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Return to Practice (Nursing) CPPD

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Course overview

This programme 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 programme you will need to complete a placement within either an acute, community or general practice setting. We do not secure/find clinical placement for you. To undertake this programme you must be offer an approved placement by the NHS Trust/Organisation.

This is a 30 credit course at level 6.

In this programme 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.

Programme 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.

If you are interested in taking this programme, further information can be obtained by contacting the RTP Programme Leader, Ben Teh at / +44(0)7388230924 or Programme Lecturer, Maria Lynch at

Module dates

Key information

In 2020/1 the module start dates will be as follows:

SEP: Wednesday 23 September 2020

NOV: Thursday 19 November 2020

JAN: Wednesday 27 January 2021

MAR: Wednesday 3 March 2021

MAY: Thursday 27 May 2021

Application Deadline: 2 months before start date

Course outcomes

Course outcomes

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.

Read our student profiles to find out why they choose to study Return to Practice Nursing at City, their experiences, and advice for anyone considering this programme:

Dorothy Flatman
Stephen Frith
Aileen Keigher



Prerequisite knowledge

  • Lapsed NMC registration for UK Nurses
  • DBS check and have satisfactory occupational health clearance.
  • An approved placement is a requirement to undertake this programme, this can be within either an acute, community or general practice setting.
  • We do not secure/find clinical placement for you.

English requirements

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



The programme 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 complete a minimum of 180 hours depending on how long you had a break in Nursing as follows:

  • Break in Nursing 3 years to 4 years – 180 clinical practice hours
  • Break in Nursing between 4 to 5 years – 250 clinical practice hours
  • Break in Nursing more than 5 years – 300 clinical practice hours

This is also 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 critically analyse skills and competencies.