Return to Professional Practice - Nursing

Admission Criteria

  • In order to eligible for the course, you need to have been 'off' the NMC Register for 3 years.
  • You need to have been a First Level nurse in either Adult, Child Mental Health or Learning Disability
  • Complete Application Form (available on University Website). Send completed forms to: or NHS Business Unit Administrator, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences University of Bedfordshire, Park Square, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 3JU
  • Applicants have to attend an Interview day, which involves Numeracy and Literacy Screening Group discussion and face-to-face Interviews
  • Applicants are required to supply 2 satisfactory References
  • Applicants need to have Occupational Health Clearance
  • Applicants need to have a clean DBS Certificate, or obtain clearance through a DBS Panel

These last three have to be in place before the student can enter practice.

Practice implications

Students have to undertake a period of practice. The length will depend on individual factors, such as how long since last on the Register and any recent care experience. But suggested times are:

  • 5-7 years, 150 Hours
  • 8-10 years, 200 Hours
  • 10-15 years, 275 Hours
  • 15 years and over, 375 Hours
  • Practice would be undertaken in a placement where there is a Sign Off Mentor. This is someone who has had experience of supporting final place pre-registration Students. Students may wish to 'negotiate' their own placements, although some placements may be available through: Luton and Dunstable Hospital, Bedford Acute Trust, Buckinghamshire Trust, SEPT and ELF. These would be identified through interview, and if you wanted a placement in these areas, please DO NOT approach them directly.
  • Students need to successfully pass a Practice Assessment Document and a Skills log
  • Students would need to obtain an Honorary Contract with the Trust they are undertaking practice in, and will be required to attend Trust Inductions.

University implications

  • The course is 30 Credit course at level 6 (degree level)
  • The course lasts for 30 weeks (October – May)
  • There are 7 study days, 2 at the start of the course, 4 spread out during the next few months, and 1 at the end of the course, for assessed presentations
  • All sessions are held in Luton 
  • Session times are 09.30 – 16.30
  • The course is underpinned by 10 e-learning packages


  • A formative essay based on a Learning need
  • A Summative essay based on a different Learning Need
  • Presentation demonstrating how you have applied one of the 6 'C's of caring
  • Portfolio, demonstrating how you have met the NMC outcomes, which are a course requirement, and 2 reflective essays demonstrating how you have practiced in accordance with the NHS Constitution
  • Practice documents - see above


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