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Institute of Health

Return to Practice (Nursing)

Undergraduate Credit Part-time 1 year

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code
  • Entry Requirements View
  • Start Date(s) 22 September 2020
  • Award Undergraduate Credit
  • Study Mode Part-time
  • Course Length Part-time (1 year)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School Institute of Health

Why choose this course?

Please see these two important course updates from Caroline Lowe (Course Leader) March 2020:

  • We are currently in the process of a revalidation of this course which is due to be complete by May/June. The current course information that is listed will be changing. We aim to get this updated by early June. If you do have any questions in the meanwhile, please don’t hesitate to e-mail for further information.

COVID-19 Statement:

  • We appreciate a high number of ex-nurses who want to help with the current NHS crisis, but our Return to Nursing Practice course doesn’t commence until September 2020. Upon commencement of this course, it could take 6-8 months before you’re able to return to practice.

We’ve listed a few links which you might find useful:

Would you like to return to practice? 

(Adult, Mental Health, Child, Learning Disability, GPN (Practice Nurse)

Please note the Return to Nursing for GPN nurses only runs from January once a year. All other pathways run three times a year.

This course enables previously registered practitioners, who have been out of practice, to fulfil current Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requirements and return to the appropriate part of the register, ready to enter clinical practice as a safe and competent practitioner. The return to nursing practice course is available at degree level (Level 6) and students are encouraged to develop skills in life-long learning as required by the Post registration Education and Practice standards.

You can access further infomation from our webpage, where you can downlaod and read the applicant information sheet before applying.

Applicant information and course details

Please come to one of our Open Days if you wish to discuss the course further or contact the course leader:

Caroline Lowe
Senior Lecturer
Institute of Health
Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing
University of Wolverhampton
Gorway Road
Tel. 01902 518919

What happens on the course?

The course can be completed over 6 to 12 months. This is dependent on individual applicants.

  • At the beginning of the course 12 days of study will be delivered in blocks over a 12 week period.
  • Venue - Walsall Campus (Sister Dora Building, Gorway Road, Walsall).
  • The timetable detailing the content of sessions will be provided at the beginning of the course (forthcoming course dates are detailed below).
  • Self-Directed study is included within the timetable / study days relating to mandatory updates / training. A number of mandatory updates take the form of on line tests for which you will require some IT skills.
  • Following your 12 study days at university, you will commence a practice placement in an appropriate area of practice. Placements - will be discussed with you at interview. All placement areas must have had an educational audit undertaken and have a 'sign off' mentor to support you. The University will acquire this evidence prior to commencing the placement. Please be advised that placement requests will be considered, but cannot be guaranteed; you will be offered a suitable clinical placement to allow you to achieve the learning outcomes of the course.


What can Return to Practice Students do/not do?

Return to Practice Students may undertake a full range of activities under the supervision of their mentor like a 3rd year student nurse. The mentor takes professional responsibility for them in the same way as they do for other student nurses. The important thing is that the Return to Practice student is achieving their proficiencies and that supernumerary status is respected.

Can Return to Nursing Practice Students administer drugs and injections or put I.V.I.s?

Return to Practice Nursing Students should not be expected to take responsibility for administration of medicines. However they may administer medicines under supervision. Return to Practice nursing students cannot undertake expanded roles.

What study days, hours and shifts do Return to Practice Students Work?

Initially you will spend 12 days over the first 12 weeks in the classroom/ skills labs at the University of Wolverhampton Walsall Campus. Then you will commence an appropriate clinical placement. The number of clinical hours you are required to complete will depend on how long you have been out of practice. If you are not achieving the required proficiencies you will by negotiation, spend further time in practice. You will be expected to work a minimum of 2 shifts per week and adopt the shift patterns undertaken within the clinical placement area. Some placement areas work 12 hour shifts (long days) some work 7.5 hour shifts incorporating Early and Late shifts. You are required to be there for handover. You are not required to work night shifts. 

Who can the Return to Practice Student work with?

Ideally as a Return to Practice student you will work as many hours as possible with the designated sign off Mentor (at least 40%). If for any reason this is not possible, an associate mentor should be identified to supervise you. Completion of the document is the responsibility of the designated sign off mentor in liaison with the associate mentor.

Who do I contact if I need advice about the Return to Nursing Practice Course?

The course leader Caroline Lowe, can be contacted for further information or you can choose to drop in to one of our Open Days.


Potential Career Paths

The vast majority of the students who complete the course successfully find employment as a Registered Nurse having regained confidence, ensuring their practice is up to date and their knowledge is evidence based.

Following the Return to Practice course some students choose to continue with part-time studies at University in order to enhance their careers even further.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

  • Nursing is an exciting and developing profession that you will have previously enjoyed, and this course will provide a broad-based update on essential subjects that will allow you to continue your career in nursing.
  • If you have been a previously Registered Nurse on any part of the current or former Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) or UKCC Register, this course will enable you to re-register and return to nursing practice.
  • Whether you have been out of practice for a long period of time, or have had a career break, you are welcome to apply for this course and there is no upper age limit.

By the end of the course, including your directed and self directed study, you should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate your role as a nurse and demonstrate safe, competent and professional practice in the health and social care setting.
  • Collect, analyse and synthesise evidence for best practice; demonstrate the application and dissemination of findings in practice.
  • Critically evaluate the impact of a range of national policies and strategies on local provision of health and social care.
  • Demonstrate the synthesis and critical evaluation of your individual learning needs for continuing professional development and accountability in order to maintain registered nurse status and enhance your future practice.



  • Evidence of lapsed NMC registration (PIN) and a clear rationale for why you wish to return to nursing.
  • Numeracy and literacy tests are undertaken prior to / on the same day as interview.
  • A discussion regarding a suitable clinical placement will take place during the interview.
  • You are required to demonstrate experience of working in a Multi-disciplinary healthcare environment within the last 12 months
  • You will be required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and all relevant criminal and civil convictions must be disclosed at the application stage.
  • Occupational Health clearance and a suitable reference are also required in order to secure a conditional place on the course.

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


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