Are you thinking of returning to practice?
In order for nurses to remain registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) they must complete a minimum of 450 hours in practice and at least 35 hours of learning activity relevant to your practice over a period of three years (NMC 2011).
Nurses, who are unable to achieve this -usually due to a career break – will need to undertake a return to practice course which has been validated by the NMC.
Royal Surrey County Hospital works in conjunction with University of Surrey to offer a limited number of places.
This course is split into two parts; 75 – 150 hours is spent in practice being assessed by a sign off mentor and 13 study days at the University.
Were you a EN or RN?
You must have previously been an Enrolled or Registered Nurse. Nurses returning to practice for whom English is a second language must have evidence of passing an international Language Testing System( IELTS) achieving a minimum score of 7.0
How long since you last practiced?
If you have been off the NMC register for 5 years or more you are required to work 150 hours (paid) as a health care assistant.
Previous Return to Practice nurses have said that although initially they found it hard to be asked to work as a Health Care Assistant the experience of working in this role greatly improved their confidence and highlighted any areas they needed to work on before they were in the position of being assessed on the course.
Apply to join the RSCH bank
To apply contact Joyce May at:
or telephone 01483 406838
Please apply to the bank prior to securing a place on the course.
This will ensure all security checks are in place once you have been interviewed and are ready to work the required 150 hours.
In nursing and midwifery all pre- registration students and nurses seeking re-registration with the NMC are taught , supported and assessed in practice by registered nurses / midwives. The final judgement for entry onto the register is made by a sign off mentor. This is an experienced mentor that has undergone further development.
During the return to practice course you will be allocated a sign off mentor. You may possibly also be allocated a mentor. This may be the same person. It is recommended that you work as many shifts as possible with the sign off mentor to enable a smooth assessment process.