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Return to Practice – Registered Nurse (Adult, Child, Learning Disability, Mental Health) and Registered Nursing Associates NUR3001


This module is only available to students who have previously been registered with the NMC as a Registered Nurse or a Registered Nursing Associate.

Module code:NUR3001
Module credits:20
Cost for new students:Funded by Health Education England (HEE)

If your tuition fee is being paid by a sponsor or you are a sponsor paying a student’s fee, you are required to send a copy of a purchase order to

For further guidance please visit: Sponsored students – Edge Hill University

Who is this module for?

The purpose of this module is to provide a route from all fields of nursing (Adult, Child, Learning Disability, Mental Health) and Nursing Associates to effectively return to the Nursing and Midwifery Council Register.

To be eligible to apply, you must hold a registration (lapsed) with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and have the ability to update the necessary numeracy and literacy skills required to meet the professional programme requirements.

What are the key aims of the module?

This module will provide the necessary components (practice and theoretical learning) to enable Registered Nurses and Nursing Associates with lapsed NMC Registration to return to the professional NMC register.

How will I study?

This module will be delivered using a blended learning approach with a mix of campus-based learning, online learning, simulation-based education, peer group learning and directed study. Students will be required to attend practice for a minimum of 150 practice hours and maximum of 360 practice hours in total. Duration of module: Flexible part-time. Minimum of 17 weeks, maximum of 40 weeks.

What will I study?

The key areas that will be covered within this module include:

  • revisiting professionalism and The Code: Professional standards of practice and behaviour for nurses, midwives and nursing associates (NMC, 2018)
  • consent and capacity
  • critical reflective skills, self-awareness, resilience/wellbeing and identification of own professional development needs
  • numeracy skills & digital literacy
  • patient safety, human factors and safeguarding
  • pharmacology/medicine optimisation
  • communication and relationship management
  • person centred care and safe discharge planning
  • working in multi-disciplinary/interdisciplinary teams
  • evidence based practice and Public Health
  • leadership styles, NHS Leadership framework, Quality Improvement Methodology.

How will I be assessed?

There will be a range of formative assessment opportunities within the module to prepare students for summative assessment and practice learning:

Formative Assessments:

  • Online numeracy assessment and education e-learning
  • Peer group online learning activities (online reading) and discussions
  • Peer presentation of evidence-based practice for informal feedback
  • Reflective practice group discussion to enhance reflective skills and peer learning
  • Assessment preparation using group and online activities
  • Simulation-Based Education to enable students to safely practice a range of clinical and professional skills


Summative Assessments:
The summative assessment has two elements. The summative assessment has two elements. Students will need to pass both required summative elements to be able to apply to the NMC for professional re-registration.

Part One: Practice Learning
Achievement of practice proficiencies aligned to the student’s specific professional registration.

Part Two: Coursework
A written assignment (1,500 words) examining an aspect of evidence-based practice that has an impact on patient safety.

On successful completion you will:

Be eligible to re-register with the NMC as a Registered Nurse or Registered Nursing Associate.

Study dates and venues

Venue: Ormskirk Campus and Alder Hey Institute in the Park

Starts: Thursday 23 January 2025

Session times:

Face to face sessions will be delivered at Alder Hey or Ormskirk.

  • Thursday 23 January 2025
  • Thursday 30 January 2025
  • Thursday 6 February 2025
  • Thursday 13 February 2025
  • Thursday 20 February 2025
  • Thursday 27 February 2025
  • Thursday 6 March 2025
  • Thursday 13 March 2025
  • Thursday 20 March 2025
  • Placement commences week commencing 24 March 2025.

How to apply

Return to Practice programmes are funded by Health Education England (HEE) and you will also be eligible to apply for a £1000 stipendiary payment towards childcare, travel and book costs and more.

Please follow the links to HEE and the NMC for more information.

If you are already employed within the healthcare sector as a Healthcare Assistant, you may wish to discuss with your organisation if there is an option to be supported with Employer led Return to Practice.

Programme availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of the programme it may be that the programme is fully booked when your application is received.


Contact us

For further information please contact:

Brenda Harris, Programme Lead, via email on

Delyth Hargreaves, Deputy Programme Lead via email on

For any other queries, you can contact the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health on