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Return to Practice Nursing

Return to Practice Nursing

Level 6, 10 Credits

Course aim

The course aims to enable qualified nurses to return to practice. You can apply for this exciting opportunity if you have been out of current practice in nursing and wish to return to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register.

Course length

This is a flexible programme and where possible, we will be try and tailor it to your individual requirements. The course can be studied over 6-12 months, full or part time. You will be supported by a team of academic and practice staff. All resources will be made available via LJMU’s Virtual Learning Environment (Canvas). In addition, you will have full access to all learning resources via the Avril Roberts Library.

  • The course involves attendance at the University for 6 individual days, spread over the first 4 months of the programme
  • You will then go into practice within the LJMU practice area for the required length of time
  • Attendance in practice is dependent on a combination of the length of time since registration lapsed, and individual need
  • You must be able to attend for a minimum of 3 days per week once you are on placement
Course content

The programme combines theory and practice and this theme is integrated across the duration of the course. 

The theoretical component is undertaken in the University and continues with it’s application during the practice component in a clinical setting under the supervision of a qualified practice teacher/mentor from nursing.


Assessment and successful completion of the course will be judged against the standards set by the NMC. This will be done via a portfolio of reflections which will be marked against academic criteria, and by practice assessment supervised by a sign-off mentor.

Entry requirements

In order to be considered for this course, you must:

  • have been a registered nurse
  • complete an interview
  • have satisfactory references and undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check and Occupational Health check if not currently employed within the NHS

You will also need to complete a Prior Experience Record (PER). This will be sent to you once you have completed the on line application form. 

How to apply
  • Apply online using the postgraduate online application form selecting undergraduate from the Level of Entry drop down
  • The PER document will be sent to you for completion 
  • Return PER and we will arrange interview 
  • 2 references required
  • DBS and OH forms completed and returned 
  • Confirmation of acceptance on RtP 

There is currently a bursary of £500 attached to this course and course fees are paid by Health Education North West.

CPD award

This course is stand-alone and is not within a wider award framework.

Fees and Funding

If you live in England and meNHS Health Education England logoet the entry criteria, the course is funded by Health Education England (HEE), so there are no fees to pay. Funding also includes a non-means-tested bursary to help cover travel costs and other expenses. You can find more information about fees and funding on the HEE website.

You can also contact HEE directly, and the team will be happy to answer any funding eligibility questions you might have:

Paul Gibson, Return to Practice Coordinator for HEE

Tel: 0191 275 4796

Further information

Further details are available in our CPD courses for healthcare professionals brochure.

Faculty Admissions Team
Faculty of Health
Liverpool John Moores University
79 Tithebarn Street
Liverpool L2 2ER

T: 0151 231 5829

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.

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