Key info


30 credits at level 5, 6


This unit is designed to meet current NMC requirements for a Return to Practice Nursing programme (NMC 2011), and in addition is relevant for nurses who are currently on the register but require the course to develop competence or confidence to practice (for example, service managers returning to practice).

It is relevant for a first level nurse returning to part one of the professional register. Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (who have current or lapsed registration on part one of the register) can undertake the practice requirements in their lapsed field of public health nursing. Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (who have current NMC registration as a midwife on part two of the register only) can undertake the practice requirements in their lapsed field of public health nursing to enable them to meet the PREP requirements for this. It is not approved for midwives wishing to return to part two, or part two and three, of the register.

You can find out more about the Return to Practice course in the Applicant Information Pack (in related documents below).

What you will study

The nature and length of the unit will be determined by the University and student in a diagnostic assessment, but will not be less than 5 days in length (NMC 2011). This assessment will take into account the registration history, previous levels of knowledge and experience, and any relevant experience undertaken whilst the student has been out of practice.

The curriculum includes:

Study requirements

Students must undertake 80-450 placement hours depending on time out of practice. The exact number will be decided by the unit leader in consultation with the individual student.

The unit must be completed within 2 years of initial registration.

Unit detail

For detailed information about this unit, please download the unit specification.

Fees and funding

Students may be funded by an employer, a sponsor, or by the CPD SLA from Health Education North West.

How to apply

Related Documents

Further information

For more information on our CPD provision, please contact course enquiries.