There are over 40 return to practice courses available across the country. Please choose from the list below the area that you would like to study or work in. 

You will then visit a page to tell you all about return to practice courses in that area and the best way to apply. 

You can also use the NHS Careers course finder here:

The Return to Practice programme

If you have previously been a registered nurse and wish to return to the profession then you may need to undertake a Return to Practice programme. The programme allows you to update 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, the length of time out of practice and length of time previously in practice. Courses are flexible to fit around existing commitments, such as childcare.


Health Education England will provide a one off contribution 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. Do also take a look at the FAQ page. 

Apply today

Use the navigation on the left to find universities in your local area, information on trusts providing placements and details of who to contact. Applications relating to Return to Practice programmes should be directed to the relevant university.

Contact us

Contact the national team on 0121 695 2221 or You can also contact the local team using details found on local office pages. 

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