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Return to nursing

Return to Practice is a programme that enables nurses who have left the profession to re-enter and gain their nursing registration. Health Education North Central and East London (HE NCEL) is committed to funding high quality Return to Practice education programmes which reflect the needs of healthcare employees, healthcare providers and patients.

If you were a registered nurse, but have had a career break, then you will need to update your skills and knowledge before you can return to work in the healthcare sector.

HE NCEL is particularly keen to support nurses who want to return to community posts; for example: GP practice nursing, district nursing or community children’s nursing in order to support the local NHs plans to move care from acute hospitals into the community. You do not need to have had previous experience of working in these settings. The placements provided by your university will, wherever possible, match the area of practice to which you wish to return; whether that is in the community or in a hospital, mental health or learning disability setting.


HE NCEL works with The University of Hertfordshire and City University to support people who have previously been registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) who would like to undertake Return to Practice Nursing placements in North, Central and East London (map link).

In order to express your interest in returning to practice and find out more about the course requirements contact:

The University of Hertfordshire

City University

The universities will be able to assist you in finding placements. Some placement providers may offer the opportunity for employment as a healthcare assistant while undertaking your training.

Support for Learners

If you successfully secure a place on a return to nursing course, HE NCEL will pay the cost of the course directly to the University and offer a £500 contribution towards books, travel or childcare expenses.

 For further information or queries email info.ncel@hee.nhs.uk.

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