This module will enable returners to renew their registration. The returner will re-enter registered practice with up-to-date competence, current skills and confidence in order to maintain safe and effective standards of patient and client care.
The module has two elements to it, academic and practice. The Return to Practice for Nursing (RTP) module runs three time per year, January, May and September. The module runs for twelve weeks, one day per week, normally on a Tuesday on the Falmer Campus. The practice element of the module is a placement which is sourced for the returner, which has an educational audit, a sign off mentor and capacity to support learners. All returners will be required to do a minimum of 100 hours in a clinical placement. The placement offers an opportunity to up-date skills and meet the requirements of the NMC and the Return to Practice programme. The sign-off mentor will be allocated to you if order to facilitate your return to the nursing register.
The School of health Sciences works in partnership with our practice colleagues. NHS placements are allocated by NHS Practice Education Facilitators after discussions with the module leader. If the returner requires an NHS placement, please be aware that NHS trusts require returners to have current health care experience prior to offering a placement.
On submission of your online application, you must provide two recent references and copy your NMC statement of entry of lapse (can be obtained from the NMC website) is required before the closing date. Once you have submitted your online application, your referees will be automatically contacted to supply a reference for you. Please note we will be unable to make a decision on your application until these references have been received. Please ensure you have contacted your referee beforehand and they are willing to provide a reference for you. Your application will not be processed without the above criteria.
Closing date for applications for January is 31 September.
Closing date for applications for May is 31January.
Closing date for applications for September is 31 May.
If you would like an informal chat with the module leader, Practice partners and existing and past students please book on to attend one of our module celebrations by emailing RtPNursing@brighton.ac.uk.
The module is for those nurses who have qualified as a nurse in the United Kingdom and to have previously registered with the NMC and have done less than 450 hours of practice in the last three years, and for those nurses from the European Union who have their qualification accepted by the NMC with a decision letter from the NMC with a requirement to do a Return to Practice module.
Applicants are interviewed by practice colleagues using values based multiple mini interviews. Part of the interview process is to assess numeracy and literacy. An example of a numeracy paper is available.
Following a successful interview, the applicant needs a current disclosure and barring scheme (DBS) and Occupational Health check before a placement can be accessed. This will be organised via enrolment onto the module.
The module provides 20 credits at level 6. These credits may be put towards the Professional Practice BSc (Hons), thus motivating nurses in ongoing learning and research towards personal and professional development.
Module subject areas
There will be a variety of subjects covered with a focus on changes in health care including the use of IT. Sessions will be in the classroom setting with a student-centred approach to learning and where the environment will encourage discussion and reflection and integration of theory and practice.
The clinical placement will align to the field of practice which the nurse returns. The University of Brighton offers a return to adult, mental health, child, and learning disability nursing dependant on placement availability.
On successful completion of the Return to Practice module, the nurse will be eligible to renew their registration with the NMC and return to nursing as a registered nurse. Whilst the module does not guarantee employment most returnees have been successful in gaining employment soon after completion of the module.