North West - return to practice programmes

If you have been a Registered Nurse previously and wish to return to the profession, 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 Return to Practice programme is a combination of classroom and placement-based learning. Hours on placement will vary and depend on how long you have been off the NMC register. These will be negotiated with you on an individual basis. The programme will take approximately three to six months to complete, 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.

If you wish to discuss your Return to Practice needs, please contact the Return to Practice Lead, Laura Watkins on 0191 275 4630 or email Further information can be found by contacting the universities delivering this programme.

How is the course funded?

We will fund all course fees, with an additional £500 of financial support for each learner on the programme.

How do I apply?

Applications and any queries relating to Return to Practice programmes can be directed to the relevant university. The university will assist you in identifying your learning requirements and help you source an appropriate placement within a healthcare organisation.


Universities that run the RtP programme


Edge Hill University

Contact: Donna Dobson

Telephone Number: 0151 529 6075


Manchester Metropolitan University

Contact: Linda Garbutt



Liverpool John Moores University

Contact: Anita Maestri-Banks

Telephone Number: 0151 231 5829



University of Central Lancashire

Contact: Sue Quayle

Telephone Number: 01772 895095



University of Chester

Contact: Chris Barker

Telephone Number: 01244 511 000



University of Cumbria

Contact Kim Hanson

Telephone Number: 01228 616355



Trusts offering RtP course placements

A list of NHS Trusts offering course placements can be found on the Health Education England website.


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