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Return to Practice (Nursing) CPPD

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Course overview

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.

If you are interested in taking this course, further information can be obtained by contacting the RTP Programme Co-ordinator,

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

Module dates

Term 2

JAN: Thursday 24, 31 January 2019
FEB: Thursday 7, 14, 21, 28 February 2019
MAR: Thursday 7, 14, 21, 28 March 2019

Module Submission Date: Friday 31 May 2019

Term 3

MAY: Thursday 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 May 2019
JUN: Thursday 6, 13, 20, 27 June 2019
JUL: Thursday 4 July 2019

Module Submission Date: Monday 23 September 2019

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 course:

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 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.



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 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.

Module leaders

  • Michelle Ellis

    Michelle is a Senior Lecturer in Child Health who joined City University London in 1997. She previously worked in the NHS in Children's Nursing and Adult/General Nursing at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and St Georges Hospital.

    Michelle initially worked in the NHS in a variety of staff nurse and ...