Return to Practice

Short Course - 30 credits at SCQF level 9

This short course is designed to help nurses and midwives including those with Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) qualifications return to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register. You will spend a period of time preparing to return to practice before embarking on a suitable clinical placement.

Has your NMC registration lapsed, and you want to return to work as a nurse or midwife?

This Return To Practice course commences with a 7-week theory block of mainly online content. This 7-week block will be the equivalent of full time study. There will be mandatory face-face to sessions involving skills such as basic life support and moving and handling. It is envisaged that these will be provided by your own health board where practicable. 

You will then undertake a period of clinical placement which will be in an area within your local health board or private healthcare provider. 

There are two application routes available; apply individually via email or through collaborative employment with your relevant health board or private health care provider.

This course has multiple study options
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Mode of Attendance

  • Blended

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Start Date

September 2022

Course Length

7-week theory plus placement

Mode of Attendance

  • Blended

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date

September 2022

Course Length

7-week theory plus placement

This short course will enable you to meet the NMC professional requirements. The theoretical content will be focussed on preparing you for clinical practice and includes mandatory content in both face-to-face and online formats. You will receive instruction on academic study skills as we are aware it may have been some time since you last studied. Other areas of study include; professional aspects of health care, clinical skills, numeracy and contemporary care delivery.

You will undertake a period of clinical placement which will be in an area within your local health board or private healthcare provider. 



The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Online Learning

The teaching and learning activities will be provided online using our virtual learning environment CampusMoodle. Face-to-face sessions for academic study are optional and the same material will be provided online. You will be expected to attend mandatory face-to-face induction content such as moving and handling and basic life support. 


Students will be assessed through a Written Assignment, including essay and a Portfolio.

Independent Study

The full-time study in the first 7 weeks includes independent study about the clinical area you are assigned to and your own individual learning needs. You will complete a learning action plan designed to guide your own studies.

Staff Delivering on This Course

The teaching staff comprises of midwives, nurses from all fields of the register and those with SCPHN registration. .


Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support


After completing the 7-week theory block, you will undertake a period of clinical placement which will be in an area within your local health board or private healthcare provider. This would normally be 150-450 hours which can be completed full or part time, however more hours can be negotiated depending on individual need. These can be achieved on a full or part-time basis. Longer hours may be required if you are returning to the nursing or midwifery register and SCPHN.

Job Prospects

Successful completion of the course will enable you to re-register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and resume your professional nursing or midwifery career.


Closing Date - 6 June 2022


You will have previously held registration with the NMC, which has now lapsed


For Academic Year 2022/2023

  • £1,420 for entire course

For Academic Year 2021/2022

  • £1,380 for entire course

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

Student Funding

Course fees can be claimed from NHS Education for Scotland (NES) if undertaking the collaborative employment model route.


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:


Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Practice Professional Development Team and we'll do out best to help.

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