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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Please contact the universities below for further information about the programme and applying.
Universities that run the Return to Practice programme
Currently across the East Midlands we have three Universities delivering a NMC validated programme. The University of Derby, University of Lincoln and University of Northampton. They offer Return to Practice courses throughout the year - see below. Universities work collaboratively with employers across the region to ensure they are able to provide an excellent educational experience.
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
Please email RTP.ME@hee.nhs.uk
For contact details and a list of placement leads visit our interactive map.
University of Derby
Contact: Navjot Virk at email@example.com
University of Lincoln
Contact: Fran Maplethorpe at firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Northampton
Contact: Ros Wray at email@example.com or Mary Kitson at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Jayne Seagrave, Professional Development Facilitator.
Claire Kinnell, Practice Learning Support Unit Manager
Derbyshire Community Healthcare Services (DCHS)
Beverley Smith, Practice Learning Coordinator
Derbyshire Healthcare Trust
Faith Sango, Head of Education @Derbyshire Healthcare
Kettering General Hospital
Wendy Goode email@example.com
Universities Hospital of Leicester (UHL)
Jane Lawrie, Practice Learning Lead
Leicestershire Partnership Trust
Anthony Bailey, Practice Learning Manager
Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust
Valerie Ronis, Professional Development Manager
Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT)
Karen Johnston, Modern Matron, Safe Staffing/Professional
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
Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Julie Brice, Head of Pre & Post Registration
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
Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust
Sam Hopcroft, Preceptorship Support Nurse/Practice
Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Sue Froggatt, Professional Practice Development Matron
Return to General Practice
Gill Beardmore, Primary Care Workforce Transformation
All other enquiries
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the national RtP National Line 0121 6952221
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