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Return to practice course

How to find a course

If you have not completed the required practice hours, you will need to undertake a return to practice course before being able to re-join the register. You must have completed 450 hours of registered practice in the three years before you apply for readmission to the register, or 750 hours of registered practice in the five years before you apply.

For a list of universities which offer these courses, see our approved programmes.

Your university will tell us once you have completed this course. We will then send a letter advising you to sign up to NMC Online to apply for readmission. If you are already registered with NMC Online we will email you asking you to apply for readmission.

Find out about our readmission process.

Return to practice courses can also be used to fulfil the practice hours requirement for revalidation. If you have practised for fewer than the required number of hours in the three year period since your registration was last renewed or you joined the register, then you must successfully complete an appropriate return to practice course before your revalidation application date. For further details of the revalidation practice hours requirement please see our revalidation microsite.

Returning to practice as a SCPHN

If you’ve previously been registered with us as a SCPHN, please tell your university to make sure the education and training you need is included as part of your return to practice course.

To register as a SCPHN, you first need to register as a nurse or midwife. Here’s what you need to do.

Your university will send us your details at the end of your course. We’ll then write to you and ask you to go online to finish your readmission application. This will put you back on the register as a nurse or a midwife.

When you’re back on the register, please ask your university to email us to confirm that your return to practice course also covered your SCPHN qualification. We’ll ask you to complete one final form, then we’ll update your entry on the register.