Returning to nursing
This page is for you if you're thinking of coming back to nursing.
Find out about NMC requirements to return to practice, re-joining the register and Return to Practice (RTP) courses. Your skills and experience are invaluable to increase the nursing workforce and improve the level of patient care that can be provided.
With this in mind, Return to Practice (RTP) programmes have recently been re-designed to make it as straightforward as possible for you to return.
NMC requirements to return to practice
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). This will include 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 before making an application to re-join the register.
If your registration was removed by one of the NMC’s fitness to practice panels, you will have to apply for restoration to the register.
Find out more about returning to the NMC register.
Return to Practice (RTP) programmes
Programmes differ according to how long you have been away from nursing. Full-time or part-time training is available, usually taking three to six months to complete. Courses vary across the country with each local university running their course slightly differently.
In general you can expect:
- your course fees to be paid
- additional financial support towards childcare, travel and books
- a clinical placement where you have supernumerary status (additional to required staffing levels)
- theory and clinical based training
- simulation techniques to practice skills
- access to a mentor during training
- support from a preceptor (mentor)when you have found employment
What do I do next?
- information on the Health Education England Comeback to Nursing website about returning to nursing will give you further details
- in Wales, there are RTP nursing programmes run by a small number of universities. Visit the NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership website for details of these