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Return to Practice

Duration: 3 months
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: Module
Not suitable for international students
Start date: February and September
Faculty of Health Studies


Return to Practice provides qualified health care professionals with lapsed registration an opportunity to update knowledge, skills and competencies, enabling them to return to the Professional Register.

The programme is delivered over 11 weeks, and incorporates 150 hours of theory and a minimum of 150 hours of clinical practice.

The theoretical component of the programme consists of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Directed study
  • Group & individual tutorials

The first week is taught in the Faculty of Health Studies, followed by 5 study days whilst on placement.

Students undertake a minimum of 150 hours of clinical practice over 10 weeks, with the support of a qualified mentor. The actual days and hours worked are negotiated with the placement. If clinical competencies cannot be achieved in 150 hours then an extension of up to an additional 50 hours of practice MAY be possible at the discretion of the placement provider. (Practice hours for midwives may vary).

Please contact us for information on the next intake.

Entry requirements

New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new tab).

Additional entry requirements:

Students should already have:

  • A health professional qualification
  • Lapsed registration with the NMC (Nurses and Midwives)
  • Advice from the relevant professional body (professions other than nursing and midwifery)
  • Two satisfactory references, preferably from education and employment sources. References from friends and relatives are not acceptable.
  • Satisfactory occupational health clearance
  • DBS check
  • Demonstration of academic ability/evidence of current knowledge
  • Awareness of changes in the NHS since last practiced

It is also strongly advised that applicants have experience of using information technology resources.

Shortlisting criteria

  • Locally situated/local placement (intention of working in the local authority area)
  • Length of time out of practice (shorter the better)
  • Genuine and thoughtful reasoning for wanting to return (assessed through personal statement)
  • Good references
  • Evidence of recent academic study (as recent as possible)


This module is provided as part of this interdisciplinary Framework within the Faculty of Health Studies. The Framework enables students to create an individualised programme of study that will meet either their needs and/or the employers’ needs for a changing diverse workforce within a modern organisation.

The modules and academic awards are presented in areas representing employment practice or work based or clinical disciplines.

Whilst some students can build their own academic awards by choosing their own menu of module options, other students will opt for a named academic award. The Framework also provides the option for students to move from their chosen named award to another award if their job or personal circumstances change and they need to alter the focus of their studies. The majority of named awards also offer students, the option of choosing at least one module, sometimes more, from across the Faculty module catalogue enabling them to shape their award more specifically to their needs.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

NHS funded places plus self-funding places available - if you are in the Yorkshire & Humber area there are no course fees and a small bursary available.

Financial support

Students applying to study a Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (SSPRD) module or programme, and who work for an approved provider in the Yorkshire and Humber region, may be able to access funding through Health Education Yorkshire and the Humber Contract for the cost of their course fees. This funding is subject to availability.

For more information on eligibility criteria please visit the HEYH website, or download their funding guide (external links).

Students who wish to apply for the above funding will need to provide a funding letter from their employer (on a letterhead) confirming their employment in that organisation and that their employer supports their studies.

Alternatively, please complete one of the funding forms attaching a compliment slip or stamp to verify employer support as part of the application process:

Please be aware that employer support does not guarantee the availability of funding.

How do I find out more?

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Enquiry form

How to apply

Please complete the Return To Practice for Healthcare Professionals Application Form (Word, 103KB).

Applications can be emailed to or sent in the post to:

University of Bradford
Richmond Road, Bradford

All sections of the application form must be completed in full. Please ensure that the reference form is completed and references are either sent with the application form or sent directly to Applicants will not be able to start the course without two references.

Prospective returnees who have previously been the subject of disciplinary action resulting in suspension or removal from a professional register must get written confirmation from the relevant professional organisations that they may undertake a return a practice course. A copy of the letter should be enclosed with your application form and the circumstances must be disclosed and discussed at interview.

Prospective returnees who have had cautions, convictions or bind overs can discuss these in confidence with Rachael Gartland, Marketing, Recruitment & Admissions Team Leader, 01274 236544, if they wish prior to making an application. Appropriate advice and guidance will be offered.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.