Return to nursing

If you're thinking of returning to nursing there has never been a better time. Your skills and experience are needed more than ever before.

We've put together some information below about how you can make a return to nursing practice.


Return to practice programme

The return to practice programme prepares you for re-entry into the professional register (NMC register).

It is:

  • for nurses whose registration has lapsed;
  • required to regain your registration.

The programme refreshes your skills, giving you the confidence to return to nursing.

It involves a combination of classroom and placement-based learning. 

Visit the NHS health careers website for more information about returning to nursing.


How to apply

There are 4 university programmes available across London. 

Find out more about the programmes and how to apply:

You may want to return to a specific field of nursing, such as:

  • mental health nursing
  • child nursing
  • learning disability nursing

Please contact the university to make sure they offer the programme you want.


Financial support

NHS Health Education England (HEE) provides funding towards your course fees. You'll also get either:

  • a bursary to help cover any childcare, travel and book costs, or
  • a salary.

This depends on the route you take to return. 


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