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If you’ve ever thought about returning to practice, you're in the right place.

If you have previously been a registered nurse and wish to return to the profession, then you may need to undertake a return to practice programme. The programme provides a platform to work with other professionals to update your skills and knowledge, so that you can return to work in nursing with confidence.

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. We also offer funding to support you further in coming back to the profession you once loved. Check out the apply page for specific details relating to the area you wish to train.

The development of the return to practice programmes started at the beginning of 2014 and has seen contributions from key partners, trusts, universities, the nursing community, local NHS organisations and the national steering group, which has led to the programme being refreshed and improved for future return to practice nurses.

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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