Return to practice - nursing

If you are thinking of coming back to nursing this page is for you!

Return to Practice student Frances Harper

Here at South Tees we actively support nurses who wish to return to practice and we can offer you opportunities in a variety of clinical environments.

Your skills and experience are invaluable and can make a real difference by both increasing the nursing workforce and improving the level of patient care that can be provided.

To ensure that returning to nursing is as simple as possible for you, the return to practice programme has been updated so that you can enjoy a supportive, flexible and varied learning experience.

If you have previously been a registered nurse and wish to return to the profession, you may need to undertake a Return to Practice (RtP) 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.

Nurses who have had a break will need to meet a number of requirements to re-register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).   For more information on revalidation click here .

If you have not met NMC Revalidation requirements you will have to complete an approved RtP programme before making an application to re-join the register.

Please note that if your registration was removed by an NMC fitness to practice panel, you will have to apply for restoration to the register.   Find out more about returning to the NMC register here.

The return to practice programme, delivered by Teesside University

This award enables you to renew your registration with your professional body and re-enter practice with the competence and confidence to provide high-quality care and a safe standard of practice. The course is relevant for all lapsed Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registrants as well as those on the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) register.

Routes to return to practice

Trust specific RtP route via employment You are employed and paid as a Band 3 Healthcare Assistant whilst undertaking the university programme and student hours.  Contact Jula Axford, practice placement facilitator at or 01642 854062 for more information. Apply Now!
Traditional RtP route You undertake the university programme and have a placement within the trust undertaking student hours.

Whichever route you choose in general you can expect:

  • Your course fees to be paid
  • A clinical placement where you have supernumerary status (additional to required staffing levels)
  • Theory and clinical based training
  • Simulation techniques to practice skills
  • Access to a mentor during training
  • Support to find employment
  • Support from a preceptor (mentor)when you have found employment

Hours in practice required

Hours are dependent on how long your registration has been lapsed. The return to practice student is required to complete a minimum number of practice hours in their placement area during which time they are assessed with regard to the approved programme outcomes. The university will advise you about the amount of hours you need to complete to achieve this.

Where could I go on placement?

Here at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust we work closely with the Teesside University to place you in the most appropriate clinical environment to help you achieve your competencies in order for you to regain access the NMC Register. Please see below the list of specialties that we cover:

  • Community care –  obstetrics, paediatrics, neonatology, community (community nursing, community and primary care hospitals) palliative care, care of elderly, respiratory, diabetes, rheumatology, dermatology, medicine
  • Planned care –  general surgery, gynaecology, gastroenterology, urology, trauma and orthopaedics, plastic surgery, ENT and audiology, ophthalmology, OMFS and orthodontics
  • Specialist care –  cardiology, cardiothoracics, vascular, radiotherapy, haematology, infectious diseases, nephrology, oncology, neurosciences
  • Urgent and emergency care – critical care (A&E, HDU, ICU), acute admissions unit, clinical decisions unit, minor injuries, RAFA (rapid access of frailty assessment), ambulatory care

For more information on the different services across the trust click here.

Please note not all areas are available to students. This will be discussed as part of the recruitment process.

What do I do next?

Find out more:

Please contact Jula Axford, practice placement facilitator at or 01642 854062 for more information relating to trust specific RtP route .

If you would like more information about the programme please contact Kay Scott, senior lecturer at or on 01642 384953.