Inspired by the idea of returning to nursing? 

Still committed to care and compassion? 

If you’ve ever thought about returning to practice, now is the time to do it.

If you have been a registered nurse previously and wish to return to the profession, then you may need to undertake a return to practice programme. The programme is essentially a period of updating your skills and knowledge, so that you can return to work in nursing and become re-registered.

To ensure that returning to nursing is as simple as possible for you, return to practice programmes have been refreshed across the country so that you can enjoy a supportive, flexible and varied learning experience.

The development of the return to pratice programmes started at the beginning of 2014 and has seen contributions from a vast amount of people, which has led to the programmes being refreshed by nurses for nurses.

To everyone that has contributed to this, including key partners, trusts, universities, the nursing community, local NHS organisations and the national steering group, we thank you for your support.  

Find out all about the return to practice programme.

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We spoke to nurses who have returned to practice and hear their stories.

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All the information you need to find out about your local opportunities.

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Click here to find out more about applying to return to nursing and how to enrol on a course in your area.

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What Can I Expect?

If you’re looking to complete a return to practice course, you can now expect: 

  • Course fees to be paid 
  • Additional financial support towards travel, childcare and book costs etc. 
  • Clear information on how to find a course 
  • Support in finding a clinical placement 
  • Theory and clinical-based training 
  • Access to a mentor 
  • Simulation techniques to practice skills 
  • Preceptorship support

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