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Professional Development
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Return to Practice

Course Details

Course/Module Code





20-21 Accredited 20 credits



20-21 Non-Accredited 20 credits



Course Dates

Under the start date is shown: all attendance days and Apply for this course.

Course Dates

Course Information : CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS 26/04/21 PLEASE NOTE: once your application status is showing as registered, it will take up to 5 working days for your login details for MyUWE to be issued by email. Please only contact us if you have not received after this time New Return to Practice Standards: Please check your eligibility against the new standards if you are commencing this course after January 2020. https://www.nmc.org.uk/globalassets/sitedocuments/standards/standards-return-to-practice-courses.pdf (Please note this is not a hyperlink, you will need to copy it in order to access the information). TBC - Day 5 & 6 attendance dates.



Attendance days for the course

Monday - 10 May 2021GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 12:30
Friday - 14 May 2021GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 12:30
Monday - 17 May 2021GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 12:30
Friday - 21 May 2021GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 12:30
Monday - 24 May 2021GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 12:30
Friday - 28 May 2021GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 12:30
Monday - 31 May 2021GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 12:30
Friday - 04 June 2021GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 12:30
Monday - 07 June 2021GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 12:30
Friday - 11 June 2021GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 12:30
Monday - 14 June 2021GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 12:30
Friday - 18 June 2021GLENSIDE CAMPUS09:00 - 12:30




The course content covers:

  • Professional values
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Nursing practice and decision making
  • Leadership, management and team working

Entry Requirements

RTP information for prospective students (PDF)

RTP information for placement providers (PDF)

New Return to Practice Standards:

Please check your eligibility against the new NMC standards (PDF).


This Return to Practice Level 3 programme is for qualified nurses (adult, child, mental health and learning disabilities) and SCPHN who have lapsed registration and wish to return to practice and re-register with the NMC.

Provision of Return to Practice (RTP) has recently changed to an employer led model with places commissioned by Health Education South West (HeSW).

In conjunction with UWE Bristol, healthcare organisations such as NHS Trusts, GP practices and independent providers will be supporting Nurses and Health Visitors to return to practice, with the potential of employment on successful completion of the programme. 

Due to social distancing measures, currently, the theory part of the programme is delivered online. From January 2018, a Return to Practice for GP Nurses is also available with additional skills teaching - focusing on clinical skills specific to primary care.

The theory part of the programme runs over six consecutive weeks with live online sessions on Mondays and Fridays between 09:00 and 12:30. We have three intakes for this programme a year starting in January, May or September.

Watch the Return to Practice promotional video on YouTube.

Learning and Teaching

The theory part of the programme is designed to support RTP students in updating their knowledge and skills on contemporary nursing practice. The theoretical aspect of the programme is run alongside a practice placement where returnees will complete practice competencies that meet the NMC outcomes that are required to be eligible to return to practice; these are:-

  • An understanding of the influence of health and social policy to the practice of nursing and midwifery
  • An understanding of the requirements of legislation, guidelines, codes of practice and polices relevant to the practice of nursing and midwifery.
  • An understanding of the current structure and organisation of care, nationally and locally.
  • An understanding of current issues in nursing and midwifery education and practice.
  • The use of relevant literature and research to inform the practice of nursing and midwifery.
  • The ability to identify and assess need, design and plan interventions and evaluate outcome in all relevant areas of practice, including the effective delivery of appropriate emergency care.
  • The ability to use appropriate communications, teaching and learning skills
  • The ability to function effectively in a team and participate in a multi-professional approach to people's care.
  • The ability to identify strengths and weaknesses, acknowledgement limitation of competence and recognising the importance of maintaining and developing professional competence.

In addition to the practice outcomes, you will be required to pass an academic assignment at level 3, which is based on reflective practice. You will also need to compile a professional portfolio of evidence and pass a numeracy assessment to complete the programme.

Study facilities

You'll have access to a range of on-campus and online facilities to support your learning, including the University Library which is open 24 hours a day.

The Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences has an excellent reputation for the quality of its teaching and the facilities it provides.


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For qualified nurses and SCPHN

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