College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare

Return to Practice: Nursing - Level 6

Why choose this course?

We will be offering a Return to Practice course for nurses who wish to work in General Practice.  You do not have to have previous experience working in primary care to apply for this course. A small bursary of £500 is available from Health Education England to support students while they take the course to cover the costs of books, travel and childcare.​

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. 

The taught component of the course will be delivered through 10 study days over 12 weeks, of which 4 days will cover the development of practical skills using simulation.  The amount of time students will be required to undertake in clinical practice will be dependent on time out of practice, but a minimum of 120 hours and maximum of 200 hours clinical practice sill be needed in a six-month period.

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.

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.
  • 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.
  • Admission to the course is subject to satisfactory references and Occupational Health and DBS clearance, or production of evidence of Occupational Health and DBS clearance if the candidate is already employed by a healthcare provider.
  • Candidates will either be working for a healthcare provider that has commissioned the course, or will have secured a placement in an approved setting with access to a mentor and sign off mentor to achieve the competencies required 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.

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

The Return to Practice Course in General Practice Nursing will start later in 2018 (subject to viability) and you can click on the Application link below. Alternatively, you can contact a General Practice which has a nursing vacancy and investigate whether the practice would be willing to provide you with a practice placement.  A small fee is available to the Practice for this placement from Health Education England.

Or you may wish to apply for employment with a General Practice which is supporting the Return to Practice course.  Please contact for further information.

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
To be confirmed

Brentford site


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If you are interested in a Return to Practice course but you do not wish to work in primary care, you need to have secured employment or a placement with a Healthcare Trust or other provider in order to be able to complete your practice placement. If you are successful in identifying employment or a practice placement, please contact to provide further details.

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.