Return to Practice (Nursing)  CPPD

Course Information

Dates and Fees to be confirmed

Course Content

This course is designed to meet the needs of nurses whose registration with the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) has lapsed and who wish to return to nursing practice.

As part of this course you will need to complete a placement within either an acute, community or general practice setting.

This is a 30 credit course at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 6.

In this course you will examine the current evidence base for nursing practice and refresh your clinical skills. You will develop your skills as a reflective practitioner and enhance your ability to effectively use current evidence to inform your practice.

Course content reflects contemporary nursing issues including: NMC standards for practice; NHS reforms; patient safety including safeguarding vulnerable adults and children; the Mental Capacity Act 2005; advances in technology including medical devices and health informatics; compassion in practice, dignity in care, and the 6Cs; equality and diversity; medicines management, and general practice nursing skills.

Funding may be available for nurses returning to practice; please visit the Come Back to Nursing website to find out more.

Current opportunities

Our NHS Partner Trusts offer a variety of both Student Contracts and Salaried Positions for nurses with lapsed registrations to complete the Return to Practice programme (RTP) with City, University of London.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the RTP Programme Co-ordinator,

Sarah Storer at or +44 (0) 1708 743251 / +44 (0) 7951 760141.

Tutor Info

To discuss applying for the Return to Practice (Nursing) course please contact Ben Teh or Sarah Storer.

Ben Teh, Programme Leader
+44 (0) 1708 743 251
+44 (0) 795 724 1582

Sarah Storer, Lecturer
+44(0)795 176 0141
+44 (0)7951 760 141


  • Lapsed NMC registration for UK Nurses
  • DBS check and have satisfactory occupational health clearance.
  • An approved placement is a requirement to undertake this course, this can be within either an acute, community or general practice setting.

English Requirements

Students will be required to undertake a literacy and numeracy test.

What will I learn?

You will be supported to refresh your study skills, develop your academic writing and plan your future professional and personal development. In practice you will work closely with a named mentor who will enable you to refresh and develop your practice in either an acute, community or general practice setting.

Teaching and Assessment

The course consists of ten study days, which are held weekly over a period of ten weeks. You will participate in seminars, workshops, online discussion, and clinical skills updates. You will also complete sixty hours of self-directed learning and a minimum of one hundred hours of clinical experience (subject to meeting required competencies) within a hospital, or community or general practice setting.

You will complete a practice portfolio, in which your achievement of practice based competencies will be assessed by your mentor in practice. You will also complete an assignment in which you will reflect on your practice and develop a personal development plan.

Leads To...

Following a successful completion of the Return to Practice Programme you will be recommended to the NMC to re-join the nursing register.

For acute and community nursing the course runs three times a year in the autumn, spring and summer terms, with the general practice nursing option running in the autumn term.

Application Deadline: