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Return to Practice: Module Code SHG270, 40 credits at level 5

SNTA 2015The Return to Practice course prepares nurses to return to their field of nursing care in today’s dynamic and challenging clinical areas. The course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and enables nurses whose registration has lapsed to return to practice. 

The College of Human and Health Sciences was announced as the winner of the ‘2015 Return to Practice Course of the Year’ at the Student Nursing Times Awards, where the judges said that the course "showed clear understanding that confidence building and creative methods are integral to a Return to Practice course. The staff are constantly striving to improve and evaluate the learning."

Further information on the Return to Practice course

Who should apply?

This Return to Practice course is for:

  • UK trained qualified nurses from all fields whose registration with the NMC has lapsed or been suspended
  • Qualified nurses from the EU or EEA in receipt of a decision letter from the NMC stating they should undertake a Return To Practice programme in order to register
  • Practitioners from all fields of nursing holding current NMC registration but wishing to update their skills and knowledge in order to maximise their employability may apply

Nurses from outside the UK are required by the NMC to first complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic assessment and to achieve a score of 7.0 in all areas. 

Course Structure

The Return to Practice course is 18 weeks in length, and is divided into clinical practice days and study days. 

Students will be expected to commit 20 hours a week to study blocks and an average of 22.5 hours a week when in clinical practice.

The course is run in partnership with the Local Health Boards who provide appropriate clinical placements in negotiation with the student.

Entry Requirements and Selection

Return to Practice is open to qualified nurses whose registration with the NMC has lapsed.

  • Selection is undertaken in partnership with the local Health Board
  • Students must achieve successful occupational health clearance
  • Students will also require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

Course Fees

A limited number of places are available on this programme.

All successful applicants to the Return to Practice course have their course fees are paid by the Welsh Government. All students also receive a non means-tested bursary of £1,000. Additional payments may be made to those who care for children or other dependents.



The Return to Practice course enables qualified nurses to renew their professional registration and to work as a qualified nurse in the NHS or other sector. Whilst on the Return to Practice course students will receive advice and guidance on preparing a CV and portfolio of evidence; applying for jobs; and preparing for interviews.


All Return to Practice students must demonstrate their ability to deliver safe and effective care without supervision. Nursing competence is assessed by completion of a portfolio of evidence which includes assessment of clinical skills under the supervision of a sign-off Mentor and the completion of a 4,000 word reflective essay.