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Returning to nursing can be daunting for some.

Here we answer many of the questions asked by nurses wishing to return.

If you have any other questions then please visit our Apply Now section to find contact details for your local return to practice programme provider.



If you want to find out more about the preparation that contributed to the Come Back campaign, you can find out more here:

Health Education England - Nursing Return to Practice

Nursing Return to Practice: Review of the current landscape

NHS Employers Survey

Growing nursing numbers – Literature Review 

Growing nursing numbers - A toolkit

In September 2014, a commitment to recruit more nurses and provide more training was announced. You already have the skills and experience that can make a big difference to patients, clients, carers and their families. The refreshed RTP programmes will support you, particularly financially in regaining your registration.
The amount of retraining you need depends on whether you have retained your registration as a nurse. If you have, then people locally in trusts can work with you on an induction back to nursing. If you need to re-join the register, you can join one of the return to practice courses being run across the country.
Yes. You won’t have to pay any course fees as a returner.
Additional financial support towards travel, childcare and book costs etc will be available. Each local education and training board (LETB) will have more information on financial support available to you.
Many places now offer an RTP placement that leads on to a permanent position, but it is entirely dependent on each organisation. Your local LETB will have further information on the opportunities available in your area.
Part-time return to practice courses will be available. In respect of employment, we recommend reading this factsheet on the NHS pensions website. With support from your local LETB, and following successful completion of the return to practice course, you can search for employment that meets your requirements.
Flexible working for nurses is an option and we suggest you discuss this with your local LETB when applying for a course and subsequent employment on an individual basis.
Universities are able to offer a reading list of key documents that you might be interested in studying to help you update your knowledge of current policy. Local trusts and universities will offer open days so that you can visit and look around.
The courses will be approximately three months to complete, although some people may take longer dependent 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.
Visit the Apply Now page to find out more about the courses available in your area and the contact details of the best people to speak to. Visit the page now and choose the area you would like to study and work in.

The return to practice course is open to all, regardless of how long you have been out of practice, and will update you on any new developments in nursing. You will have support and mentoring throughout the course.

The funding is available for nurses who currently reside and work in England. Nurses from outside England, such as Wales for example, are welcome to apply for the programme, but there would be no funding available for them.

Abatement is the process by which your NHS pension is reduced pound-for-pound if your earnings on re-employment in the NHS, plus the enhanced element of your NHS pension, exceed your pre-retirement NHS pensionable earnings. Abatement may apply if you return to NHS employment after retirement. Further information on abatement can be found on the BMA website

If you are still unsure as to how abatement affects you then please contact the pensions authority for further clarity.

Newly-registered practitioners will receive supervision practice from a registered practitioner during the first year of their appointment.  They will be part of Preceptorship Programme, tailored to their needs. More information is available from the following document ‘Preceptorship and Return to Practice for Nursing framework.

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