Start Dates

February and October each year.

Entry Requirements

• First level Adult, Child or Mental Health nurse, whose NMC registration has lapsed
• A pre-course medical screen and enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check (please note that the CRB check takes time and may delay your entry to course practice requirements)
• Selection meeting to include an Interview, the production of a 250 word essay and the undertaking of a numeracy test (NB: The minimum pass rate for the numeracy test is 70%)
• Two references (can be character references).

Course Fees

• The return to practice course is free to northwest residents.
• Each returner will receive a bursary of £500 to each returner (paid in 2 instalments)

Course Outline

You will be expected to undertake:
• Eight study days over a 12-week period of the course and access directed study via eLearn (Blackboard)
• a certain amount of directed study
• 100 hours (minimum) of clinical practice in a NHS acute or primary care trust.

Clinical shifts can be from five hours long if required - start and finish times can be negotiated. 
Each study day offers six hours of teaching and learning support, and you may also wish to spend some additional time with your personal tutor.

The course will offer:

Insights and information relating to current practice and point you in the right direction to go and read and learn more 

Education and training to support competent practice in relation to:  

  •          Moving and handling
  •          Infection control
  •          Basic life support
  •          Health and safety
  •          Administration of medicines
  •          Nursing process (assessment, care planning, implementation and evaluation)
  •          Record keeping and documentation.

Key content themes are: 

  •          Health and social policy 
  •          Ethical, legal and professional contexts of practice 
  •          Patient led services and patient centred care 
  •          Life long learning and professional development 
  •          Promotion of health 
  •          Clinical skills and practice competencies.

Learning Environment & Assessment 

Students are required to undertake a minimum of 100 hours of supervised clinical practice. This practice must be supervised by a named mentor who will ultimately 'sign-off' successful completion of the required competencies. The work based mentor will have undergone appropriate mentor preparation with the University. Clinical assessment documents will be provided to help students to achieve competencies.

  • Portfolio (100 per cent) 3000 words
  • Written assignment (2500 words) 
  • Personal development plan (500 words). 
  • Practice Assessment (Pass / Refer)
  • Competence assessment in core skills 
  • Self and peer assessment using essential skills cluster

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course UCLAN’s How to Apply pages will guide you through the process.

To make a general enquiry or request an application form, please telephone, email or write to:

Post-registration Recruitment 
School of Health 
University of Central Lancashire 
Preston PR1 2HE 
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839 

For more information please follow the link below to UCLAN’s return to practice pages

or contact

Andrew Keavey

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust Practice Education Facilitator

Learning Centre, Royal Blackburn Hospital, Haslingden Road, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB2 3HH

Direct Line: 01254 73 3371 / 01282 80 4708 Ext: 83371 / 14708 Mobile: 0774 827 8866 /

Useful documents

Course mentor information sheet

North West return to practice programmes

Return to practice guide

Useful links

UCLAN - Return to Practice