Continuing Professional Development (short course)
Module level: 6
You will first need to apply with your chosen Trust via NHS Jobs, see NHS Trust profiles below for contact details and more information about how to apply.
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.
Our blended learning course combines lectures, tutorials, skills teaching, online learning, self-directed study - and offers a mix of theory and practice. You'll attend for 60 hours of teaching, complete 40 hours of online learning, and do at least 200 hours of assessed practice. The practice hours can be undertaken full or part-time.
In order to undertake this course you will need a placement in a clinical area, which has a registered NMC sign off mentor. If you are currently working as a HCSW you can remain in your current clinical placement. Your employer will need to confirm in writing the availability of a placement and an NMC sign off mentor. There is a sliding scale of practice hours required depending on the number of years you have been out of practice. This will be discussed on an individual basis.
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If you aren't currently in employment it is advised, but not essential, that you obtain some experience as a health care support worker ahead of your application, particularly if you have been out of practice for a prolonged number of years. Anglia Ruskin University has agreement and support from a range of placement areas across Cambridgeshire and Essex who are enthusiastic about placing students who are not currently employed. These placements all provide mentors in clinical practice to support you through the course. All of these placement areas will be interviewing & recruiting return to practice students who wish to work with them as qualified Nurses on successful completion of the course. Details of current opportunities will be provided at the taster sessions, which can be booked via the Anglia Ruskin University Website. At the taster session you will also have the opportunity to meet potential placement providers.
You can choose to study a 30-credit (level 6) or a zero-credit course. If you're taking the 30-credit option, you'll write a 3,000-word reflective essay as part of your assessment. Both options require you to be assessed on your clinical, professional and interpersonal skills.
While you're studying, you'll wear a student uniform. They will enable you to be recognised as a learner in the practice area, so colleagues can support your professional development.
All students who are successful in applying for this course will be fully funded, so there are no course fees. There is a £500 bursary, which will be paid to students on successful completion of the course.
Attendance at interview
Attendance of your interview is compulsory.
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.
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.
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To access this course, you will need to provide evidence of:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Short course continuing professional development (1 day)
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