East Midlands- return to practice programmes

The return to practice programme:

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 become re-registered and return to work in nursing.

The courses will take approximately three months to complete, although some people may take longer depending on clinical placement hours required and the length of time out of practice and length of time previously in practice. The courses will also be flexible to fit around existing commitments, such as childcare.

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How is the course funded?

We will fund all of the course fees, with an additional £500 of financial support for each learner on the programme.

How do I apply?

Please contact the relevant university closest to you for further information on the application process.

All other enquiries

East Midlands RtP Lead: Paul Chapman at p.chapman1@nhs.net

For contact details and a list of placement leads visit our interactive map.

Universities who run the return to practice programme:

Currently across the East Midlands we have the Universities delivering a NMC validated programme. The University of Northampton, Derby and Lincoln. They offer Return to Practice (RtP) courses throughout the year. Future course dates can be found below. Universities work collaboratively with employers across the region to ensure they are able to provide an excellent educational experience.

  • University of Derby
Contact: Navjot Virk at n.virk@derby.ac.uk
Course dates: June 2017 (Lings Bar), September 2017 (Chesterfield), November/December 2017 (Leicester), February 2018 (Derby)

  • University of Lincoln
Contact: Fran Maplethorpe at cpd@lincoln.ac.uk
Course dates: September 2017, January 2018

  • University of Northampton
Contact: Ros Wray at ros.wray@northampton.ac.uk or Mary Kitson at mary.kitson@northampton.ac.uk
Course dates: February 2017, May 2017, September 2017, February 2018

List of Trusts offering Return to Practice course placements:

Across the East Midlands we have employers from a variety of settings who offer RtP placements and support the RtP programme. Some of these employers may offer employment to support you through the programme and provide employment once re-registered. Visit NHS Jobs to view any participating East Midlands employers. 

Employers and Universities are encouraged to work collaboratively to ensure they are able to provide an excellent educational experience.

  • Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Claire Davies, Senior Matron, Nursing Workforce Coordinator
  • Derbyshire Healthcare Trust
  • Faith Sango, Head of Education
  • Derbyshire Community Healthcare Services (DCHS)
  • Beverley Smith, Practice Learning Coordinator
  • Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Jayne Seagrave, Professional Development Facilitator.
  • Claire Kinnell, Practice Learning Support Unit Manager
  • Kettering General Hospital
  • Wendy Goode
  • Universities Hospital of Leicester (UHL)
  • Jane Lawrie, Practice Learning Lead
  • Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust
  • Valerie Ronis, Professional Development Manager
  • Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT)
  • Karen Johnston, Modern Matron, Safe Staffing/Professional Development
  • Kate O’Leary, Practice Education Coordinator
  • United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Michael Durose, Head of Practice
  • Northampton General Hospital Trust
  • Gillian Ashworth, Clinical Placement Facilitator, Professional and Practice Development, Area Q
  • Nottingham City Care
  • Emma Self, Head of Professional Standards
  • Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Deb Boyer, Practice Learning Tutor
  • Theresa Brennan, Practice Development Nurse, Lings Bar Hospital
  • Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust
  • Sam Hopcroft, Preceptorship Support Nurse/Practice Learning Facilitator
  • Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Adele Bonsall, Professional Practice Development Matron

All other enquiries

East Midlands RtP Lead: Paul Chapman at p.chapman1@nhs.net


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