North West - 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 (RtP) 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.

How is the course funded?

A standard tariff, payable to the University, will be available to support nurses and AHPs returning to practice (£847) which will include cost of Uniforms, appropriate and customary Disclosure Barring Service checks and Occupational Health Screening. These checks will be completed prior to any clinical placement experience being undertaken.

HENW will provide a placement tariff directly to placement providers of £500 per Returner as a contribution to the costs of providing placement education through Schedule E of the Learning and Development Agreement.

HENW will provide a £500 bursary to each Returner in two instalments; £200 on commencement and £300 at the mid-point of the programme. This will be reviewed on an annual basis aligned with national developments.  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?

From the list in the next section (Universities who run the return to practice programme) decide which of the 6 Universities within the North West you wish to undertake your return to practice programme and contact them directly. The University will assist you in identifying your learning requirements and help you source an appropriate placement within a healthcare organization.

Universities who run the multi professional return to practice programme:

Edge Hill University

Contact: Donna Dobson                                                                                       

Telephone Number: 0151 529 6075


Contact Donna about forthcoming courses.    

Manchester Metropolitan University

Contact: Eula Miller


Contact Jackie or Eula about forthcoming courses


Liverpool John Moores University

Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences Admission Team

Telephone Number: 0151 231 5829


Contact the university for details of forthcoming courses.


University of Central Lancashire

NHS Contracts Unit

School of Health

Telephone Number: 01772 893839


Contact the university for details forthcoming courses.


University of Chester

Health and Social Care Admissions

Telephone Number: 01244 511 000


Contact the university for details forthcoming courses.


University of Cumbria

Contact Kim Hanson

Telephone Number: 01228 616355


Contact Kim about forthcoming courses..

List of Trusts offering return to practice course placements:

In addition to the below HEE in the North West can offer a variety of out of hospital placements including general practice and nursing homes


Recruitment days and events:

Please contact individual organisations for details of open days.

HEE local office return to practice lead:

Kim Leigh

Nursing Education and Workforce Lead

0161 625 7172 

All other enquiries



RtP National Line: 0121 695 2221


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