Continuing Professional Development

Return to Practice


The details
Return to Practice
30 credits
Level 6
25 March 2021
Colchester Campus

This module has been designed in response to a national and local drive to increase numbers of registered nurses returning to practice. It is specifically adapted for nurses whose registration has lapsed, so that they can regain the skills to re-establish a nursing career in their chosen field (adult/mental health), and in their preferred work setting (acute/community).

Here at Essex we create a supportive yet challenging environment, in which you can bring your knowledge and skills up to date.

You will leave with renewed confidence in your ability to deliver safe, effective and compassionate care in today’s health care environment. On completion of this module you will be able to re-apply for current NMC registration. You will be prepared for the application and interview process, in collaboration with local employers, as an integral part of the course.

There is funding to cover your tuition fees and you will also be provided with a £500 bursary to help with living costs.

Learning outcomes

After this module you will have:

  • enhanced understanding of the required values for contemporary nursing practice
  • updated knowledge required for contemporary nursing practice
  • updated clinical nursing skills pertaining to your chosen field of nursing

Accreditation and professional recognition

Our programme is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and with HEE–East of England.

Our expert staff

Sherrie Green has been a Nurse for many years working in Older Medicine and Stroke care. She has worked as a lecturer in the School of Health and Social Care for 14 years, and has taught on a variety of programmes including Pre-registration Nursing, Mentorship and this Return to Practice Course.

What our participants say

‘I found the course to be flexible, and the university to be very friendly, as were the module staff’ (January 2019).

Entry Requirements

Previous registration within the field of nursing that you registered with,the Nursing and Midwifery Council or the United Kingdom Central Council.


Module Outline

Teaching and learning disclaimer

Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.

A combination of classroom and online learning (equivalent to 10 days) constitutes the theoretical component of the module. A minimum of 300 hours must also be completed in a practice placement.

Assessment strategy

This module is assessed by portfolio and practice based assessment. Returnees are expected to construct a portfolio that demonstrates how they have met the learning outcomes. The portfolio must contain: - 3,000 word written assignment containing five critical reflections. - Practical Skills and Sign Off Mentor’s Record. - Log of practice hours. - Evidence of mandatory training completed.

Fees and funding

Places on this module will be funded by Health Education East of England, and you may be entitled to a £500 bursary.

What's next

We have guidance on making your application and the forms to download on our how to apply page.

Get in touch

If you require further details about this module, including future course dates, please email