Returning to nursing
If you're thinking of coming back to nursing, you're in the right place!
You may need to undertake a return to practice programme if you've previously been a registered nurse and wish to return to the profession.
There's also a specific return to practice programme if you wish to return and work as a general practice nurse.
The programme - which takes between three and 12 months to complete - provides a platform to work with other professionals to update your skills and knowledge, so you can return to nursing with confidence. The return to practice - general practice nursing programme also takes between three and 12 months to complete.
Your skills and experience are invaluable to increase the nursing workforce and improve the level of patient care that can be provided.
Health Education England will pay for your course and placement fees. You'll also be given £500 for childcare, travel and book costs.
If you were a registered nurse but have had a break, you will need to meet a number of requirements to re-register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), including completing a number of practice hours. If you have not completed the required number of practice hours you will have to complete an approved Return to Practice (RTP) programme or Return to Practice - general practice nursing programme before applying to re-join the register.
If your registration was removed by one of the NMC’s fitness to practise panels, you will have to apply for restoration to the register.
Find out more about returning to the NMC register.
What do I do next?
Use our course finder to look for return to nursing programmes and trusts that provide placements in your area. You can also use our course finder to look for return to practice - general practice nursing programmes.
If you have additional questions, please contact us on 0345 60 60 655 or use our contact us form.
A small number of universities in Wales also run RTP nursing programmes. Visit the NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership website for details.
Register with us today and receive ongoing information and support on returning to nursing.