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GPN Return to Practice Enhanced Offer

Thinking of returning to nursing? Your skills and experience are needed more than ever before, and there has never been a better time to return to nursing and it is easier than you might think.

About the Return to Practice Programme

The Return to Practice Programme prepares you for re-entry into the professional register and is an essential requirement for returning to nursing and regaining registration. The programme will refresh your skills, leaving you ready to return to nursing with confidence. It involves a combination of classroom and placement-based learning, so you can get stuck in right from the start.

Who is the Programme Suitable for?

The Return to Practice programme offers nurses with a lapsed registration an opportunity to become active again on the NMC register with a view that this will lead to employment as a registered nurse.

How do I apply?

Led by supportive tutors, assessors and supervisors, there are 4 University programmes available across London, all created to refresh your nursing skills so that you’re ready to return to practice. Please click on the links below to be taken to the University websites to find out more about the programmes and how to apply:

If you are looking to return to a specific field of Nursing, such as Mental Health Nursing, Child Nursing, or Learning Disability Nursing, please contact the University to ensure they offer the programme you require.

Financial Support

You won’t just be emotionally supported, you’ll be financially supported too. NHS England (formerly Health Education England) will provide funding towards your course fees. You’ll also either be given a bursary to help cover any childcare, travel and book costs, or you will be paid a salary, depending on the route you take to return.

What’s on offer

For Practices – NHS England will provide a financial incentive to GP practices in two ways:

  1. Support package of £2000 per returner to the practice for providing place-based learning and supervision to the returner.

  2. Additional one-off £1000 payment to the practice if the returner gets recruited to the practice as a Practice Nurse following successful completion of the programme and readmission to the NMC register.

For returning Nurses – NHS England will provide support to returners in two ways:

  1. *£1,000 bursary paid to the returner to cover travel and other expenses via the University.

  2. £1,920 tuition fee paid directly to the University. * NB: The £1000 bursary will not be provided to returning nurses who choose to take the Employer led route, as you will be employed by the practice and will therefore receive a salary.

Key Contacts

If you would like to find out more information about returning to practice, please email: