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Return to Practice

Duration: 3 months
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: Module
Not suitable for international students
Start date: View attendance dates
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).

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)


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

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.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

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


  • Home/EU: £3,030* 

* Fee includes the standard module cost, plus an Occupational Health screening, a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, a uniform, and placement 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.

How do I find out more?

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Enquiry form

How to apply

Application deadline: 4th May 2018 (for September 2018 intake)

Please complete the Return To Practice for Healthcare Professionals Application Form (docx, 97 KB).

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, if they wish, discuss these in confidence with the admissions team 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.