Return to Nursing Practice

Continuing Professional Development (short course)

Blended learning

12 weeks

Module level: 6


Are you a qualified adult, child or mental health nurse who'd like to apply for re-entry to the professional register? Our 12-week course, validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), can help you get your career back on track quickly and safely. Please note: this course is not available for overseas nurses who wish to register for the first time with the NMC.

Full description

Who should attend?

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) require that all registrants undertake a minimum number of practice hours in each three-year period to remain current on the register (NMC,2018). If you're a qualified adult, child or mental health nurse unable to demonstrate this requirement, you may undertake a return to nursing practice module as a means of re-entering the register. You'll need to provide evidence of your lapsed registration with the NMC and confirmation of permission to undertake the module by the NMC, where appropriate.

You'll have to provide evidence of your original registration, disclose any previous restrictions on practice, and have access to a relevant area of practice to enable you to complete the clinical practice element of the module.

You'll also require:

  • a satisfactory DBS
  • a professional reference
  • occupational health clearance
  • GCSE or equivalent in English and Maths, to demonstrate that you meet the NMC requirements for numeracy and literacy. If you've not previously been taught and assessed in English for at least two years, you must also demonstrate that you meet NMC English language requirements.

You'll be required to attend an interview prior to acceptance on the course, which will assess digital and technological literacy and values in accordance with the NMC Code and also undertake our preparation for return to nursing practice online.


Please note: teaching is blended, so there will be a single application link available – for face-to-face study/skills days, you will be able to choose which campus is most convenient for you to attend.

Trimester 1

20, 22, 29 September 2022
6, 13, 27 October
3, 10, 17, 24, November
1, 8 December

Face to face (Skills):
16 November 2022

Trimester 2 - Dates to be confirmed

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.

We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.

We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.

Where can I study?

Blended learning
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Study at a time that suits you, using our learning management system.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

Places are fully funded


Contact details

Sue Creedon

CPD Admissions

Entry requirements

To access this course, you will need to provide evidence of:

  • your lapsed Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration and details of any restrictions on your practice (if applicable)
  • GSCE English and Maths (or equivalent)
  • an enhanced, current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (we can help you to arrange this)
  • character references
  • occupational health clearance (we can help you to arrange this).

Prior to application, you are strongly advised to have gained healthcare support worker experience in your field of practice in an Acute NHS Trust (for at least six months).

If you're unsure about any of the above, contact our CPD Admissions Team, or if you're employed by a trust, please contact your trust manager.

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