insight into strengths, weaknesses and clinical practice:
    Satisfactory completion of an electronic personal statement (500 words) as part of the application process which demonstrates insight into your past experience, role of your field of nursing, an understanding of current nursing practice and the requirements of the programme. This should be written in an academic style which includes appropriate use of contemporary literature, to assess ability to write at level 06.  Support for completing applications, including personal statements, is available.

    Good Health and Character: 

    You must:
    Declare any previous Fitness to Practice referrals and details of any periods of suspension from the NMC Register and conditions of return to the register.
    Be prepared to undergo Occupational Health screening processes to assess your suitability for future employment within nursing.
    Satisfy enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) requirements before commencing placement. 

    Condition of suitability:
    Literacy (Listening, Writing, Reading and Speaking): either completed their original Nursing Programme in English, or undertake the Occupational English Test (OET) to demonstrate effortless written and spoken English in a healthcare setting, with only occasional errors.
    Listening and speech assessed during interview.

    One satisfactory reference. This must in accordance with the NMC’s list of approved signatories (NMC 2019), In exceptional circumstances, we will consider international references within Category A and B.  

    Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a selection event. The selection event is facilitated collaboratively by the academic team, clinical partners and service users (experts-by-experience). Candidates will demonstrate their understanding of the fields of nursing, the challenges in practice and a commitment to succeeding as professionals and suitability for the programme. Academic staff, service users and practice learning partners attend training in the principles of selection, equality and diversity through the University.

    The deadline for applications is 29/05/2023  If you would like to speak to the course leader at any point prior to this, please e-mail who will get back to you promptly to arrange a telephone/Zoom appointment.

    Conditional places are offered subject to successful clearance through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Occupational Health (OH) and the SHU Pre-admission declaration for health and social care programmes. Before enrolling you must fully declare on the forms provided during the admissions process:

    • unfiltered criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings. For further information on unfiltered offences please see the Disclosure and Barring Service website.
    • involvement in disciplinary proceedings during paid or voluntary employment or education establishments
    • involvement with safeguarding proceedings, social services or related organisations
    • enrolment on a health or social work professional course at another University

    Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Criminal Record Check

    • you must undertake an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check prior to or during the enrolment week of your course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.
    • if you have lived outside of the UK for more than six consecutive months in the last five years you must provide an overseas criminal record check.
    • where your DBS Enhanced Disclosure certificate contains any recorded information you must present this to the Professional Issues Team within ten working days of receipt of the certificate.

    Occupational Health Screening
    You must undertake occupational health screening to determine your suitability to undertake the course. This will be provided by the University free of charge.

    You must undertake a programme of immunisations as required by the Department of Health and meet the immunisation and immunity requirements of placement providers. This will be provided by the University free of charge.

    Pre-course Day
    After completing the above professional checks, if you reside in the UK you are expected to make every reasonable attempt to attend a Pre-Course Day event to undertake the professional requirements of your course. This is also an opportunity to meet fellow applicants to the health & social care courses who will be starting their studies at the same time as you, some current students and teaching staff.

    Other professional suitability information
    Your full enrolment on your course will be confirmed when the Professional Issues Team have verified that your Enhanced DBS Disclosure (and overseas criminal record check where relevant) indicates that you are suitable to work with vulnerable groups including children and clearance from your health screening has been received.
    If your personal circumstances change in relation to any of the professional requirements, from when you apply to the end of your course, you must tell the Professional Issues team immediately by calling 0114 225 5637 or emailing

  • Attendance

    Provisional timetable

    This programme will involve a limited amount of face-to-face teaching. You will be expected to attend campus for Mandatory practical skills training and Clinical skills teaching.

    These will be supported by a timetable of interactive theoretical e-learning activities which will include a comprehensive package of generic and field/part specific learning. You will have full access to our comprehensive support resources to enable you to become a resilient and self-directed learner.

    The course is currently being redeveloped and will run again in January 2025. 


    View our statement on timetable changes »

  • Assessment

    Module assessment is made up of one or more assessment tasks. The assessment task(s) for this module are:

    • Written Assignment
    • Practical Assessment

    Successful completion of this module will earn you 20 level 6 credits

Further details

For further information please contact the module leader Michaela Brown - or contact the student experience team:

(0114) 225 2372

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