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Standards for return to practice programmes

We've published new return to practice programme standards

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Our Standards for return to practice programmes have been in effect since 20 May 2019.

These standards set out the specific requirements that apply to all approved return to practice education programmes.

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Delivering an approved return to practice programme

To deliver an approved return to practice programme, education institutions and their practice learning partners must meet these standards. 

It's important to read these standards along with our Realising professionalism: Standards for education and training:

Reading these together will give you:

  • Our expectations of what approved education institutions and their practice learning partners must do for delievering NMC-approved programmes for nurses, midwives and nursing associates. 

Pre-2019 standards

Our pre-2019 return to practice standards will apply to courses already approved. We're starting approvals for programmes delivering our new standards, with full implimentation by the end of August 2021.