The University of Southampton

NQCG2032 Return to Nursing Practice

Module Overview

This programme offers the opportunity for successful applicants to gain active registration on part 1 – nurses (all branches) of the NMC professional register – to include sub-part 1 (level 1 nurses) and sub-part 2 (level 2 nurses).

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the influence of health and social policy relevant to the organisation and practice of nursing both at a national and local level.
  • Outline current influential trends in contemporary nursing and health care education and practice based on current evidence, legislation and/or policy.
  • In relation to own practice, identify and assess need, design, implement and evaluate care using relevant evidence.
  • Discuss effective team working and your participation in a multi-professional approach to the care of service users including communication, teaching and learning skills.
  • Explore personal strengths and areas for development, recognising the importance of professional competence.


The theoretical content of the Study Days relates to the four NMC domains identified in the Assessment of Practice document, namely: • Professional and ethical practice. • Care delivery. • Care management. • Personal and professional development. The topics of the taught sessions the 16 half Study Days will be delivered by clinicians, educators and researchers over the 20 weeks. The indicative content:- • Professional accountability and responsibility • Ethical and legal issues • Clinical governance and quality assurance. • Organisation of care • Evidence based practice and research • Interpersonal skills • Delivery of care and clinical skills • Emergency care • Infection control. • Administration of medicines. • Health and safety. • Health and social policy • Public health. • Safeguarding. • Multiprofessional team working • Leadership, management and professional development. • Study skills Midwifery education, PREP and mentoring

Special Features

Support in Practice A sign-off mentor will be identified to support you and assess you (against the NMC standards contained in the Assessment of Practice document) whilst you undertake your clinical experience. Time-frame for completion of Programme You must complete your Return to Practice Programme within 12 months from commencement of the Programme. If you fail to achieve the required outcomes in both theory and practice within this 12 month period you will be required to re-apply and complete the Return to Practice Programme in its entirety. Extenuating circumstances will be considered but there will be no extension beyond this 12 month period. If you do require to re-apply and repeat the Programme in its entirety, you may be considered for APEL in some of the theoretical components provided that this component has been previously achieved. University regulations apply and can be seen on the University of Southampton calendar.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures. Tutorials Clinical practice experience. Reflection. Guided reading. e-learning resources including (Blackboard) Group activities

Placement Hours150
Wider reading or practice80
Total study time286

Resources & Reading list

Grant, G.; Ramcharan, P.; Flynn, M., Richardson, M. (2010). Learning Disability: A life cycle approach. 

Department of Health.

Bulman, C. and Schutz, S. (2008). An Introduction to Reflection. Reflective practice in nursing. ,0 , pp. pp2-3.

Hogston, R., Marjoram, B., Editors (2007). Foundations of Nursing Practice. Leading the Way. 

National Health Service.

Care Quality Commission.

Hannon L; Clift J (2011). General Hospital care for People with Learning Disabilities. 

Nursing & Midwifery Council.

Craig, J., Smyth, R (2012). The Evidence Based Practice Manual for Nurses. 

Norman, I.’ Ryrie, I (2009). The Art and Science of Mental Health Nursing: a textbook of Principles and Practice. 

Maslin-Prothero, S. (2010). Bailliers’s Study Skills for Nurses and Midwives. 

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

Atherton H; Crickmore D (2011). Learning Disabilities Toward Inclusion. 

Coles, L., Porter, E. (2008). Public Health Skills; a practical guide for nurses and public health practitioners. 

Glasper, EA., Richardson, J. (2010). A Textbook of Children's and Young People's Nursing. 

Baggott, R. (2004). Health and Health Care in Britain. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment of Practice 50%
Reflective essay 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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