The Return to Practice course is supported by Health Education England who pay the course fees and support you to get back into a career in nursing. The course provides an opportunity to refresh the necessary skills that are required for nursing today, under the supervision of supportive tutors and mentors.
The course consists of eight study days over a 12-week period.
Key material will be delivered via keynote lectures, on each of the teaching weeks, with follow up exercises and materials available via Blackboard and in small group teaching sessions. The module covers mandatory skills training and will give you the opportunity to practice your skills in the simulated learning environment to increase your confidence.
A minimum of 100 hours of clinical practice is required in a NHS acute primary care trust or general practice setting
Clinical shifts can be from five hours long if required - start and finish times can be negotiated.
Part-time: Eight study days over a twelve week period
School of Nursing
No Partner College
March / October
The course is open to nurses from Adult, Mental Health, Children’s, Learning Disability and GP practice backgrounds.
The NMC validated Certificate to Return to Practice is additionally now able to offer funded places to nurses wishing to develop their career as a practice nurse in general practice. We welcome nurses who have or do not have previous experience in practice nursing.
Furthermore you will have the opportunity to continue your practice nurse education with funded places available on two new ‘General practice nursing’ modules.
This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.
It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
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Education and training to support competent practice in relation to:
Key content themes are:
You will be expected to undertake:
Students will be allocated a Sign-off Mentor in the clinical area who will:
Each student comes with their own experiences and learning needs. Students are encouraged to engage in self-directed study and to utilise their existing skills and experience through directed study activity on line and in practice.
Opportunities for practice learning will be available in clinical skills labs prior to clinical placements.
Each student will be allocated a personal tutor to support personal learning, personal development and reflection on practice.
Additional learning opportunities will be provided via 'eLearn'. In addition to face-to-face contact between student and tutorial staff, support will be available via email.
Students are required to undertake a minimum of 100 hours of supervised clinical practice. This practice must be supervised by a named mentor who will ultimately 'sign-off' successful completion of the required competencies. The work based mentor will have undergone appropriate mentor preparation with the University. Clinical assessment documents will be provided to help students to achieve competencies.
Registration with the Nursing Midwifery Council (Subject to good health and character).
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You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.
For more information on the adult, mental health, children’s or learning disability branches of the course please contact the course leader: Sue Quayle; email: SQuayle2@uclan.ac.uk, Phone: 01772 895095
For the General Practice Nurse route please contact: Gillian Armitage; email: GArmitage@uclan.ac.uk, Phone: 01772 893695
If you are already employed by any of the NHS Trusts linked to the University of Central Lancashire for Pre-registration Nursing (in a non-registered nurse role) contact your local manager or education lead for support to undertake the course and to access placements with your employer.
To make a general enquiry or request an application form, please telephone, email or write to:
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel: 01772 893836/ 3839