North West - return to practice programmes

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 (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 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?

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?

From the list in the Universities who run the return to practice programme section, decide which of the six universities within the North West you wish to undertake your return to practice programme and contact them directly. 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 multi professional return to practice programme


Edge Hill University

Contact: Donna Dobson

Telephone Number: 0151 529 6075



Manchester Metropolitan University

Contact: Eula Miller



Liverpool John Moores University

Faculty of Health and Applied Social Sciences Admission Team

Telephone Number: 0151 231 5829



University of Central Lancashire

NHS Contracts Unit

School of Health

Telephone Number: 01772 893839



University of Chester

Health and Social Care Admissions

Telephone Number: 01244 511 000



University of Cumbria

Contact Kim Hanson

Telephone Number: 01228 616355



List of Trusts offering return to practice course placements

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

In addition to the below HEE in the North West can offer a variety of out of hospital placements including general practice and nursing homes.


Recruitment days and events

Please contact individual organisations for details of open days.

HEE local office return to practice lead

For all other enquiries please email or contact the national team at  0121 695 2221

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