Return to Practice programme details

two women smilingReturning to practice in social care

Whether your background is in health or social care Return to Practice will help you to return to nursing in a social care setting, through distance or classroom based learning with a placement within a care home. You'll also have the support of mentors and other returners to develop your confidence in practice.

Nursing in adult social care enables you to apply your specialised knowledge and skills within the context of a relationship. You can deliver relationship centred care and be essential partners, both with colleagues and with people using services, providing a consistent and high quality experience.

Working in adult social care can be a challenging and fulfilling role, nursing in care homes has evolved over the years, people are able to live longer with their long term health conditions. This enables nurses to enjoy a wide range of roles which offer a fantastic opportunities to work independently and as part of an existing nursing team.

Giving you the opportunity to provide high quality nursing care, supporting people with increasingly complex needs. The development of a career framework and continuous professional development is also a high priority for the future of social care nursing. 

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The programme

The Return to Practice programme is a combination of classroom and placement based learning. Hours on placement will vary and depend on how long you’ve been off the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register. These will be negotiated with you on an individual basis. The programme takes and average of six months to complete. Further information can be found at individual universities delivering this programme.

Led by supportive tutors and mentors, there are eight universities that offer NMC validated courses across the East and West Midlands, created to refresh your nursing skills so that you’re ready to return to practice.

A proportion of the programme you choose will be provided by a university, with the tutors working with you to support your learning experience.

The remainder of the programme will be spent on a placement within a care home. Here you'll have access to a mentor and support as part of the placement to enable you to achieve your required competencies for the programme.

Throughout the programme you’ll develop a portfolio, demonstrating your skills and knowledge. The portfolio will be an essential element of the evidence required for your NMC re-registration and future revalidation.


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