Return to contemporary practice - Nursing

Who should attend this course?

This course is for qualified nurses whose registration with the NMC has lapsed. If you are not registered with the NMC a letter from the NMC stating that the attendance of the Return to Practice course is necessary.

Course content

The Return to contemporary practice for nursing course aims to prepare you for return to today’s working environment by providing education that is both practice and classroom based. It has been validated by the NMC to enable those practitioners whose registration has lapsed to return to practice with the contemporary skills, knowledge and competence that is required in the present health care climate. It is also an opportunity to share and debate best practice and develop a support network for the future.

This course includes mandatory updates in CPR and Moving & Handling, together with relevant clinical topics, such as infection control, wound care, as well as some of the overarching national guidelines and principles. Nurses from different ‘subparts’, e.g. children’s nursing, mental health-, learning disabilities nursing will be taught together for more generic subjects, and will be supported by a personal tutor of their discipline. This course is now offered at degree level only.

For this course you must have a suitable clinical placement to complete a minimum of 200 hours (or up to 375 hours if your practice has lapsed for more than 12 years). Once we have received your completed application form, you will be invited for an informal interview with the module leader and a Senior Trust Manager to identify a suitable clinical placement. Whilst working in the clinical area you will be supported by a qualified Sign-off Mentor. If you want a clinical placement outside of Hertfordshire you will need to negotiate this separately with the module leader.

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How does this module map the NHS KSF?

The course contributes to the development of knowledge and understanding for the KSF Core Dimensions. These are embedded within the theory lectures and your practice experience


Practice Assessment: Successful completion of the required hours in practice, as well as competence in clinical skills, which are verified by your Sign-off Mentor.

Theoretical Assessment: One reflective essay on an aspect of care that has changed since you were last in practice is essential.

(A formative essay mid-course to improve your essay writing skills is optional.)

Why choose this course?

How to apply

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Course fees

Credit level for this course: 15 credits at Level 6.

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Contract funding for NHS Staff

The University is contracted by the NHS to provide post-registration education/CPD and training for its health professionals.

If you are an NHS employee contact the senior manager responsible for post-registration education/CPD in your Trust to check if the course you wish to attend can be supported by the Trust's contract with our University.

Study routes

  • Part Time