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Return to Practice (Nursing)

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This course is designed to enable nurses to re-enter registered practice with up-to-date competencies and with the current skills and confidence to maintain safe and effective standards of patient care.

If you successfully complete this course, you will gain re-registration with the NMC.

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Key information

Next start date:

18 September 2018, 12 March 2019


Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus


Six days plus extra clinical hours


Nursing & Midwifery Council

Entry requirements:

This course is suitable for nurses who no longer have live UK registration with the NMC and wish to re-enter the profession. It is suitable for Adult (general), Child Health, Mental Heath and Learning Disabilities parts of the register and is open to first and second level nurses (RN and EN).

Course details

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The course requires six days of attendance at the university plus 150 clinical hours, over a minimum of 16 weeks/maximum of 46 weeks depending on your experience and time away from nursing.

This course has been approved and validated by the NMC and on successful completion of the course you will be awarded 20 academic credits (at Level 6 degree) and you will also gain re-registration with the NMC. It is suitable for First and Second Level Nurses (Registered and Enrolled) and covers Adult (General), Child and Mental Health fields.

Course dates

  • September 2018 start: 18, 25 September, 9, 16 October, 13, 20 November 2018
  • March 2019 start: 12, 26 March, 9, 23 April, 9, 14 May 2019

This course is suitable for:

  • Nurses who no longer have 'live' registration with the NMC and wish to re-enter the profession
  • Adult (general), Child Health, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities parts of the register
  • First and second level nurses (i.e. RN and EN)
  • Those who have already secured a clinical placement in a health care setting.

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for nurses who no longer have live UK registration with the NMC and wish to re-enter the profession. It is suitable for Adult (general), Child Health, Mental Heath and Learning Disabilities parts of the register and is open to first and second level nurses (RN and EN).

International applicants without a UK registration from the NMC are not eligable for this course. 

Clinical placement

Prior to applying for the course you must secure a clinical placement in a health care setting – either in an acute or community trust or in the private sector. This placement must start by the first study day at the University and must be for the duration of the course. Clinical placements must be within Dorset or the New Forest Area.

This clinical experience may be gained as part of employed work or by working as an honorary member of the staff and must be for a minimum of 150 hours (possibly more). So you must ensure that any ‘contract’ allows you to continue until you have completed the practice outcomes of the course.

During your clinical time you will work in a role equivalent to that of a 3rd year pre-registration student. Clinical hours can be undertaken either full or part time and negotiation with the placement provider as to how these hours are completed needs to be organised prior to commencing the placement.

Clinical placement requirements

All clinical placements (NHS and Private sector) need to appreciate that you are not pre-registration students and therefore they need to provide you with:

  • Honorary contract (at minimum)
  • CRB screening and Occupational Health screening
  • Induction to include minimal handling, Basic Life Support, child protection (if appropriate) and POVA training before placement commencement (placement should start when university course starts)
  • A uniform and name badge
  • A sign-off mentor on the same part of the register to which you are returning.

If private hospitals are unsure about any of the above, please encourage them to contact us at

Clinical placement contact details:

If you are interested in gaining a clinical placement in an NHS Trust please email (only) the following relevant Education Leaders (not individual clinical areas, including a summary of your recent working history, and stating the clinical area in which you are seeking a placement):


Hampshire area

  • Adult Mental Health and Community- Anne Prout –

Salisbury area

  • Salisbury District Hospital- Nicola Summerill -

If you wish to undertake your clinical placement in the private sector, you will need to contact them directly. Please ensure that the placement has an educational audit to take pre-registration students and that a sign-off mentor is available. Please also make them aware of their responsibilities below.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements, for this course are normally:

  • IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each component or equivalent.

View further information about our English language requirements.

A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.

You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our international entry requirements page.

Fees and funding

Please contact the admissions team on 

How to apply

When you have negotiated your clinical placement you can apply to Bournemouth University for a place on the course. Some NHS Trusts who offer placements for this course require you to apply to them via NHS Jobs. Please check for details before contacting the Trust direct.

Please note, how you submit your application form will depend on whether you are working for the NHS or in the private sector (see below):

  • If you are undertaking clinical placement within the NHS, your Educational Lead will forward your completed application form to the university
  • If you are undertaking placement in the private sector, please forward your form personally to the admissions department.

Your application form cannot be processed unless it has your learning agreement (within application form) signed by your placement provider – unfortunately until this has been done we cannot reserve a place for you.

Download the information pack and application form, or contact the Admissions Office:

  • E-mail:
  • Telephone: 01202 962036
  • Postal address: Post Qualification Admissions, School of Health and Social Care, Room 109, 1st Floor, Royal London House, Bournemouth University, Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3LT

Career development

We have a range of individual units at Levels 5, 6 and 7 available which you can choose from to develop your skills in a specific area of practice. If you take further units of study you can begin to build your own qualification and gain an academic award for your work, depending on your level of study this may be:

  • BSc/ BSc (Hons) Professional Practice (level 5/6)
    If you have a Diploma or Advanced Diploma you can take this course to top-up to a full degree
  • MA Advanced Practice (level 7)
    If you have an honours degree and are aspiring to be an advanced practitioner, this route enables you to work towards a Master's degree award. Depending on how many level 7 units you complete, you can exit with a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Practice.

These options provide a flexible route to gaining a bachelor’s or Master’s degree by studying in more manageable ‘bite-sized’ chunks.

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