Returning to Practice   Nursing and Health Visiting

Return to Practice Nursing

Level 5 and 6  Credit size:10 credits

Applications will be considered in April and May, and therefore should be submitted by the 31 May 2021 at the latest. Interviews will take place in June and July.

Module Title

5118HEAL for Nursing Associates 6118HEAL Adult, Child and Mental Health Nurses

Course aim

The course aims to enable qualified adult, child and mental health nurses and nursing associates 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 or if you are still currently on the NMC register, but will not meet the NMC re-validation criteria.

Course length

This is a flexible programme and where possible, we try to tailor the programme to your individual requirements. The course can be studied over 9-12 months, full or part time. A team of academic and practice staff will support you. 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.

Course cost

The fees are currently paid by the Health Education England

  • Seven study days are taught over the course, which involves attendance at the University for seven individual days, spread over the first 3 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 at least 3 days per week once you are on placement.
  • 3-5 individual tutorials will be also provided to support you will your clinical experience and the academic portfolio.
Course content

The programme combines theory and practice and this theme is integrated across the duration of the course. Service users & carers, clinical staff and RTPN have engaged in the development of the current RTPN programme design. The theoretical component is undertaken in the University and continues with its application during the practice component in a clinical setting under the supervision of a practice supervisor/practice assessor from nursing.


Assessment and successful completion of the course will be judged against the new standards set by the NMC (2018/19). This will be done via an academic portfolio, which will be marked against academic criteria level 5 or level 6, and by practice assessment supervised by a practice assessor.

Entry requirements

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

  • Have been a registered nurse associate or a registered nurse (Adult, Mental Health and Child).
  • Complete an application process and you will also need to complete a Prior Experience Record (PER).
  • 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.
CPD award

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

Study dates

Start Month is always end of October

How to apply?
  • Apply online using the undergraduate 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. 
  • Two references are required.
  • DBS and OH forms will be completed and returned. 
  • Confirmation of acceptance on RTPN programme will be between 7-14 days.

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

Further information

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

For further information please contact: Programme Leader: Anita Maestri-Banks or contact number is 0151 231 4133

Faculty Admissions Team

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

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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