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Return to practice

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Returning healthcare professionals are often very experienced and have a great deal to offer both patients and to CLCH. Both the NMC and HCPC give a clear steer of what returnees need to undertake in order to be readmitted onto the respective registers. For both professional bodies returnees are those that have let their registration lapse. This page provides more more information about what is involved but if you have any further questions or know of anyone interested in returning to practice please contact Tracy Stevenson, Head of Academy via email tracystevenson@nhs.net

Resources

 

AHP

RTP is open for all HCPC registrants who have been off the register for 2 or more years, or for those who did not register within 5 years of qualification. The HCPC states that the following is required (1 days = 7 hours)

Time out of practice

Number of days

2 – 5 years

30

5 years or more

60

The period of updating can be made up of any combination of supervised practice, formal study and private study. The only requirement is that private study must not make up more than 50% of the period.

Nurses

Once a nurse, always a nurse

For me - being a nurse is everything. My dad died when I was 16 following a long illness and since that day, it’s all I have ever wanted. I would watch the nurses that looked after him and think that I wanted to be just like them one day. It means I go home at the end of every day feeling like I have made a difference to someone’s life. There isn’t a single day where I wake up and don’t want to come to work because every day is so challenging and so different. I’m not going to lie, its stressful and sometimes upsetting and frustrating but the rewarding feeling I get makes up for that. Training to be a nurse was one of the best decisions I ever made, not only because of the life its given me but also because of all the friends I have made over the years. Nurses in my eyes are one of a kind and unless you are one, you will never understand that feeling or understand the importance of  that support you give one another.

Considering what it means to be a nurse I can think of what patients have said, what I want when I am a patient and how relatives cope seeing their loved ones in 'pain'.

For me being a nurse is a form of identity it is a set of values I live & work with.

Florence Nightingale said that nursing was like an art, and like an artist you need to get your paints & canvas ready,  I like the concept that you can be a nurse but to nurse someone you need the tools just like an artist.

 

FAQ for nursing

I have been out of practice for a while

The return to practice course is open to all, regardless of how long you have been out of practice. The course will update you on any new developments in nursing and you will have support and mentoring throughout.

Do I need to retrain?

If your registration has lapsed, you’ll either complete a NMC approved return to practice course which takes between 3-12 months or undertake a test of competence.

Courses

There are RtP nursing courses across England but CLCH will be working with the University of Brighton as they offer both nursing and SCPHN.

The amount of retraining you require depends on how long you have been out of practice. The longer the period, the more practice hours you will need to complete but we are here to support you through the process.  All course fees will be paid by the NHS.

Test of competence

The test of competence is made up of:

  • A multiple-choice computer based test (CBT)
  • A practical test known as the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

You can apply through the NMC website where you’ll also find materials and reading to help you prepare. There is a cost for taking the test and the NHS will pay this, but you may have to pay up front. You can then claim reimbursement once you have registered with the NMC and are in employment with us here at CLCH.

Can I work flexibly?

Flexible working for nurses is an option but while undertaking your RtP programme you need to commit to a minimum of 22.5 hours/week.

How long will the course be?

The return to practice programme generally takes 3 months to complete and is a combination of classroom and placement-based learning. The hours you spend on placement will vary, depending on how long you have been out of practice.

SCPHN

One a health visitor, always a health visitor
Being a Health Visitor is an honour, working with families, being able to identify needs early and improving health and wellbeing is such a unique role. It's also about preventing ill health and preventing inequalities. Each day is exciting, varied and challenging.

Once a school nurse, always a school nurse

Being a school nurse isn’t just about seeing children and young people for health concerns. For me, it is being able to support them through their journey in life to achieve good health, to provide them with information and support, enabling and empowering children and young people to take charge of their health. To see the world through their eyes, to really understand their needs yet being able to support them in a professional manner. You are not just a nurse, as a school nurse you are also an educator in many aspects. Being a school nurse is so very rewarding; to see young people make the right decision through your advice is pure happiness.

I have been out of practice for a while

The return to practice course is open to all, regardless of how long you have been out of practice. The course will update you on any new developments in nursing and you will have support and mentoring throughout.

Do I need to retrain?

If your registration has lapsed, you’ll need to complete a NMC approved return to practice course which takes between 3-6 months.

Courses

There are RtP nursing courses across England  but CLCH will be working with the University of Brighton as they offer both nursing and SCPHN. The amount of retraining you require depends on how long you are out of practice. The longer you have been out of practice, the more practice hours you will need to complete but we are here to support you through the process. The NHS will pay your course fees. All SCPHN returnees will initially have to undertake a return to practice programme in their original field of registration. Currently we can only support those SCPHN who initially trained as either an adult or child nurse. Following completion of this component you will then undertake your SCPHN return to practice. Both components need to be successfully passed in order for you to practice as a SCPHN.

Can I work flexibly?

Flexible working for SCPHN is an option but while undertaking your RtP programme you need to commit to a minimum of 22.5 hours/week.

How long will the course be?

The return to practice programme generally takes 3 months to complete and is a combination of classroom and placement-based learning. The hours you spend on placement will vary, depending on how long you have been out of practice.

How will my course be funded and will it lead to a job at CLCH?

Many organisations now offer RtP placements that lead to a permanent position, and that is our intention here at CLCH.

Here at CLCH we offer an employer-led return to practice programme, where you are employed as a return to practice nurse, on band 4, and are guaranteed a post once you have successfully completed the programme. Keep an eye on NHS Jobs for return to practice nursing opportunities here at CLCH.

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