Return to Nursing

Return to Nursing

The Return to Practice programme is currently delivered twice a year in January/ February and September and is jointly provided by the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NNUH).

The Return to Practice (RtP) Team welcomes applications from nurses:

Whose registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) has lapsed having not practiced in the last 3 years or more


Who are wishing to seek employment with the NNUH upon successful completion of the Return to Practice programme.

Please note, UEA does not currently offer a Return to Practice course for Midwives or an adaptation course for overseas nurses.

A number of nurses have successfully returned to practice despite not being registered as a nurse for 10 years or more. The programme aims to give you the confidence to adapt to changes in practice thus enabling you to re-awaken the knowledge you have and to benefit from the wealth of experience that you will have gained in those intervening years.

How long is the Return to Practice programme?

The programme length is variable accordingly to how long you have been out of practice

How much time is spent in the classroom?

The programme consists of 6 study days delivered approximately one day per fortnight over a 10 week period

Is there any on-line learning?

Yes, you will need to complete the equivalent of four days on-line learning whilst on the RtP programme

How much practice do I need to complete in order to re-register with the NMC?

  • Guidance from Health Education East of England recommends the following:
  • 3 -7 years out of clinical practice – 150hrs (20 x 7.5 hour days)
  • 8 – 10 years out of clinical practice – 200hrs (27 x 7.5 hour days)
  • 10 – 15 years out of clinical practice – 275hrs (37 x 7.5 hour days)
  • 15 years or more – 375hours (50 x 7.5 hours)

How many hours a week does the course involve?

  • You need to complete 15 hours clinical practice per week
  • Each week you will need to attend either a study day (at University); undertake on-line learning activity
  • You will also need to undertake personal study; this will be supported by one of the RtP Lecturers or your mentor in clinical practice

Where will you get your clinical experience?

The practice element of the programme is undertaken in one clinical setting. We aim to offer you a placement in an area in which you may have had previous experience and are most likely to feel comfortable. You will be supernumerary and therefore able to concentrate on your learning needs. There is a degree of flexibility in negotiating your shifts but you will need to consider undertaking sufficient hours each week (15 hours) to make the placement a worthwhile learning experience.


If you would like to know more about the programme before applying, please contact;

Nynke Hardy, Senior Nurse, Practice Development and Education on 01603 287678 or email or

Stevie Read, Practice Development Nurse on 01603 289030 or email