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Sheffield Hallam

A 'Return to Practice' course combining both theory and practice.

Structure of the Programme:

The Return to Practice course lasts for an average of 4 months in total. This includes 150 hours of theory (both at the University and directed study) and a minimum of 25 days in practice (45 days if returning to both Health Visiting and Nursing) in a practice setting.

During the programme, students will undertake clinical practice with the supervision and support of an experienced mentor. During this period, students will also undertake theoretical learning with 5 full study days in the university as well as directed learning.

The Return to Practice programme is a 20 credit programme at level 6 (degree level)


    Programme content:

    There are a wide range of topics covered in the programme including:

    • Study skills and numeracy skills
    • Current healthcare practice including safeguarding and recent policies
    • Accountability of healthcare professionals
    • Ethical and legal aspects of healthcare
    • Clinical skills, including basic life support
    • Critical reflection on practice


    Student placements are arranged in partnership between the University and Service Provider organisations (Trusts). Students are asked to identify areas they would be interested in completing their practice placement and these preferences will be taken into account, although placements of the students’ first choice cannot be guaranteed.

    Before identifying areas that they may wish to access a placement, students should consider:

    • Which organisation they would prefer (bearing in mind travel etc.)
    • Which specialty they might prefer ((bearing in mind the requirement for the placement area to be appropriate for you to achieve the required competencies which meets the required quality standards for audit and has the capacity for you to be supported by an experienced mentor)
    • Where they would like to seek employment on completion of the course (whilst there is no guarantee of a post on completion, many students prefer to undertake their placement in an organisation where they would like to work)


    During the course you will complete the following assessments:

    • A 1000 word formative reflection
    • A 2000 word summative assignment exploring safeguarding within your area of practice
    • An assessment of your competence in clinical practice (Mentor assessment which is either Pass or Fail)

    Entry Requirements:

    Students wishing to apply for the programme should:

    • Have a health professional qualification
    • Have lapsed registration with the NMC of 10 years or less
    • Meet the NMC requirements of literacy and numeracy
    • Be able to provide 2 satisfactory references, ideally from education and employment sources
    • Be able to demonstrate recent self-directed learning
    • Be able to demonstrate the ability to study at degree level
    • Be of good character and health
    • Have experience of using IT

    In addition to the above, priority for shortlisting will be given to students who:

    • Live locally / intend to seek employment within the local area
    • A genuine and thoughtful reason for wanting to return to the profession / NHS
    • Good supporting references


    Want to apply or want more information?

    To apply for the programme or for further information, click here

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