Return to Nursing Practice

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The return to nursing practice (RTP) programme  is for Adult (General), Child and Mental Health Nurses who no longer have ‘live’ registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) and wish to re-enter the profession after a complete break in practice. This includes if you have worked fewer than 450 hours in the past three years and are unable to meet the requirements for revalidation with the NMC.


  • Lapsed NMC registration following a complete break in practice, or where you have worked fewer than 450 hours in the past three years.
  • Confirmation of a practice placement to complete the programme
  • Successful interview between the practice provider and a BU representative
  • If English is not your first language: IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum 7.0 in each component or equivalent

Please note: Prior to applying for the course, you must secure a clinical placement in a healthcare setting – either in an acute or community NHS trust, or in the private sector.

Next start date: 4 October 2022 | Applications close: 6 September 2022

Find out more and apply on our CPD application portal