Return to Professional Practice

Continuing Professional Development (short course)


12 weeks

Module level: 6

Cambridge/Peterborough region

You will first need to apply with your chosen Trust via NHS Jobs. See our partner NHS Trust profiles below for contact details and more information about how to apply.

All students who are accepted onto the course will be fully funded. There's also a £500 bursary payable, which you'll receive on successful completion of the course.


Are you a qualified nurse (adult, child or mental health) 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?

This course is intended for qualified nurses who'd like to apply for re-entry to the NMC professional register.
You'll need to be employed as a healthcare support worker while you're on this course. Your employer should confirm the availability of a placement and appropriate support (a sign-off mentor is required), for you to complete the practice component of this course. You may find that some organisations can employ you as a non-registered nurse, then as a band 5 nurse afterwards. Contact your organisation's human resources department or education lead to discuss your options.
While you're studying, you'll have a student uniform so that you're recognised as a learner in the practice area and colleagues can support your professional development.



Taster sessions:
18, 27 November 2019, 10:00-12:00
4 December 2019, 13:00-15:00

13 December 2019

Week commencing 13 January 2020

Teaching dates:
23, 30 January 2020
6, 13, 27 February 2020
5, 12, 19, 25, 26 March 2020
1, 2 April 2020

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?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

Places are fully funded


Contact details

Karen Pym (Chelmsford)
01245 684170
Sue Creedon (Cambridge/Peterborough)
01223 695525
CPD Admissions
01245 687141

Entry requirements

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

  • your lapsed Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration
  • an enhanced, current Disclosure and Barring Service check (we can help you to arrange this)
  • an agreed placement with a relevant healthcare organisation
  • character references
  • occupational health clearance (we can help you to arrange this).

If you're unsure about any of the above, and you're employed by a trust, please contact your trust manager. If you're not currently employed by a trust please attend one of the taster sessions. Contact our CPD Admissions Team on 01245 686868 or email

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