East of England - 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.

How is the course funded?

Health Education England will provide a one off contribution of £500 to Nurses Returning to Practice to assist with costs and expenses such as purchasing books, car parking, child care etc.

Health Education England will also pay for the course for returnees as well as contribute to placement costs.

Other questions you may have are answered at http://comeback.hee.nhs.uk/Find-Out-More

How do I apply?

Applications and any queries relating to Return to Practice programmes should be directed to the relevant university.

Universities that run the Return to Practice programme

Anglia Ruskin University

Contact: Alison Hasselder                       

Email address: alison.hasselder@pgr.anglia.ac.uk

Tel: 01245 68 68 68


University of Bedfordshire

Contacts: Tony Kemp

Email address: Marvelle.brown@beds.ac.uk


University Campus Suffolk

Contact officer: Helen Hollinworth and Anne barker

Email address: h.hollinworth@ucs.ac.uk or a.barker4@ucs.ac.uk

Tel: 01473 338605


University of East Anglia

Contact officer:  Gary Partlett                      

Email address: g.partlett@uea.ac.uk


University of Essex

Contact officers: Kathryn Burke (Module Tutor) and Ian Humberstone (Course Administrator)

Email address: kburke@essex.ac.uk or ihumb@essex.ac.uk

Tel: 01206 873945


University of Hertfordshire 

Contact officer: Elaine Gannon, Assoc. Dean Enterprise (NHS Engagement) - 01707 284963, Rossina Sink - 01707 285829 or Lisa Nash (Midwifery only) - 01707 284567

Email address: e.gannon@herts.ac.uk or r.sink@herts.ac.uk or c.l.nash@herts.ac.uk 



Recruitment Open Days and events

If you wish to find out more about the return to practice course, there will be the following OPEN DAYS at:

Anglia Ruskin University

If you are looking to visit and find out more please telephone: 01245 493131      


University of Bedfordshire

For further information, telephone: 01582 743512 or email: opendays@beds.ac.uk


University Campus Suffolk

Venue: UCS Ipswich Campus, UCS Waterfront Building, Neptune Quay, Ipswich IP4 1QJ

Telephone: 01473 338000


University of East Anglia

Dates:  TBC

Venue: UEA, Norwich, NR4 7TJ

Email: opendays@uea.ac.uk   Tel: 01603 593251


University of Essex


Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ

Tel.  01206 874321

Elmer Approach, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1LW      

Tel. 01206 328200


University of Hertfordshire

Venue: University of Hertfordshire, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL10 9AB

Tel. 01707 284000


List of Trusts offering Return to Practice course placements:

List of Trust leads

Local Office website link: 


East of England Return to Practice queries:

Email: rtp.me@hee.nhs.uk 

All other enquiries:

National helpline: 0121 695 2221

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