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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The programme has been a major success in encouraging nurses to return to the profession. But don't take our word for it, read the case studies and watch the videos to hear about the nurse experience of Return to Practice in the East Midlands.

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 n.virk@derby.ac.uk 


University of Lincoln

Contact: Fran Maplethorpe at cpd@lincoln.ac.uk


University of Northampton

Contact: Ros Wray at ros.wray@northampton.ac.uk or Mary Kitson at mary.kitson@northampton.ac.uk


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

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 wendy.goode@kgh.nhs.uk

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 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

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 Hospital

Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust

Sam Hopcroft, Preceptorship Support Nurse/Practice Learning Facilitator

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sue Froggatt, Professional Practice Development Matron

Return to General Practice

Gill Beardmore, Primary Care Workforce Transformation Manager: gillian.beardmore@hee.nhs.uk


All other enquiries

Please email rtp.me@hee.nhs.uk or call the national RtP National Line 0121 6952221



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