Returning to nursing

Ready to reignite a fulfilling career in nursing? Your experience and skills are invaluable to us, and we’re here to help you return to nursing with confidence.  

Benefits of returning  

Few other roles will give you the same kind of fulfilment as nursing – think how many lives you’ve already changed? But it’s not just emotionally rewarding, there are plenty of practical benefits too, including some you may not have experienced before:  

  • One of the most generous pension schemes in the UK.  
  • Flexible working and opportunities to work part-time, helping to create a balance that suits you. Childcare support may also be available but it varies between NHS trusts. 
  • At least 27 days holiday a year plus public holidays, and a standard working week of 37.5 hours. 
  • Additional support for professional development, helping you to feel confidence in your skills and achieve your career goals.   
  • A greater emphasis on working in multidisciplinary teams, allowing you to work with experts from many different departments.  

Sarah Roberts

Return to practice nurse
Getting back to nursing is the thing that I am most proud of. I did it for me and it’s reminded me that this is the best job in the world!

How to get started 

Our team of over 330,000 registered nurses make an incredible difference, every single day, and we can’t wait for you to re-join them.  

It’s not a problem if you’re no longer a registered nurse – returning to practice is really straightforward, and here’s how you can do it:     

Readmission

You might be able to re-register with the NMC without doing a course or a test. You'll need:

  • 450 registered practice hours over the last three years or 750 hours over the last five, including any practice hours gained on the COVID-19 temporary register 
  • 35 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) in the last three years
  • to provide three character references

You can apply directly through the NMC website or if you want to use hours worked through the COVID-19 temporary register, you'll need to email the NMC to request a paper copy of the readmission pack.

You can find lots more information on requirements and the process on the NMC website.

Test of competence

If you’ve been out of nursing for a while, the Test of Competence is a great way to update your knowledge. 

The test is made up of two parts:  

How to apply for the test 

You can apply through the NMC website, where you’ll also find lots of preparation materials and essential reading to help you revise for the test.  

Financial support for the test  

We’ll cover the cost of you taking a Test of Competence, but you may have to pay upfront and claim it back once you’re registered and working with us.  

If you’d like to know more, you can drop us an email and we’ll put you in touch with a member of our team who can answer any questions you may have.   

Return to practice course 

A return to practice course will refresh your skills, leaving you ready to return to nursing with confidence. It involves a combination of classroom and placement-based learning, so you can get stuck in right from the start. You’ll also be assigned a personal mentor to support you through your studies. 

The course takes between 3 and 12 months to complete, depending on how long you’ve been out of practice.  

Financial support for your studies   

You won’t just be emotionally supported by our team, you’ll be financially supported too. If you apply directly to a university, NHS Health Education England (HEE) will pay for your course and placement fees. You’ll also be given £1,000 to help cover any childcare, travel and book costs. 

If you apply through an NHS organisation, your course and placement fees will be covered and you’ll either receive a salary or £1,000 to help cover your costs. 

Finding a course 

Our course finder is an easy way to look for return to nursing programmes. You can also use it to search for return to practice courses in general practice nursing. 

There are also opportunities for you to earn while you study. To search for a salaried return to practice course, visit NHS Jobsand search ‘return to practice’. 

Universities in Wales also run return to practice nursing programmes. You can find more information on the NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership website.  

We’re here to help 

Returning to nursing won’t just make a difference to other people’s lives, it’ll make a big difference to yours too – and we’re here to make it as easy as possible. No matter which route you choose, we can guide you through the process. If you’d like to discuss your options, simply request a call-back and a member of our team will give you a call.   

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    Nursing (return to practice)

    University of South Wales Opens in a new window

    View course Opens in a new window
    • Study mode
      Part-time
      Duration of the course
      1 year
      Leading to a career in
      Nursing (return to practice)
    • Contact details
      [email protected]
      03455 76 77 78
    • Region
      Wales
      Admissions address
      Cemetery Road
      Glyntaff
      Pontypridd
      CF37 4BD
    Entry Requirements

    If you have not been able to complete your NMC PREP requirements and have therefore lapsed registration, this Return to Practice Programme will enable you to develop the knowledge, skills and competence required to re-enter the NMC Professional Register. You can choose pathways from Nursing, Midwifery or Specialist Public Health Nursing. There are start dates in February and September.

