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Return to Practice - information for potential returnees

Find out how easy it is to return to work as a nurse, midwife or health visitor.

Returning to Practice – thinking of returning? Not sure if you are too old, if you have been out of nursing for too long or if you could handle the course? It has never been so easy to return.

Please read the information below, have a look at this “Come Back to Nursing” campaign film and read the stories of people who have returned to practice in the south west.

How to get started

  • If you are someone considering returning to practice, either as a nurse, midwife or health visitor, you will first need to find and secure an RtP vacancy. You may see these advertised on the NHS Jobs website – www.jobs.nhs.uk , advertised locally or you may wish directly with organisations who are supporting RtP in 2016/2017.
  • A set of questions frequently asked questions from potential returnees has been jointly developed by HEE in the south west and local universities. They may help to answer many of your questions and we hope you will find useful.
  • If successful at interview with the employer and university, a place on a RtP course will be confirmed (see dates below) and your journey back can start.

Programme start dates – 2017/18

The programme dates for 2017/18 will be added as soon as they are set.


  • HEE will fund the RtP course fee in the south west.
  • HEE will pay the returnee support funding in the south west (see below). This will be distributed by the employer and in the south west HEE will pay 50% at the start of the programme and 50% at the midpoint of the programme. The amounts per returnee are:
    • RtP Nurse – £1,000 support funding
    • RtP Midwife – £500 support funding;
    • RtP Health Visitor – £500 support funding

People return to practice as nurses and midwives may also be eligible for support from the Cavell Nurses' Trust. If you are a qualified nurse with three years or more post registration experience in the UK, undertaking a RtP course and as a result find yourself in financial hardship, have less than £4,000 in savings then the trust may be able to assist with a one-off award towards your daily living expenses. Visit https://www.cavellnursestrust.org/grants to apply or find out more.

Contact information:

If you have any queries regarding RtP then please contact ReturntoPractice.SW@hee.nhs.uk


This Page was last updated on: 4 July 2016

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