The Return to Practice Programme offers you the opportunity to develop academically and in practice so that you are in a position to seek re-entry to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
Health Education North West (HENW) are currently funding students residing in the North West for this course.
This programme is available for people who wish to return to nursing. If you are a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse i.e. Health Visitor please indicate this on your application form.
Please note that if you have completed 750 hours in Nursing practice over the past five years you do not need to complete this course, and you should contact the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to find out about returning to the register.
Many health professionals have a break in their career for a period of time, for a range of reasons such as parental leave, extended travel, through illness or taking on caring responsibilities. This programme supports nurses who wish to return to professional practice after such a break.
The Return to Practice (RTP) Programme is studied at level 5 or 6, depending on the requirements in relation to your professional background and your level of previous study. It offers you the opportunity to develop academically and in practice so that you are in a position to seek re-entry to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
You will complete a minimum of 100 hours in practice. An assessment of proficiency will occur after 100 hours of practice.
The course attendance dates for our May 2017 intake are 5 May, 8 and 9 June, 6 July and then tutorials 7 September 2017. Interviews will be held on either the 8 or 9 March 2017. The teaching for the May 2017 intake will be at our Carlisle campus (Fusehill Street).
The teaching for the October 2017 intake will be at our Lancaster campus.
Evidence of prior successful study at underpinning level.
- You will need to provide proof of previous registration with NMC. You will be interviewed for selection for this programme by a member of the programme team and possibly a senior representative from practice.
- To support your application you will also need to provide two professional or academic references. Additional to this, and for your application to be considered you will need to complete a supporting statement outlining the reasons why you wish to return to nursing practice at this time.
- All places are offered subject to successful interview and numeracy test, as well as Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (DBS formerly CRB), medical fitness to practise and proof of qualifications. These will be completed through the University of Cumbria, and you may be required to attend a pre-course workshop. If you are planning to do your placement in Scotland, please note you will need to arrange a Disclosure and Barring Service check through your placement as the Scottish and English DBS clearances are different.
- Students returning to practice for whom English is a second language may be required to provide evidence of passing an International Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of 7.0.
- You require a nominated Mentor/Practice Teacher or Supervisor, and a clinical placement with a NHS Trust or other relevant employer, which has been subject to an educational annual audit of the learning environment. For students supported by Health Education North West, placements will be arranged in partnership with the University; Medical and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks will be arranged by the University.
- Students residing outside the North West should contact the University for advice regarding placements and clearances and their Local Education and Training Board (LETB) for advice regarding funding.
Fitness to practise and health requirements
All offers of a place are subject to satisfactory health screening. Further information will be provided following the offer of a place.
Please note that Professional Bodies such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) have certain requirements regarding health and character status of applicants and their ability to meet the required core professional competencies and to practise safely without direct supervision. Please read theNMC and HCPC information to find out more. Please ask us for advice and/or support as early as possible in the application process if you have any questions about this requirement.
For more information about core competencies and medical fitness to train please click here. There are fitness standards provided here for most programmes of study: health professions, social work and teaching.
In some instances, an applicant may be invited to attend a professional practice panel to discuss any recommended reasonable adjustments, and whether or not core professional competencies are achievable.
In order to be admitted and continue on the course, students must be deemed as medically fit for both practice and theory by the Occupational Health Department. If you have any concerns about a health condition/issue and its impact on your ability to undertake the course please contact the Occupational Health Department as early as possible in the application process.
- Telephone: 01253 957950
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Disclosure and Barring Service check
If you are offered a place we require you to comply with an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) background clearance check. Read the DBS policy.
Please note the closing date for applications is Friday 24 February 2017. This is to allow time for interviews.
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Once you have successfully completed the RTP programme, the University will notify the NMC. You will need to complete the necessary documentation in order to enable reactivation of your NMC registration.
We have a range of opportunities to continue your studies at Diploma, Degree or Masters level. Please talk to your tutor prior to completion of this module.
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