Taught course

Return to Practice

Canterbury Christ Church University · Faculty of Medicine, Health and Social Care
Return to Practice

Entry requirements

Applicants must be registered with the NMC and have not met the revalidation standard for practice.

Entry to the course is conditional on a DBS check and Occupational Health clearance.

Recruitment for this course considers not only the values of the specific profession you are wishing to join, but also the values of the wider NHS. You can expect to be shortlisted and interviewed based upon these values as well as course/profession specific requirements. More information on values can be found here.

You will need to provide:

  • a copy of the current statement of entry on the NMC register
  • NMC PIN number (if not included on statement)
  • copy of nursing qualification if available
  • date or year of last practice as a registered nurse
  • a statement stating why you wish to return to nursing and what area of practice you would like to return to. This is an essential part of your application.

If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 for most standard undergraduate and postgraduate courses. There are some exceptions and if the IELTS requirement differs it will be specified on the course page.

Months of entry


Course content

Update your knowledge and refresh your nursing skills in a friendly, supportive environment.

We will support you to update your skills in a supervised practice placement and facilitate the process in reaching the standards of proficiency required by a registered nurse.

This course is suitable for registered Adult, Child or mental health nurses or a health visitors with lapsed PIN registration.

This course will enable you:

  • to be competent and confident to function and act with integrity, accept accountability as a registered nurse or health visitor in your chosen setting improving care, keeping the public safe and advocating for those who require a voice.
  • to achieve and demonstrate the NMC Standards of Proficiency for Registered Nurses or the NMC Standards of Proficiency for Specialist Community Public Health Nurses and commit to learning and developing and thereby improve as a practitioner throughout your career
  • to gain renewed awareness of the needs of diverse populations, the people and families with complex healthcare needs and the integral requirement to work with colleagues from across the health and social care continuum.

The course runs over 15 weeks and is available at undergraduate and postgraduate level. It has a blended learning approach with taught study days alternating with directed learning days which you can undertake away from the University using the electronic resources. The course aims to equip you with the core professional knowledge and skills to enable you to function effectively in a multi-professional team in your chosen health care setting as well as the understanding of current issues relevant to practice. This will enable you to re-establish your professional competence and help you to meet the changing needs of the practice areas to which you are returning.

You will also undertake a minimum of 150 practice hours under supervision in a placement validated by the University. You will concurrently complete the practice and theory element to enable you to reflect on the effectiveness of practice through integration of theory and evidence-based literature as well as regaining essential practice skills. There will also be an orientation event prior to the first day of the course.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees are currently paid by Health Education England together with a £500 bursary for the student. Please note that you will not receive the bursary until after you start the course and this is subject to review.

You will be required to cover the costs of and arrange travel to university and clinical placement.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Return to Practice
    full time
    3 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

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