Return to Nursing and Health Visiting
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Up to 1 year part-time




CPD/Short courses


Coventry University


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The programme provides the opportunity for nurses or health visitors whose registration has lapsed after a break in practice of three years or more, to return to practice with proficiency and confidence.

Course detail

It provides the practitioner with the opportunity to rediscover and develop practice based skills and the theoretical underpinning of current developments and influences on nursing and specialist community public health nursing and therefore comprises both academic and clinical practice elements.

The course is designed to respond to the needs of individuals when returning to practice. Returnees bring a wealth of life and professional experience to the programme, which would be the foundation for learning.

This module provides practitioners with the opportunity to:

  • rediscover and develop skills which can allow them to confidently return back to their practice;
  • gain up-to-date knowledge on the latest developments and influences within the field in order to enhance their career prospects.

Benefits include:

  • the reactivation of NMC PIN;
  • access to learning from subject and clinical experts;
  • the opportunity to network with a range of students from own speciality and other disciplines;
  • ability to achieve developed critical thinking and clinical decision making skills;
  • achievement of clinical proficiency;
  • achievement of clinical proficiency in specific speciality;
  • enhanced ability to challenge practice and embed relevant evidence base to support quality care;
  • enhanced ability to innovate and lead clinical practice derived from current policy initiatives;
  • increased commitment to achieving and leading quality care service delivery.

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This course aims to:

  • provide the returnee with the knowledge and skills to equip them for re- registration on the NMC Professional Register;
  • develop the returnee's competence for returning to professional practice in line with the NMC (2010) Standards for Pre registration nursing competence;
  • enhance transferable skills through Coventry University’s Enterprise Capabilities Strategy to prepare the returnee for employment as a registered practitioner.

You should also be able to demonstrate cognitive, practical and transferable skills by:

  • analysing relevant literature and research to inform your practice;
  • evaluating theoretical concepts which underpin practice;
  • appraising, monitoring and evaluating your own practice;
  • identifying and assessing needs of patients/clients in the area of practice;
  • designing and implementing interventions in conjunction with the patient/client;
  • evaluating outcomes of care delivered;
  • delivering safe and appropriate care;
  • functioning effectively in a team and participating in a multi-professional approach to care;
  • identifying your individual needs for learning;
  • interpreting, analysing and presenting numerical data;
  • using appropriate communication, teaching and learning skills;
  • understanding career opportunities and challenges ahead and beginning to plan a career path.

How will this course be taught

This module will be delivered through a series of lead lectures, tutorials and workshops. Where it is appropriate students may access specific pre-registration or learning beyond registration sessions. The module may also incorporate online learning.

The length of the programme is very much determined by individual requirements and ability to undertake clinical placement hours. However, it is recommended that the returner devote at least two shifts per week to clinical practice in order to maintain continuity and facilitate learning within the negotiated area.

The programme is a single module and comprises two components: theory and practice.

The theory element of the course is delivered over 2 days across 10 weeks. All students will be taught together for the first 9 weeks of the programme. The 10th week will be route-specific tutorials/workshops.

After the 10 weeks, the returner is eligible to commence the clinical placement part of the programme which is a minimum of 100 practice hours. Practice attendance and hours will be negotiated between the student and clinical mentor to maintain continuity and facilitate learning.

The module is assessed at Level 6 (degree level) and is worth 20 CATS points.

There will be one Returning to Practice course each year. Once started, students can take up to one academic year (45 weeks) to complete the course. They may exit once all assessments (theory and practice) have been completed. There are three exit points during the year: 2 weeks before Board 1, Board 2 or Board 3.

We welcome students with disabilities. We recognise that education is a right for all who can benefit from it and that students with disabilities have an equal right of access to higher education. Our staff also recognise that individuals with disabilities are the best source of expertise about themselves and their needs. All students with disabilities should be able to participate as far as is reasonably practical in the educational and social activities we make available. Such students should be encouraged to expect equal treatment as individuals and that they and their work will be considered solely on the basis of their quality. For further information please contact the Disabilities Officer on +44 (0) 24 7688 8029 or email

Lectures – 50 hours

Clinical Skills – 40 hours

Self-guided student activity – 97 hours

Workshops – 10 hours

Tutorial – 3 hours

Total student activity – 200 hours

Entry requirements

This programme is designed for first-level nurses in adult nursing, mental health nursing or children's nursing and health visitors previously registered on the General Nursing Council (GNC), United Kingdom Central Council (UKCC) or Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) professional register.

Second-level nurses (state-enrolled nurses) who have not undertaken a conversion course (not now available) would need to apply for entry to a pre-registration nursing degree course although prior nursing experience may be taken into consideration.

Candidates who have trained outside the UK and have never been registered with the NMC, must undertake and adaptation programme and therefore advice should be sought from the NMC.

For those intending to return to health visiting, the programme is suitable for those for whom:

  • registration has lapsed on both the nursing and specialist community public health nursing (SCPHN) parts of the NMC register, or
  • registration as a midwife or nurse has been maintained but lapsed for the SCPHN part of the NMC register.

Candidates should have:

  • the ability to study at level 6 (degree level);
  • availability to attend for interview;
  • satisfactory occupational health and disclosure and barring service (DBS – previously CRB) clearance which are undertaken by the university;
  • two satisfactory references;
  • the module requires a pass in both theory and practice in order to reactivate registration with the NMC;
  • the ability to fulfil the attendance requirements for the course;
  • good health and character. The requirement for a statement of health and good character is requested by the NMC for students to gain re-entry to the professional register. The Course Director will be required to make this declaration for individual students upon successful completion of the course.

The criteria for determining health and good character is identified within two documents:

  • Coventry University Professional Suitability Protocol;
  • The Code: Standards of conduct, performance and ethics for nurses and midwives (NMC, 2008).

To demonstrate good health and character the individual should demonstrate personal suitability for and have a commitment to nursing/health visiting from the point of admission and throughout the programme of study.

Personal suitability is defined as having such qualities as:

  • reliability;
  • honesty;
  • ability to help people face difficult decisions;
  • evidence of decision making and sound judgement;
  • sensitivity and tolerance;
  • the ability to maintain appropriate personal and professional boundaries.


You will be assessed by a completed clinical competency document demonstrating proficiency in NMC outcomes in the Clinical Area.

Academic attainment at Level 6 (degree level) is assessed by:

  • a presentation (30 minutes);
  • a personal development plan (1500 words).

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Successful completion of degree level modules can enable progression to master’s degree studies in a range of Health Care and Professional Practice studies which are offered at Coventry University.

Upon the successful completion of this module students should possess the qualities and knowledge to return to their practice confident and ready to develop further as professionals within the field.

Achievement of the module specific outcomes will enable the student to re-register with the NMC.