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Thinking of returning to nursing? Your skills and experience are needed more than ever before, and there has never been a better time to return to nursing and it is easier than you might think.

The Return to Practice Programme

The Return to Practice Programme prepares you for re-entry into the professional register and is an essential requirement for returning to nursing and regaining registration. The programme will refresh your skills, leaving you ready to return to nursing with confidence. It involves a combination of classroom and placement-based learning, so you can get stuck in right from the start.

Watch this shoer video "Once a nurse, always a nurse", where returners Sharon, Damian and Gertrude speak about their journeys back to nursing.

The Return to Practice programme offers nurses with a lapsed registration an opportunity to become active again on the NMC register with a view that this will lead to employment as a registered nurse. Please read this guide to help you understand the programme.

Watch We Are Returning Nurses (Bridget's story)

How to apply

Led by supportive tutors, assessors and supervisors, there are 4 University programmes available across London, all created to refresh your nursing skills so that you’re ready to return to practice. Please click on the links below to be taken to the University websites to find out more about the programmes and how to apply:

Here at Southwest London & St George’s Mental Health Trust we offer placements at our Springfield and Tolworth Hospital sites, and you will be supported in your placements to achieve all the required proficiencies.

If you are looking to return to a Mental Health Nursing or Learning Disability Nursing, please contact the University to ensure they offer the programme you require.

Financial support for your studies   

You won’t just be emotionally supported; you’ll be financially supported too. NHS Health Education England (HEE) will provide funding towards your course fees. You’ll also either be given a bursary to help cover any childcare, travel, and book costs, or you will be paid a salary, depending on the route you take to return. 

Key Contacts

If you would like to find out more information about returning to practice, please email:

South West London Return to Practice Lead: khft.rtpswl@nhs.net

 The student experience team at Southwest London & St George’s Mental Health Trust: StudentExperience@swlstg.nhs.uk   

Or returntopractice.london@hee.nhs.uk