    Return to practice (RTP) nursing

    Anglia Ruskin University Opens in a new window

    View course Opens in a new window
    • Study mode
      Part-time
      Duration of the course
      3-12 months depending on individual returner's needs and circumstances
      Leading to a career in
      Nursing (return to practice)
    • Contact details
      [email protected]
    • Region
      East of England
      Admissions address
      Bishop Hall Lane
      Chelmsford
      CM1 1SQ
    Entry Requirements

    If you have previously been a registered nurse and wish to return to the profession then you may need to undertake a Return to Practice programme. The programme allows you to update your skills and knowledge so that you can become re-registered and return to work in nursing. The course will take approximately three to six months to complete, although some people may take longer (up to 12 months) depending on clinical placement hours required, the length of time out of practice and length of time previously in practice. Courses are flexible to fit around existing commitments, such as childcare.

    Funding

    Health Education England (HEE) will provide a one off contribution to nurses Returning to Practice to assist with costs and expenses such as purchasing books, car parking, child care etc. HEE will also pay for the course for returnees as well as contribute to placement costs.

    Apply today

    Applications for Return to Practice programmes should be made directly to the named person at this university (above). They can tell you more about their course and which local trusts provide the clinical placements. Alternatively, you can contact NHS Health Education England in the East of England on [email protected]

    Return to practice (RTP) nursing

    University of Bradford Opens in a new window

    View course Opens in a new window
    • Study mode
      Part-time
      Duration of the course
      3-12 months depending on individual returner's needs and circumstances
      Leading to a career in
      Nursing (return to practice)
    • Contact details
      [email protected]
      0191 275 4796
    • Region
      Yorkshire and The Humber
      Admissions address
      25 Trinity Road
      Bradford
      West Yorkshire
      BD5 0BB
    Entry Requirements

    If you have previously been a registered nurse and wish to return to the profession then you may need to undertake a Return to Practice programme. The programme allows you to update your skills and knowledge so that you can become re-registered and return to work in nursing. The course will take approximately three to six months to complete, although some people may take longer (up to 12 months) depending on clinical placement hours required, the length of time out of practice and length of time previously in practice. Courses are flexible to fit around existing commitments, such as childcare.

    Funding

    Health Education England (HEE) will provide a one off contribution to nurses Returning to Practice to assist with costs and expenses such as purchasing books, car parking, child care etc. HEE will also pay for the course for returnees as well as contribute to placement costs. 

    Apply today

    Applications for Return to Practice programmes should be made directly to the named person at this university (above). They can tell you more about their course and which local trusts provide the clinical placements. Alternatively, you can contact NHS Health Education England in the North East and Yorkshire on [email protected]

    Return to practice (RTP) nursing

    University of Chester Opens in a new window

    View course Opens in a new window
    • Study mode
      Part-time
      Duration of the course
      3-12 months depending on individual returner's needs and circumstances
      Leading to a career in
      Nursing (return to practice)
    • Contact details
      [email protected]
    • Region
      North West
      Admissions address
      Parkgate Road
      Chester
      Cheshire
      CH1 4BJ
    Entry Requirements

    If you have previously been a registered nurse and wish to return to the profession then you may need to undertake a Return to Practice programme. The programme allows you to update your skills and knowledge so that you can become re-registered and return to work in nursing. The course will take approximately three to six months to complete, although some people may take longer (up to 12 months) depending on clinical placement hours required, the length of time out of practice and length of time previously in practice. Courses are flexible to fit around existing commitments, such as childcare.

    Funding

    Health Education England (HEE) will provide a one off contribution to nurses Returning to Practice to assist with costs and expenses such as purchasing books, car parking, child care etc. HEE will also pay for the course for returnees as well as contribute to placement costs. 

    Apply today

    Applications for Return to Practice programmes should be made directly to the named person at this university (above). They can tell you more about their course and which local trusts provide the clinical placements. Alternatively, you can contact NHS Health Education England in the North West on [email protected]

    Nursing (return to practice)

    University of Cumbria Opens in a new window

    View course Opens in a new window
    • Study mode
      Part-time
      Duration of the course
      6 months
      Leading to a career in
      Nursing (return to practice)
    • Contact details
      [email protected]
    • Region
      North West
      Admissions address
      Fusehill Street
      Carlisle
      Cumbria
      CA1 2HH
    Entry Requirements

    If you have previously been a registered nurse and wish to return to the profession then you may need to undertake a Return to Practice programme. The programme allows you to update your skills and knowledge so that you can become re-registered and return to work in nursing. The course takes six months to complete. Courses are flexible to fit around existing commitments, such as childcare.

    Funding

    Health Education England (HEE) will provide a one off contribution to nurses Returning to Practice to assist with costs and expenses such as purchasing books, car parking, child care etc. HEE will also pay for the course for returnees as well as contribute to placement costs. 

    Apply today

    Applications for Return to Practice programmes should be made directly to the named person at this university (above). They can tell you more about their course and which local trusts provide the clinical placements. Alternatively, you can contact NHS Health Education England in the North West on [email protected]

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