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Return to Practice

Return to Practice

If you have taken a break from nursing or midwifery and want to return to practice, you will need to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) requirements to re-register. Our return to practice programme has been approved by the NMC. It is suitable for you if your PIN is no longer active and you can no longer meet the NMC post registration, education, and practice (Prep) standards. For more information about the NMC requirements for re-registration, visit the NMC Registration page.


About the programme

The aim of our programme is to increase your confidence; both in your knowledge base and in the acquisition of key skills. It will bring you up-to-date with the modern context of healthcare and will enable you to develop competent, effective and evidence-based care in preparation for your return to a clinical environment. You have the option to complete the course at higher education level five or six and once successfully completed you will be able to apply to re-join the NMC register.

As the programme is offered in collaboration with partner NHS trusts and the private voluntary sector, you will also refresh your practice skills - you will undertake 150 hours (nursing) or 450 hours (midwifery) of clinical practice in a self-sourced placement over the courses 20 week duration (approximately 30 weeks for midwifery). The University of Southampton's Return to Practice Programme (RTP) is the only course in the UK to offer a grading in practice, ensuring that on completion your skills will be completely up to date with those qualifying with current nursing and midwifery degrees. Please note that students are recruited onto the RTP programme by the supporting Trust Facilitator who then informs the University of your details.

Who should attend?

Nurses and midwives who do not possess active registration on the NMC professional register and who wish to return to practice. Each applicant's level of entry will be discussed at time of application. Please note, if you are specialist community public health nurse (SCPHN) you must reactivate your nursing or midwifery PIN and then notify the NMC of your wish to practice as a SCPHN nurse.

Entry requirements

This course is open to home and international students. Evidence of successful study at higher education level five or six. (we also accept students with no previous HE study) Commitment to undertake 16 half-day taught study days and 150/450 hours of clinical practice over a 20/30-week period. Access to a supervised placement position and written evidence or contract. Your Trust Facilitator is responsible for identifying a suitable placement for you. Occupational health and CRB (UK) clearance prior to commencing the programme-the Trust facilitator is responsible for arranging the CRB search on your behalf. Possession of evidence of an overall IELTS score of 7.0 (minimum score of 6.5 in each of the four
sections) where English is not your first language.

Further information

This course is offered to nurses at HE levels 5 & 6.

Midwives undertake the course at HE level 6.

Credits: 20 Level 5/6

ECTS points: 10

If you successfully complete the programme you could transfer the credit obtained toward further academic study; such as Masters degrees or other clinical pathways at level 6, 7 & 8. If taking the programme at level 5 you could also achieve credits at HE level 6 via our APEL route.


Contacts for Programme Lead

Lulu Greaves

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