Completing a return to practise course

You have the option to complete a return to practice course if you cannot meet our readmission or revalidation practice hours requirements

You have the option to complete a return to practice course if you cannot meet our readmission or revalidation practice hour requirements.

There are separate return to practice courses (programmes) for each area of practice.

The length of course and the amount of practice learning you'll do will depend on your individual needs.

Your approved education institution (AEI), together with their practice learning partners, will design their programme to include practice learning, so that you’re able to gain appropriate skills and confidence to deliver safe and effective care in your intended area of practice to a diverse range of people. 

Find an approved course

We approve programmes in the UK that meet our return to practice programme standards.

Check that your course is on our list of approved programmes.

If you’ve previously been registered with us as a SCPHN, make sure your university knows to include the education and training you need in your return to practice course.

After you complete your course

Returning to practice as a nurse or midwife

Your university will send us your details at the end of your course. We’ll then write to you to tell you to sign up to NMC Online to apply for readmission.

If you already have an NMC Online account, we'll send an email to your registered email address you asking you to apply for readmission.

Returning to practice as a SCPHN

To register as a SCPHN, you first need to register as a nurse or midwife. 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.

Things to consider

1. Are there RtP programmes for specialist community public health nurses (SCPHN)?

If you want to rejoin the SCPHN part of the register you must first make sure your nursing or midwifery registration is active.

Approved education institutions (AEIs) may have RTP programmes approved that enable you to return to nursing and SCPHN, midwifery and SCPHN or if your nursing or midwifery registration is still active can tailor the programme for updating only SCPHN knowledge and skills.

Contact your AEI to discuss what RtP programmes are available.

2. Are there grants available for people wishing to complete return to practice programmes?

Speak to the approved education institution (AEI) running the return to practice programme as they’ll have more information about any available funding.

3. The university nearest to me does not have a return to practice programme. How can I return to the register as a nurse, midwife or nursing associate?

Some approved education Institutions (AEIs) may have a programme that includes distance learning and will also support you with practice learning near to home.

If you make enquiries with a range of AEIs you should be able to find out how they can support you. You can use our approved programme search tool to find a programme at an AEI

Alternatively, from January 2020, you can complete a test of competence for return to practice.

4. How long is a return to practice (RtP) course and how many hours of practice learning will I have to do?

The length of a course and the amount of practice learning depends on the needs of the individual.

Your approved education institution (AEI) together with their practice learning partners will design their programme to include practice learning, so that you’re able to gain appropriate skills and confidence to deliver safe and effective care in your intended area of practice to a diverse range of people.