The Return to Practice courses are available for Nursing, Midwifery, Health Visiting and Operating Department Practitioners. We have a separate distance learning return to practice course for speech and language therapists.
Return to practice 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.
The programme 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.
NHS funding is currently available for this course.
We have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you.
This module could count towards a Top-Up Degree
The length of your programme will be determined by how much time you need to spend in practice to meet your individual professional requirements for returning to the register. The course consists of 15-credit modules at level 5 or 6 depending on your profession. You will have someone to help you plan the academic learning and practice you will need to renew your registration. This person will be able to direct you to learning opportunities with students on other programmes.
Practice based learning will ensure you are updated in mandatory training such as patient handling, resuscitation, infection control and safeguarding, ensuring you cover the areas relevant to your field of practice.
Before starting the return to practice programme we will identify your placement provider with you, in a practice area which can provide mentorship and supervision which meets educational audit requirements.
The University works closely with NHS organizations in the West Midlands to provide placements for the return to nursing. The University makes the placement arrangements: we can provide contact names if you would like to contact an NHS Trust to find out about opportunities before applying to the University.
If you wish to arrange your own placement outside a West Midlands NHS organization, the University can advise about placement.
University based learning will update you in the context of contemporary health and social care, professional codes, standards and guidance, evidence to underpin practice, advocacy and dealing with difficult situations as well as specific practice in nursing, midwifery, health visiting or operating department practice. There are well developed support facilities in the university to help you develop your study skills, academic writing, professional practice skills and use of technology.
The return to practice programme will give you the evidence you need to renew your professional registration. Careers support is available in preparing for job applications and interviews so that you will be able to make the most of your past and new experience in selling yourself to employers.
You will be assessed by assignment to demonstrate you have updated your knowledge and understanding, and be assessed through a professional practice profile at your placement by a registered practitioner. Your assessor will meet the professional body’s standards for assessors.
- 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 interview.
If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our pdf application form instead.
Online application and enrolment process
- 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.
- 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.
- You will be sent an email asking you to complete your online pre-enrolment. This must be completed before you enrol.
- 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:
You are paying for the course and responsible for the fees.
Select 'Self Funded' when making your application.
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’.
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.
Programme Director - Tim Badger
+44 (0)121 331 7159