This programme is available for people who wish to return to midwifery practice. 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 Midwives who wish to return to professional practice after such a break which has included a lapse in their registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
The Return to Practice (RTP) programme is studied at academic level 6. It offers you the opportunity to develop academically and in midwifery practice so that you are prepared to seek re-entry to the NMC register as a Midwife.
On the programme you will be required to achieve the Standards of proficiency for midwives (NMC 2019). The number of hours that you spend in practice will be dependent on the number of years you spent in practice compared with the length of time you have been out of practice.You will have an opportunity to discuss this with the Lead Midwife for Education or Midwifery Lecturer at interview. Throughout your practice experience you will work with a Practice Assessor who will sign off your proficiencies linked to the above NMC Standards. You will have the opportunity to work alongside other experienced midwifes known as Practice Supervisors. There is a requirement that you spend half of your practice hours in a community setting and the other half in an acute setting.
It is expected that you undertake a minimum of 2 whole shifts per week when you start the practice element. This will be discussed further at interview.
You will be co-taught with nursing students.
The RTP Programme will be taught at our Fusehill Street Campus in Carlisle.
- Interviews will be held on 27th October and 3rd November 2020.
- Closing dated for applications is 20th Oct.
- If you miss this deadline, please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Team who will pass your details to the Programme Lead.
Due to COVID 19 the interviews and theory sessions (apart from the clinical skills) may be held virtually. Attendance is still expected on the timetabled days.
Once you have successfully completed the Return to Practice programme, the University will notify the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council). You will need to complete the necessary documentation in order for your registration to be reactivated.
We have a wide range of opportunities for you to continue your professional development at levels 6 and Masters level 7; please ask your tutor prior to completion of the module.