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.

Pre-requisites information

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.

Next steps


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.


Organise a placement

In order to apply for the course you will need to firstly discuss the possibility of a placement. There are only a limited number of places available. Please contact:

 Deanna Hodge

Learning Environment Lead  01483 571122 ext. 4835.

A detailed C.V. of your professional experiences and any work since leaving the profession will also help with your application.


Apply to the University of Surrey

Click on the links below to Download the information leaflets:

 Return to practice flyer

Return to practice qualifications map


Apply for funding

Currently, Health Education Kent Surrey and Sussex are offering some funding towards return to practice courses for those nurses wishing to work within the NHS.


Placement information

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.

Telephone Deanna Hodge 01483 571122 ext. 4835

Send detailed CV to

If advised that placement is available, complete application forms.

Joint interview with the University and Royal Surrey

If you have been off the NMC register for more than 5 years you must work 150 hours of HCA work in an acute trust.

Sign honorary contract.

Commence course.

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