Return to Practice - Health Visiting - 15 credits

  • Level: Short Course
  • Starting: January 2020, April 2020
  • Study mode: Short Course (Individually determined)
  • Location: City South

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.

Identifying your own placement with a local health care provider before you start the return to practice programme will 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.

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Open Days

Our next Open Day for this course will take place on Sunday 24 November 2019. Book your place to see our facilities and speak to our staff and students.

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This course is worth...

15 credits

This course is not open to International students
  • UK/EU students (Self Funded)
  • UK/EU students (Employer Funded)
  • International students


Starting: Jan 2020

Funding: Self Funded

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • Individually determined
  • TBC


Starting: Apr 2020

Funding: Self Funded

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • Individually determined
  • TBC


Starting: Jan 2020

Funding: Employer Funded

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • Individually determined
  • TBC


Starting: Apr 2020

Funding: Employer Funded

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • Individually determined
  • TBC

Sorry, this course is not available to International students.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. 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 up to a maximum of five per cent.

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 interview.

How to apply 

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.

Course structure

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 you will need to identify your placement provider, in a practice area which can provide mentorship and supervision which meets educational audit requirements. The University can advise about detailed requirements for your placement.

The University works closely with NHS organisations in the West Midlands to provide placements for the return to nursing and health visiting. The University makes the placement arrangements but you should contact the NHS Trust to express your interest before applying to the University. The University can provide contact names in NHS Trusts.

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.


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.

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £340 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 cutting-edge facilities.

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.

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.

Laura Maguire

Laura Maguire

Senior Lecturer – Post Qualifying Practice Department

Laura’s professional background is in midwifery and health visiting.  She has worked in both hospital and community settings, here in the UK and in Australia.  She joined Birmingham City University in 2014 as a PhD student and Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant (GRTA).  Her interests include offering excellence in teaching and learning across both the undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes, within the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences.  She is passionate about parenting, family support and child health, research and practice and strives to reflect this in the facilitation of learning and assessment.

Research is an equal passion and she enjoys being a member of the Family Health Research Cluster.  Her doctoral studies are focused on exploring parent’s experiences of parenting twins or higher order multiples during the first five years.

Course enquiries

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

Please contact Laura Maguire:


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.