If you have any questions about the courses offered by the universities that are part of the Return to Practice programme please contact them directly.
Why should I consider returning now?
You already have a wealth of life experience, empathy and understanding of the needs of older people. Why not utilise all your skills knowledge and experience and channel them into reenergising your nursing career. You can make a big difference to people who access care, colleagues and their families. The Return to Practice programme will support you regaining your registration. The programme is fully funded and can be tailored to suit your needs.
How long will the programme take?
This will depend on how long you’ve been off the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register. It will be negotiated with you on an individual basis. The programme can take up to six months to complete. Further information can be found at the individual universities delivering this programme. The courses will also be flexible to fit around existing commitments, such as childcare.
Is Return to Practice funded?
Yes. You won’t have to pay any course fees as a returner.
I haven’t practiced as a nurse for quite a long time. Does this matter?
The Return to Practice course is open to all, regardless of how long you have been out of practice, the course will update you on any new developments in nursing and you willl have support and mentoring throughout the course.
My background is in healthcare, can I join this programme?
Yes. Whether your background is in health or social care Return to Practice will help you to return to nursing in a social care setting. You’ll complete a placement in a care home with a mentor to support you into a social care setting.
I am a nurse outside of The Midlands area. Does this apply to me?
Return to practice is currently being piloted in the West and East Midlands. Yes, they can, but they would need to source a placement in the West or East Midlands as the placement would need to have been assessed as a learning environment by the University offering the course. Most Universities are happy to support placements within a reasonable mileage outside their catchment area but this would need to be agreed with the University and the placement. The Project team would be happy to advise if required.
How do I apply to the programme?
In order to apply to a Return to Practice course please contact one of the univerisities that's part of the pilot directly.
Will additional financial support be available?
You will receive £500 out of pocket expenses £250 at the beginning of the course and £250 on completion of the course to cover travel and subsistence expenses.
Will the return to practice programme lead directly in to a job once I complete it?
There are currently a number of vacancies for Registered nurses in Nursing Homes across the Midlands. We cannot guarantee you will be employed at your placement, this would be negotiated with the Nursing Home if they had a vacancy.
I have retired and received a pension but I am interested in returning part time – is this possible?
Will I be able to work flexibly if I return?
Most nursing homes offer flexible working arrangements as long as this is in line with their skill mix and rosters.
What can I expect?
If you're looking to join the Return to Practice programme, you can expect:
- course fees to be paid
- additional financial support towards travel, childcare and book costs etc.
- a placement within a care home
- theory and clinical-based training
- access to a mentor
- simulation techniques to practice skills