Return to Practice - Nursing - 15 credits

Duration:
Short Course (Individually determined)
Starting:
September 2017, April 2018
Campus:

The return to practice course offers a flexible approach to regaining your professional registration. You will share core learning with others who are returning to healthcare practice after a break, so you'll have the support of other returners to develop your confidence in practice.

What's covered in the course?

What's covered in the course?

The programme length will be tailored to your individual needs depending on how long you have been out of practice, your previous knowledge and experience, and relevant experience undertaken while you have been out of practice.

The University arranges your placement with a local healthcare provider. We involve you in these arrangements to ensure you have a placement which can fit in with your personal circumstances. The return to practice programme will help you plan your future learning to develop your career.

Why Choose Us?

Why choose us?

  • Flexible length to meet your needs
  • Part-or full-time placements available

Credits

This course is worth...

15 credits

This course is not open to International students
Midwifery and social work

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UK or EU students (Self Funded)

Funding Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Self Funded Sep 2017 SC Individually determined TBC
Apr 2018 SC Individually determined TBC

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

UK or EU students (Employer Funded)

Funding Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Employer Funded Sep 2017 SC Individually determined TBC
Apr 2018 SC Individually determined TBC

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Entry requirements

  • Lapsed UK registration as a nurse, midwife, health visitor or operating department practitioner
  • Evidence of your literacy and numeracy
  • Satisfactory occupational health and DBS checks
  • You will need a confirmed placement - this will usually be confirmed following interview
  • You will need to attend for an interview

Please read the 'Online application and enrolment process' and 'Method of payment' information below before making your application.

Online application and enrolment process

  1. Complete an online application form via the link. The form requires you to submit a completed authorised funding form which must be uploaded with the application. Alternatively, you can download a hard copy application form.
  2. When your submitted application form has been processed and approved, details of the module and enrolment details will be sent to the email address stated on your application form.
  3. You will be sent an email asking you to complete your online pre-enrolment. This must be completed before you enrol.
  4. Without proof of funding, you will not be able to complete your enrolment/receive online pre-enrolment email.  The funding form must be received within four weeks of the enrolment date; otherwise you will be withdrawn from the course.

Please submit your application as early as possible. We aim to give you a decision within two weeks of receiving your application. Please note that NHS Trust application deadlines may differ from our own and you should check with your NHS Trust training/education contact for confirmation of their deadlines.

Please ensure that you include full details of your qualifications and relevant work experience as part of your application.

Method of payment

The method of payment of your course fees will differ depending on whether you are a self-funding, sponsored or contracted/commissioned applicant. Definitions are provided below and you must choose the appropriate option when prompted. If you are unsure which funding method applies to you please consult your training/education contact in your NHS Trust prior to applying:

1) Self-funding

You are paying for the course and responsible for the fees.

Select 'Self Funded' when making your application.

2) Sponsored

Course fees are paid directly by the employer/NHS Trust which means we invoice your employer/NHS Trust to obtain payment.

To apply for this course you must download and complete the CPD Sponsorship Agreement Form, and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.

Select ‘Sponsored (eg employer, NHS Trust, charity)’ when making your application’.

Download Financial Support Form Instructions

3) Contracted/Commissioned

The NHS Trust agrees with HE West Midlands for your course fees to be paid directly to the University from funds managed by HE West Midlands for pre-agreed programmes.

To apply for this course you must obtain a contracted/commissioned financial support form from your Trust contact and upload the completed form and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.

Select ‘Funded by HE West Midlands (Contracted/Commissioned)’ when making your application.

Sorry, this course is not available part-time

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Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Modules

The Return to Practice (Nursing) course comprises 6 core study days (usually held over a 3 week period) followed by a period of placement.  

NHS and NMC changes
Generic skills of medicines management
Aseptic technique
Patient/service user handling
CPR
Academic skills and careers advice

Placements

You must be on Placement for a minimum of 150 hours but can be up to 300 hours and can be in a hospital or comunity setting. Hospital and community placements are possible so long as sign-off mentorship requirements can be met, and hours can be part or full-time as agreed with the placement provider. 

The University arranges placement in a Birmingham or Solihull NHS Trust: if you would like placement outside Birmingham and Solihull or a placement in a non-NHS area you will need to arrange your own placement. The requirement for placement include that you are assessed by a 'sign-off mentor' as competent for return to the NMC register and that the clinical area is currently audited for student placements. 

Attendance

University study days are normally two days per week during the initial study block.

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses some of the best learning facilities in the UK.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Virtual Case Creator

For pre-registration midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.

Hospital Ward

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.

The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.

Skills Practice and Clinical Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Biomedical Laboratories

We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Tim Badger Staff Profile

Tim Badger

Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader: Return to Nursing

Tim has been registered as a nurse for over thirty years and spent the first few years of his career in hospitals, working in a variety of medical and surgical wards before specialising in cardiology.

Since 1992, Tim has worked full-time in nurse education. His initial teaching roles were focussed on his clinical background in acute care and the application of physiological and biomedical knowledge. Over the years those interests have evolved to include professional, ethical and legal issues, research methods and evidence-based practice, and health policy in nursing. During that time Tim has been programme leader for a variety of pre-registration and short courses

Tim's current teaching responsibilities cover two main roles, as module co-ordinator for an undergraduate module in policy, politics and nursing, and as programme leader for Return to Practice: Nursing. As well as those he teaches and assesses on a variety of undergraduate nursing modules.  In addition to those teaching responsibilities Tim is active as a case officer in the investigation of academic misconduct and fitness to practise, a role which compliments his interests in professional behaviour and standards.

Course enquiries

The programme leader welcomes informal enquiries to discuss your individual situation. 

Please contact Tim Badger

Employability

Local NHS Trusts support the programme and most returners obtain employment in the same Trust as they undertook placement.

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295