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Return to Practice


Attendance mode

Start date(s)
September, February

3 months

City Campus

UK students can apply

Attendance dates

September 2022 intake

Application closing date: 24/6/22  
Interviews: 7/7/22

  • 5/9/22 to 9/9/22 (incl): Contact week
  • W/C 12/9/22: Breakaway for MH or LD students
  • 23/9/22: Contact day
  • 7/10/22: Contact day
  • 21/10/22: Online study day
  • 4/11/22: Contact day
  • 18/11/22: Contact day
  • 2/12/22: Contact day

February 2023 intake

Application closing date: 25/11/22  
Interviews: 9/12/22

  • 6/2/23 to 10/2/23 (incl): Contact week
  • W/C 13/2/23: Breakaway for MH or LD students
  • 24/2/23: Contact day
  • 10/3/23: Contact day
  • 24/3/23: Online study day
  • 6/4/23: Contact day
  • 21/4/23: Contact day
  • 5/5/23: Contact day

Entry requirements

Students should already have:

  • A health professional qualification
  • Lapsed registration with the NMC (Nurses and Midwives)
  • Evidence of GCSE grade C or above in English and Maths or level 2 equivalent such as functional skills or O Levels
  • 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)

Learning and assessment

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).

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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.