quote HEE facebook linkedin twitter bracketDetail search file-download keyboard-arrow-down keyboard-arrow-right close event-note

University of Bradford

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

Structure of the Programme:

The Return to Practice course lasts for an average of 12 weeks in total. This includes 150 hours of theory (both at the University and directed study) and a minimum of 150 hours in a practice setting.

The first week of the programme is an introductory block and is delivered in the University at the Faculty of Health Studies. During this introductory block, students are expected to attend the University Monday to Friday.

During the programme, students will undertake 150 hours of clinical practice with the supervision and support of an experienced mentor. During this period, students will also undertake theoretical learning, either with directed learning materials, or attendance at the university for group / individual tutorials.

The Return to Practice programme is a 30 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
  • Changing contexts of healthcare
  • Accountability of healthcare professionals
  • Ethical and legal aspects of healthcare
  • Clinical skills, including basic life support
  • Evidence based 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 case study relating to a specific area of care relevant to your area of practice
  • A reflective report exploring your achievement of selected clinical competencies in practice
  • A numeracy test
  • 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 either lapsed registration with the NMC (nurses and midwives only) or advice from the appropriate professional body (other professions)
  • Be able to provide 2 satisfactory references, ideally from education and employment sources
  • Have an awareness of recent changes in healthcare and the NHS
  • Be able to demonstrate that they have appropriate academic ability to undertake the course
  • 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
  • Ideally have a relatively short period of time out of practice, although time since registration lapsed is not necessarily an excluding factor
  • A genuine and thoughtful reason for wanting to return to the profession / NHS
  • Evidence of recent academic study
  • Good supporting references

Want to apply or want more information?

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

If you found this content useful you can share it on your favourite social network:

Or just grab the url to share wherever you like: