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Return to Practice (Nursing)

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The course runs for 15 weeks.

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Student must be qualified as a nurse whose registration has lapsed.


Has your nursing registration lapsed? Do you want to return to nursing, but you are apprehensive due the advancements in technology including medical devices and health informatics? We can offer a course that will aim to reinstate you on the professional body register and that will help you to make this transition and readjustment to your clinical practice.

To apply complete our online application form or register your interest

The Return to Practice programme is designed for previously registered nurses (Adult, Children’s, and Mental Health), of whom their nursing registration has lapsed, to return to nursing practice. The ultimate aim of the course is to ensure we provide you with contemporary clinical experience and related theory to enable you to be reinstated back onto the Nursing and Midwifery Council register.

The course runs over 15 weeks and consists of a combination of theory and practice hours. After an initial five-day block of theory, you are expected to attend one day of theory on alternate Fridays. Online learning will also be incorporated within the course.

You will be supported in your level 6 study skills, assisted with your academic writing and helped in planning your future professional and personal development. As you know, your skills and experience are invaluable to increase the nursing workforce and improve the level of patient care that can be provided.

You will be valued as an individual and respected for your previous knowledge and experience, and you will be encouraged to analyse, reflect and share on your own practice and that of others.

In practice, you will work closely with a named sign-off mentor who will enable you to refresh and develop your practice in either an acute, community, or general practice setting. You will be expected to complete a minimum of 150 hours in practice, with additional hours depending upon when you last practised regularly as a Registered Nurse, and when your registration lapsed.

All candidates are recruited in partnership with our neighbouring NHS Trusts. 

To apply for this course you will need to make contact firstly with the Course Leader, Dawn Parsons, who will provide advice and then guide you through the application process.

If you have any issues with completing the application form please contact the Admissions Team on (01473) 338352 or email

When completing the personal statement on the application form please state clearly the NHS Trust/Organisation where you wish to undertake your practice hours and which year you were last active on the NMC register.

Further information about the University's relationship with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is available in the PSRB register.

Course modules

The course consists of one module of 20 credits at level 6, degree level, divided equally into 50% practice experience and 50% of theory.  The practice hours you will have to complete will depend on how many years you have been out of practice.  This is be agreed at interview in partnership with your sponsoring Trust.  If you have never studied at degree level (level 6), or have been out of practice for more than 10 years, it would be wise to attend some pre course preparation before commencing the Return to Practice (Nursing) course. Information on this will be available from the Infozone on the ground floor of the University.

You must successfully complete all theoretical and practice elements of the course to be eligible to re-enter the professional register.  Where possible the clinical placement is related to your previous experience and an area of practice in which you intend to return on completion of the course.  However, a specific placement cannot be guaranteed although we try our very best to allocate you to your desired placement area.

On successful completion of the Return to Practice Course your details are be sent to the Nursing and Midwifery Council to enable re-instatement onto the live register.  Whilst this does not guarantee a Registered Nurse position, previous returnees have been successful in gaining employment soon after the module is completed.

The Return to Practice 20 credit level 6 module academic credits can be used toward a degree programme, for example the BA (Hons) Health and Social Care Practice.

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Fees and finance

All fees are funded by Health Education, East of England. In addition, you will receive a bursary of £500, which is paid to you after commencing in practice.

The payment of course fees and the bursary awarded by Health Education East of England are reviewed every year but are likely to continue for the academic year 2019/20.

Entry requirements

Student must be qualified as a nurse whose registration has lapsed.

  • Student must be qualified as a nurse whose NMC professional registration has lapsed.
  • DBS check and satisfactory occupational health clearance.
  • An approved placement is a requirement to undertake this course, either an acute, community, or general practice setting.
  • Students will be required to undertake a literacy and numeracy test at interview.


Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing