The aim of this course is to enable qualified nurses to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) regulatory requirements for renewal of registration and re-entry to the Register following a break in practice. Students are encouraged to develop skills in lifelong learning as required by the Post Registration Education and Practice standards.
This course enables previously registered practitioners who have been out of practice to fulfill current NMC requirements. To return to the appropriate part of the register ready to enter clinical practice as a safe and competent practitioner who is able to provide a high standard of care and be accountable for that care
The Return to Nursing Practice course is available to undertake at either Diploma level (level 5) or Degree level (level 6) and 20 academic credits are attached. If you have a degree already or have evidence of 120 credits at level 5 then you can choose to undertake the degree module.
Please read the applicant information sheet before applying.
Health Education England & Health Education West Midlands web link provides further information about the Come Back to Nursing campaign where you can find a variety of resources such as case studies of returners, video's and web chats / tweets from others considering or have returned to nursing that you may find useful http://comeback.hee.nhs.uk/
Placements - this will be discussed with you at interview. All placement areas must have had an educational audit undertaken and have a 'sign off' mentor to support you. The University will acquire this evidence prior to commencing the placement. For further advice contact Jackie Mitchell, Course Leader. Please be advised that placement requests will be considered, but cannot be guaranteed; you will however be offered a suitalbe alternative to your first choice.
Obtaining a placement. Following a conditional offer of a place on the course (after a successful interview) you will be provided with the contact details of the relevant Practice Placemetn Manager (PPM) to advise them you would like to organise a placement and to discuss a potentially suitable setting. It may take a few phone calls or emails to secure a placement, and the course team will be there to help you. If you would like further details about who to contact please email the course leader Jackie Mitchell - firstname.lastname@example.org
Your clinical placement is where you will complete the clinical part of the course. The NMC require that returners spend a minimum of 75 hours, and a maximum of 150 in supervised clinical practice before returning to the Register. We strongly advice that you should spread these hours over 4 to 6 months, and if necessary complete more than 150 hours if you feel you need more time to be comptent and confident in practice.
If you are currently working, please consider very carefully how you would incorporate your clinical hours in to your current job. It is not permissable to try and complete the clinical hours working weekends only. You need to spead your hours over weekdays and weekends in order to gain useful and varied experience. You may work one or two nights if you wish, but the majority of your clinical time will be on day to day covering mornings, afternoons and evenings with your sign off mentor.
The vast majority of the students who complete the course successfully find employment as a Registered Nurse having regained confidence, ensuring their practice is up to date and their knowledge is evidence based.
Following the Return to Practice course some students choose to continue with part-time studies at University in order to enhance their careers even further.
By the end of the course, including your directed and self directed study, you should be able to:
Critically reflect on your role as a nurse and demonstrate safe, competent and professional practice in the health and social care setting.
Utilise the databases and search strategies to identify and appraise evidence for best practice; demonstrate application of findings to practice.
Critically analyse the impact of a range of national policies and strategies on local provision of health and social care.
Critically reflect on your individual learning needs for continuing professional development and accountability in order to maintain registered nurse status and enhance your future practice.
Critically evaluate your role as a nurse and demonstrate safe, competent and professional practice in the health and social care setting.
Collect, analyse and synthesise evidence for best practice; demonstrate the application and dissemination of findings in practice.
Critically evaluate the impact of a range of national policies and strategies on local provision of health and social care.
Demonstrate the synthesis and critical evaluation of your individual learning needs for continuing professional development and accountability in order to maintain registered nurse status and enhance your future practice.
This course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Diploma level (level 5) has 20 credits attached and degree level (level 6) study has 20 credits attached.
The course will run in January 2015 and March 2015 while funding is being offered from Health Education West Midlands. Interviews will take place in November, December and early January for the January 2015 cohort and during February and March for the March 2015 cohort. An interview does not guarantee a place on the course and if you are returning after many years away from nursing practice, you will need to provide good rationale for wishing to return to nursing within the 'Personal Statement' section of the on line application form.
2015/6 fees for this course have not yet been agreed. Please contact 01902 323135 for further information.
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 323135
These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
There is currently a national recruitment drive for Returners to Nursing Practice, and therefore Health Education West Midlands are providing funding for the course until 2017, as well as a £500 financial contribution all students to cover travel / childcare & study costs.
Fees at Partner Colleges are not yet available.