College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare

Return to Practice: Nursing - Level 6

Why choose this course?

This course aims to allow nurses whose registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council has lapsed for more than 3 years, to renew their registration and to seek employment as a registered nurse, hence returning to practice. In order to achieve this, students will be updated with regards to both their theoretical knowledge and practical nursing skills. Clinical experience will be gained in a safe and supportive environment where the student can gain confidence and complete practice competencies. 

At the end of the course the learner is expected to be able to:

  •  Assess, plan, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of care delivery by providing person centred, clinically effective, compassionate nursing care within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Critically appraise the structure and organisation of health and social care and the influence of health and social policy legislation on the provision of care.
  • Analyse current issues in nursing practice and make recommendations for change.
  • Critically evaluate the role of the nurse in promoting and supporting healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Critically appraise evidence to support clinical decision making.
  • Reflect on practice, and demonstrate safe professional competence.

For more information, please contact Iris Mitchell ( 

Entry criteria:

  • Candidates applying for this course would have previously been on the register as a nurse, with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)/ United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting (UKCC) and will have been out of practice for more than 3 years.
  • Applications from candidates who are still registered with the NMC but have, ‘conditions of practice’, placed on their record, will be closely examined, to assess their suitability for the course
  • Candidates will undergo a values based recruitment selection process (as per the College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare’s policy). This includes a numeracy and literacy test and a joint structured interview with UWL and the healthcare organisation, supporting the practice element of the course.
  • Candidates applying to the course are subject to satisfactory references, availability of clinical placement and Occupational Health and DBS clearance. It is the responsibility of the candidate to secure a suitable clinical placement with access to a mentor and sign-off mentor so they can achieve the competencies required. You should contact your preferred placement area to arrange this.
  • Candidates will either be working for a Trust or healthcare provider that has commissioned the course with the University or will have secured a placement with a Healthcare Trust or other provider in order to be able to complete their practice placement.
  • Candidates without a DipHE in Nursing will be required to complete a portfolio of evidence prior to being accepted on the course. This will be facilitated by the course leader on application. The portfolio of evidence is the same as that used for entry to the BSc (Hons) Professional Practice.

*In September 2018, we plan to offer a specific Return to Practice course aimed at Practice Nurses. Please contact Dr. Claire Anderson (  if you would be interested in applying for this. 

Entry requirements

Evidence of study at Level 5 (Diploma Level).

How will I be assessed?

The assessment for this course is:

  • OSCE relevant to the nurses field of practice - 40%
  • Essay - 60%
  • Practice Assessment Document - competencies must be achieved 

How to apply

Choose your preferred start date and location from the options below and click on the 'Apply online' link. We recommend your application is submitted to the University at least two weeks prior to the start of the course.

After your application is accepted and you have been offered a place on the course, you will be sent information about how to enrol. You must complete enrolment before your course starts.

Start date Location Important dates Course leader Application link
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For further information, please contact Claire Anderson   

What next?

This can be taken as a standalone module or the credits can be used towards one of our exciting new courses:

  • BSc (Hons) Professional Practice
  • PgCert/PgDip/MSc Professional Practice (first module in pathway can be studied at L6 - maximum of 20 credits) - badged awards available 

Find out more about professional development courses with the College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare.