Return to Practice

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Return to Practice is designed to support returning healthcare professions utilise their skills and knowledge to provide high quality patient care. There are a huge range of programmes that support different healthcare professionals return to practice: see below for some more information.

Return to practice initiatives vary depending on the area and NHS organisations, with these initiatives supporting thousands to return to the workforce. The national programme is currently run by Health Education England, with individual NHS organisations responsible for utilising their teams and networks in supporting people back to the workforce.

Return to Nursing

Nurses can be of great value to their patients and communities when they choose to return to service.

To return to practice, there are three ways to achieve this:

Readmission

  • 450 practice hours over the last three years, or 750 hours over the last five
  • 35 hours of continuing professional development in the past three years
  • To provide three character references

Return to Practice Course

  • This course can take between 3 and 12 months to complete, dependent on the amount of time you have been out of practice

NMC Test of Competence

  • The NMC Test of Competence is made up of two parts:
  • A multiple-choice computer based test (CBT)
  • A practice test known as the Objective structured clinical examination (OSCE)

Return to the HCPC Register

Returning to the HCPC register, for those in psychologist, scientists and allied health professional roles, is easy. Information on this can be found here.

Return to Midwifery

Returning to midwifery can be a fulfilling and satisfying career choice. There are three main ways to return to practice:

Readmission

  • 450 practice hours over the last three years, or 750 hours over the last five
  • 35 hours of continuing professional development in the past three years
  • To provide three character references

Return to Practice Course

  • This course can take between 3 and 12 months to complete, dependent on the amount of time you have been out of practice. This route is more appropriate for those who have not practiced for a long period of time.

NMC Test of Competence

  • The NMC Test of Competence is made up of two parts:
  • A multiple-choice computer based test (CBT)
  • A practice test known as the Objective structured clinical examination (OSCE)