The Institute of Health

Return to Practice (Nursing)s

Undergraduate Credit Part-time 1 year

Are you a qualified nurse that has lapsed out of practice? Would you like to return to practice? (Adult, Mental Health, Child, Learning Disability, GPN (Practice Nurse).

Are you a qualified nurse that has lapsed out of practice? Would you like to return to practice? (Adult, Mental Health, Child, Learning Disability, GPN (Practice Nurse).

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code
  • Entry Requirements View
  • Start Date(s) 22 September 2020, 15 January 2020
  • Award Undergraduate Credit
  • Study Mode Part-time
  • Course Length Part-time (1 year)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School The Institute of Health

Why choose this course?

Are you a qualified nurse that has lapsed out of practice? 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 twice 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.

Before Applying:

Please read the applicant information sheet below and see the start dates to ensure you can attend all dates.

Health Education England provide further information about Return to Nursing where you can find a variety of resources such as case studies of returners, video's, web chats and tweets from others considering or have returned to nursing. 

What happens on the course?

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

  • At the beginning of the course 10 days of study will be delivered in blocks over an 8 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 10 study days at university, you will complete appropriate Trust Inductions and then commence a practice placement in an appropriate area of practice. Placements - will be discussed with you at interview and again on commencement of the course. All placement areas must have had an educational audit undertaken and have a Practice Assessor and Practice Supervisor (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.

We can offer clinical placements at:

  • Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
  • The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
  • Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
  • Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
  • The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
  • Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

(We may be able to offer other placement areas – these would be negotiated and agreed with the course leader)

  • Your clinical placement is where you will complete the clinical part of the course. The number of clinical practice hours required is dependent on how many year you have been out of practice.
  • If you are currently working, please consider very carefully how you would incorporate your clinical hours into your current job. It is not permissible to try and complete the clinical hours working weekends only. You need to spread your hours over weekdays and weekends in order to gain useful and varied experience. You will be required to work the shifts normally worked within your clinical placement area and are required to be there for handover.
  • You will take responsibility for your own learning by negotiating practice outcomes with your mentor during your placement. You will lead the assessment process by preparing evidence to support your practice performance, and negotiate with your mentor a suitable time for assessment.

Here is a document with FAQ's regarding this course: FAQ's RTP (Word doc 14k)

If you need any more information, please join us at one of our Open Days


Course Modules

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. We offer academic advice sessions for those wishing to retrun to part time study. 

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.



  • 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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