Return to practise course
You may need to take a course if you cannot meet our readmission or revalidation practice hour requirements
You’ll need to pass a return to practise course if
- you've not been on our register for some time and can’t meet the minimum practice hours for rejoining the register, or
- you’ve not completed the required practice hours for revalidation.
You may also be required to pass a return to practise course if you were removed from the register by a fitness to practise panel and want to apply for restoration.
Find an approved course
There are separate return to practice programmes (courses) for nurses and midwives.
They’re run by universities and normally last between 3 and 12 months. You should check that the 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.