Return to Practice (RtP)

To meet the current challenges faced in General Practice, the capacity and capability of the primary care workforce must be developed and in particular those of the General Practice Nurse (GPN). However, most of these skills are not part of pre-registration nurse training, nor are they found in nurses working in other settings.

The ‘Return to Practice’ course has been implemented to enable nurses who have allowed their registration to lapse to ‘come back to nursing’ no matter where their previous experience was achieved. You do not have to have been a GP practice nurse in a prior role. The programme is currently funded by Health Education England as part of the national project. A small bursary will be awarded to assist with expenses. If you would like to know further details please contact Maggie Coates (Programme Lead) at Northumbria University        Tel: 0191 2156239

During the programme (usually 6 months duration) students are required to Northumbria University 1 day per week and a minimum of 15 hours per week in clinical practice until they achieve required NMC hours. They can then be “signed off” by a suitable mentor. The clinical placement will be arranged by the university. As part of the programme, students have a University Guidance Tutor responsible for supporting them.For further information regarding this route back into nursing and application details, please use the following link: