Return to practice consultation

Our consultation is closed.

Our public consultation on Returning to practice was open from
24 September 2018-16 November 2018. We are grateful to those who participated in the consultation.

What we consulted on

Our consultation booklet (Welsh) and draft standards documents  (Welsh) set our proposals in full. 

What are the next steps?

  • The consultation responses will be analysed by an independent research agency from November 2018 to February 2019. We will use the findings to refine our new standards.
  • In spring 2019 we will seek approval from our Council for the new standards.
  • In May 2019 we aim to publish the new Return to practice standards for nurses, midwives and nursing associates.

What might change?

We want to make it as straightforward as possible for people to demonstrate that they’re ready to return to professional practice.

Currently, if someone has time off our register, we ask them to pass a course to make sure they’re safe to practice before they rejoin our register.

We've proposed some changes to these courses and in the consultation we asked for views on two new approaches.  

We proposed that instead of going on a course:

  • We could ask the nurse, midwife or nursing associate to take a knowledge test and a practical test.
  • We could allow people to prove they’re safe to rejoin our register by submitting a portfolio which could include: certificates for courses, references and evidence of practice. We would assess the portfolio.