If you’ve ever thought about returning to practice!
You're in the right place!
What is return to practice? 

Return to practice (RTP) gives people who have been registered nurses previously the opportunity to return to the profession by undertaking a return to practice programme.  RTP offers healthcare providers such as Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust the opportunity to employ nurses who bring a wealth with them.

In order to be eligible for readmission to the register you must have done either:

* Completed 750 hours of practice in the previous five years, or

* Completed 450 hours of practice in the previous three years, or

* Completed the equivalent number of registered practice hours whilst registered with the relevant regulator overseas, or

* Successfully completed an NMC approved return to practice programme


The NMC Council approved a further standard for Return to Practice, passing an NMC test of Competence for the relevant part of the register. This will come into force in January 2020


How is the Return to Practice Funded

For Return to Practice returners with placements in the South, Health Education England will fund the University fee directly and also provide a £500 stipend, which will be paid to the student via the University.


A placement fee of £500 will be paid to NHS employers, once students have been confirmed as starting on course by the university. 
The return to practice programme

University of Southampton will be running a January 2020 cohort which will be running off the old curriculum. The NHS job advert for this will be out in October 2019.

Bournemouth University will have no more cohorts under the old curriculum and will be changing to the new curriculum as of March 2020 - Please see NMC standards in the useful links section.

The return to practice programme is a combination of classroom and placement based learning which takes between 3 and 6 months to complete.  Throughout the programme the learner will develop a portfolio, demonstrating skills, which will be sent to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to record the completion of their RTP programme and re-registration.

The course will take approximately three months to complete, although some may take longer dependent on clinical placement hours required, length of time out of practice and length of time previously in practice.  During this time the learners will be expected to complete a minimum of 150 clinical hours.  They must be allocated to a sign off mentor whilst on placement.

Through the duration of the RTP programme the nurses are employed within Southern Health on an honorary contract, we cannot guarantee a post on completion, however there are usually plenty of employment opportunities available. For more information about Job Opportunities please contact the Recruitment Department



What are the next steps?

If you are interested in a returning to practice position, you can apply via the NHS Jobs website.  We usually advertise posts around April and October each year. 

Once you have applied for a RTP place, and if you are successfully shortlisted, you will be invited for an interview.  If you are offered a RTP we will then consider appropriate placement opportunities. 

If you would like more information please contact the Learning Environment Team, who will be happy to help.