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Come Back to Nursing (Return to Practice)

Inspired by the idea of returning to nursing? 

Still committed to care and compassion? 

If you’ve ever thought about returning to practice, now is the time to do it.

If you have been a registered nurse previously and wish to return to the profession, then you may need to undertake a return to practice programme. The programme is essentially a period of updating your skills and knowledge, so that you can return to work in nursing and become re-registered.

To ensure that returning to nursing is as simple as possible for you, return to practice programmes have been refreshed across the country so that you can enjoy a supportive, flexible and varied learning experience.

There are six partner universities in the east of England who support returners to get back into practice.  For more information about your local programme, see the contact details for each university below.

The courses will take approximately three months to complete, although some people may take longer depending on clinical placement hours required, length of time out of practice and length of time previously in practice. 

How is the course funded?

Funding for your course will be provided by Health Education England and the fees will be paid straight to the university at which you will be studying.

Additionally Health Education England will provide a small amount of funding to your placement provider and will also pay a bursary of £500 to you to help support you through your studies.

How do I apply?

Visit the national Come Back to Nursing website for more information


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Experienced nurses who want to come back to the profession have much to offer patients, employers and society. Coming back to the profession has never been easier with courses and training on hand to ease the transition and build skills. 

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