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Return to Professional Practice - Nursing University Certificate in Professional Development

This award enables you to renew your registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and re-enter practice with the competence and confidence to provide high-quality care and a safe standard of practice.


20 weeks


Course overview

The course is relevant for all fields of nursing who are lapsed NMC registrants. It helps you apply theoretical knowledge and concepts underpinning multi-disciplinary working to your practice area.

An initial five days of study addresses developments in nursing and mandatory training in areas such as manual handling, infection control and basic life support. After this you meet on Tuesday evenings to experience shared learning with nurses from other fields.

Interviews will be held in July with regard to personal values and behaviours outlined in the NHS Constitution for England (2012).

If you live in England and meet the eligibility criteria, the course is funded by HEE so there are no fees to pay. This also includes eligibility for a non means-tested bursary. For funding queries please contact Paul Gibson (Return to Practice Coordinator for HEE) on or 0191 275 4796.

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Where you study

The Centre for Professional and Executive Development, Teesside University, Darlington campus.


Course details

What you study

The programme reflects the NMC Return to Practice standards:

  • Study skills and digital capabilities
  • Professional codes and standards of practice
  • Contemporary issues and trends in health care practice
  • Personal effectiveness
  • Public health and health promotion
  • Safeguarding
  • Consent
  • Clinical governance
  • Information security and data protection
  • Health-related numeracy
  • Ethics of healthcare
  • Legal aspects of healthcare
  • Service user partnership
  • MDT working
  • Digital approaches to healthcare
  • Current treatments and therapies
  • Pharmacology
  • Safe medicines management
  • Clinical skills workshops, negotiated to meet individual student needs
  • Leadership
  • Evidence-based practice

  • Health and social care policy

Book on our information session which provides in depth information about the course and gives you the opportunity to address any concerns or queries.

For available dates and to book on to an information session, please email A link is emailed to you in advance of your chosen date.

How you learn

Tutor-led seminars offer you general knowledge and principles of relevant issues, followed by seminar work and group discussions which allow for greater debate of issues as applied to practice.

In practice, you will work alongside practice supervisors and be assessed by your practice assessor and academic assessor.

Your practice assessment is based on a practice assessment that demonstrates your progress in developing knowledge, skills, attitude and understanding of current practice using the NMC award outcomes as a framework.
Assessment is two parts:

You must prove to your practice assessor that you can practice safely and effectively and achieve practice competence.

You complete an academic piece of work, negotiated with the course leader. We fully appreciate that this may be the first piece of writing at this level that you have completed for a long time. Please do not allow this to deter you as advice can be offered in advance of the programme, and support will be given during your time at Teesside University.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You must:

  • have a recordable professional qualification - lapsed (verified by the NMC)
  • an enhanced DBS check and workplace risk assessment
  • successful interview

You must also let us know if you have previously undertaken a Return to Practice course.

Before application contact Kay Scott, course leader, at, alternatively, you may wish to book on information evening.

Book now on one of our online information sessions - they provide in depth information about the course and give you the opportunity to address any concerns or queries.



Career opportunities

The award enables you to re-register with the NMC and pursue a professional role within health and social care.



2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: 20 weeks
  • Start date: September
  • Level: Degree
  • Credits: 20

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Service user and carer involvement

Service users and carers support all aspects of our students' lifecycle from recruitment to graduation.

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