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Return to Practice

Return to Practice is a programme that enables nurses who have left the profession to re-enter and gain their nursing registration.

Health Education England is committed to funding high quality Return to Practice education programmes which reflect the needs of healthcare employees, healthcare providers and patients.

“You were that nurse, you are that nurse. Don't wait any longer join us!

If you were once a Registered Nurse but had a career break, then you may need to undertake a period of updating your skills and knowledge before you can return to work in the healthcare sector, including the NHS, private, voluntary and independent sector and become re-registered on the Nursing and Midwifery Council professional register. The term used to describe this is called Return to Practice (RtP).

The programme has been a major success in encouraging nurses to return to the profession. But don't take our word for it, read the case studies and watch the videos to hear about the nurse experience of Return to Practice.

Please contact the universities below for further information about programme and applying.

Universities who run the Return to Practice programme

Currently across the East Midlands we have three Universities delivering a NMC validated programme. The University of Northampton University of Derby and University of Lincoln. They offer Return to Practice courses throughout the year, see below. Universities work collaboratively with employers across the region to ensure they are able to provide an excellent educational experience.

University of Derby

Contact: Navjot Virk at n.virk@derby.ac.uk 

Course dates: September 2017 (Chesterfield), November/December 2017 (Leicester), February 2018 (Derby).

University of Lincoln

Contact: Fran Maplethorpe at cpd@lincoln.ac.uk

Course dates: September 2017, January 2018

University of Northampton

Contact: Ros Wray at ros.wray@northampton.ac.uk or Mary Kitson at mary.kitson@northampton.ac.uk

Course dates: September 2017, February 2018.

How is the course funded?

We will fund all of the course fees, with an additional £500 of financial support for each learner on the programme.

How do I apply?

Please contact the universities directly for information on how to apply (see below).

“This reminded me at times of the reasons I myself came into nursing originally and how lucky I am to still feel vocational in this role.” - Return to Practice mentor

“She bought with her new values learnt as a mother whilst she was away that she openly claimed gave her empathy and understanding of her patient’s position that she never used to have.” - Return to Practice mentor


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This includes the contact details for each Trust


“The patients benefitted from her new perspective and desire to return to the workplace as she was so willing to give of herself in order to help them achieve their health outcomes.” - Return to Practice mentor

More information:

Frequently asked questions

National Come Back to Nursing website

Come Back to Nursing in the East Midlands

Health Careers 

Health Careers - Returning to Nursing

Health Careers - Nursing microsite

East Midlands RtP Lead: Paul Chapman at p.chapman1@nhs.net

All other enquiries: RtP.em@hee.nhs.uk

RtP National Line: 0121 695 2221

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Careers websites:

NHS Jobs

Civil service jobs 

Universal job match 

Local Government jobs 

Voluntary sector (health and care)

Voluntary sector (support worker roles and jobs in nursing care)

Indeed (includes public, private, locum and voluntary sector jobs)

List of Trusts offering Return to Practice course opportunities

Across the East Midlands we have employers from a variety of settings who offer RtP placements and support the RtP programme. Some of these employers may offer employment to support you through the programme and provide employment once re-registered.

Employers and Universities are encouraged to work collaboratively to ensure they are able to provide an excellent educational experience.

If you are an employer and would like to get involved in supporting the RtP programme please contact Paul Chapman at Health Education England - East Midlands at p.chapman1@nhs.net.

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Claire Davies, Senior Matron, Nursing Workforce Coordinator

Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Jayne Seagrave, Professional Development Facilitator.

Claire Kinnell, Practice Learning Support Unit Manager

Derbyshire Community Healthcare Services (DCHS) 

Beverley Smith, Practice Learning Coordinator

Derbyshire Healthcare Trust

Faith Sango, Head of Education @Derbyshire Healthcare

Kettering General Hospital

Wendy Goode wendy.goode@kgh.nhs.uk

Universities Hospital of Leicester (UHL)

Jane Lawrie, Practice Learning Lead

Leicestershire Partnership Trust  

Anthony Bailey, Practice Learning Manager

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust 

Valerie Ronis, Professional Development Manager

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT)

Karen Johnston, Modern Matron, Safe Staffing/Professional Development

Kate O’Leary, Practice Education Coordinator

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Michael Durose, Head of Practice

Northampton General Hospital Trust

Gillian Ashworth, Clinical Placement Facilitator, Professional and Practice Development, Area Q

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Julie Brice, Head of Pre & Post Registration

Nottingham City Care

Emma Self, Head of Professional Standards

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Deb Boyer, Practice Learning Tutor

Theresa Brennan, Practice Development Nurse, Lings Bar Hospital 

Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust

Sam Hopcroft, Preceptorship Support Nurse/Practice Learning Facilitator

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sue Froggatt, Professional Practice Development Matron

Return to General Practice

Gill Beardmore, Primary Care Workforce Transformation Manager: gillian.beardmore@hee.nhs.uk 

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