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.
Depending on how long you have been out of practice, it can take between three and 12 months to complete.
By the end, you'll have the skills and knowledge to be able to return with confidence.
- Find out more about the return to practice programme
- Find out more about the return to practice programme for general practice nursing
- Read Sarah's story
- Read Willow's story
NHS Health Education England will pay for your course and placement fees. You'll also be given £500 for childcare, travel and book costs.
"My biggest concern was my first day back on the ward. But I felt incredibly supported."
Get your guide to returning to nursing
Make sure you send us your details and we can then send you an email guide to returning to nursing. It will offer you information on returning including top tips from nurses who've been through the programme.
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.