Return to Professional Practice HEA3244


Please note that this module is under review and this webpage will be updated in due course.

This programme is accessible to both nurses and allied Health Care Professionals (HCPs) who wish to reactivate a registration with their professional body or who wish to refresh their knowledge and skills before returning to the healthcare arena. Practitioners who originally obtained their registration from countries outside of Europe and who wish to practice in the UK may also be able to access this programme, however the individual must initiate their application with the relevant professional body in the first instance. The programme is facilitated on a part-time basis over 15 weeks, and provides students with the opportunity to enhance self-confidence, acquire contemporary knowledge which reflects the NHS modernisation agenda and develop practice skills in order to competently return to the practice arena. Students will be expected to attend the eight theoretical study days and to complete a minimum of 150 hours in practice which will be facilitated with student preferences considered and supported by an experienced mentor. You must be able to attend for a minimum of 2 days per week once you are on placement.

Module Code: HEA3244
Level: 6
Credits: 20
Cost: -

Who is this module for?

The aim of the Nursing and Midwifery Council/Health Care Professions Council is to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the public by ensuring that anyone renewing their registration has undertaken a minimum amount of practice. This standard requires nurses and Allied Health Care Professionals to have practised in some capacity by virtue of their qualification for a minimum amount of hours during the three years prior to the renewal of their registration. If this requirement is not met, nurses will need to undertake an approved return to practice course before they can renew their registration, AHPs may choose to access a Return to Practice programme to assist them in the reactivation of their professional registration.

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What are the key aims of the programme?

The Return to Professional Practice programme aims to develop a reflective practitioner who has the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the demands of professional practice and who will be fit for practise at the point of re-registration.

What will I study?

• Basic Life Support
• Anaphylaxis
• Moving and Handling;
• Administration of Medicines
• Reflection and Reflective Practice
• Ethical, Legal and Professional Aspects to the Delivery of Care
• Evidence-based Practice
• Communication
• Leadership
• Simulated Practice
• Academic Writing
• Field of practice specific clinical skills

How will I be assessed?

• Theoretical assessment: 20 minute reflective Seminar Presentation and a Written Assignment.
• Practical assessment: Achievement of practice specific learning outcomes that will be worked towards under supervision and supported and assessed by a Sign off Mentor / Practice supervisor within the practice setting.

On successful completion you will:

• Nurses will be able to reactivate their professional registration/register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, (NMC).
• HCPs can use the practice hours completed whilst on the programme towards reactivation of professional registration with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
• You will be awarded 20 Credits at Level 6 (Degree level).
• Have an opportunity to transfer the above academic credits into a pathway award ie a Degree.

Study Dates and Venues

September 2020

Venue: TBC

Starts: Tue 1st Sep 2020

Session Times:
Dates to be posted as soon as they are available

Study dates and times are subject to change.

Further Information

Module 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 some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

To access the module you will be required to engage in a robust vetting process, which will be inclusive of,
• Evidence of previous registration i.e. Professional body statement of entry
• Two references, one of which should be a professional reference
Satisfactory Occupational Health Clearance
• International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at level 7 if English is a second language.
You will also need to satisfy professional body requirements in respect of physical and mental fitness and be required to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure Certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of 'Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults'. In addition, you will be registered with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) in line with University policy.
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The next programme date is to be confirmed.

For further information, please contact the acting programme lead: Lai Chan on 01695 650775 or email