Return to contemporary practice - Nursing

Who should attend this course?

The Return to nursing course is for qualified nurses whose registration with the NMC has lapsed. i.e. you have not completed 450 hours of registered practice and 35 hours of learning activity in the previous three years within the UK or overseas, or 750 hours of practice in the last five years and 35 hours of learning in the last three years.

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Course content

The Return to nursing course aims to explore with you the delivery of safe, compassionate and competent nursing care to patients/clients/service users in the context of contemporary healthcare provision. You will also examine and discuss the role and responsibilities of the registered nurse and the factors that influence healthcare delivery, especially in providing nursing services.

You will undertake mandatory updates in CPR and Moving and Handling, along with other key clinically important topics such as infection prevention and control, wound care, and a range of national and locally driven policies and initiatives.

If you are a registered nurse from the field of children’s nursing, mental health or learning disabilities nursing, you will be taught with adult nurses for the generic sessions and will receive field specific support from an experienced tutor from your chosen field.

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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: Portfolio development demonstrating your skills in evidence sourcing and appraisal, analysis and reflection. 

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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As part of Heath Education England’s Comeback campaign financial assistance is available for course fees and a small bursary towards the cost of education, e.g. book costs.

Teaching methods

Where is the module taught and by whom?

The course is taught at the College Lane Campus and in the skills labs at Meridian House in Hatfield.

It is facilitated by lecturers with expertise in the area from the University and invited external speakers.

Computer Equipment Requirement

Delivery of the module will incorporate blended learning which aims to combine e-learning activities with campus based learning.

You will therefore need to have access to a suitable personal computer and a good reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended).

Most modern PCs or Macs (less than 3 years old) should be suitable.

If you have any queries or need any additional support with IT skills, the School employs an e-learning technologist who will be pleased to help and advise you.

Study routes

  • Part Time