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Return to Practice - Nursing

Inspired by the idea of returning to nursing? Still committed to care and compassion?

March 2020 - COVID-19 update

Thank you for your interest in returning to practice.

All requests are managed centrally through our portal. We need to decide if we can welcome you back as a registered nurse or much needed Clinical Support Worker / Healthcare Assistant.

Please visit the NMC website for more information.

Currently they are only seeking to put people back on the register who lapsed their registration within the last three years.
If you feel this is you, please do apply using the link.

The Trust has a portal for staff to apply to work during this crisis - please use the links below:

Call for nursing staff, including non-registered roles

Call for support service staff including Admin and Clerical

'Return to Practice' campaign

"Once you're a nurse, you're always a nurse; that doesn't change. It's something that's inside you."

If you've ever thought about returning to practice, now is the time to do it.

Apply to Return to Practice now!

'Return to Practice' — a video by Oxford Brookes University's faculty of Health and Life Sciences

The Health Education England 'Return to Practice' campaign encourages and supports nurses and midwives with lapsed NMC registration back to the profession.

Return to Practice website -

The Return to Practice programme offers nurses and midwives previously registered with the NMC supported training to rebuild their confidence and competence:

  • Adult nursing
  • Children's nursing
  • Midwifery

Mental health opportunities are available with our colleagues at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

The advantages of Return to Practice at Oxford University Hospitals include the following.

  • University course fees paid
  • Support in finding a clinical placement
  • Theory and clinical-based training
  • Dedicated sign-off mentor
  • Clinical Supervision support sessions
  • Simulation techniques to practise skills
  • Preceptorship support

In early 2018 we launched our seconded route into Return to Practice. Oxford University Hospitals will employ you as a Band 3 clinical support worker in a supportive clinical placement.

Acceptance on to this programme guarantees you a place on the Oxford Brookes University Return to Practice course in either the September or January cohort.

You will be supported in practice by your team to complete your course, and will then convert from a Band 3 to a Band 5 qualified nurse.

Details will be published on NHS Jobs - please visit this page for updates.

Return to Practice Programme

Working with Oxford Brookes University's Return to Practice team, we offer support during their 15 week course.

The course is a mixture of nursing theory and practice, aiming to rebuild your competence and confidence. In practice we will support you with a 12 week placement that builds on your previous experience and looks towards your future career aims.

During your placement you will be supported by a sign-off mentor to meet the clinical competence required for NMC re-registration.

For further information about the Return to Practice course at Oxford Brookes University, please get in touch:


Contact us

If you are interested in returning to practice, and would like to work at Oxford University Hospitals, please contact us.

Hayley Harvey, Learning Environment Lead

We do also support students from other universities on their Return to Practice courses. Please contact us directly to arrange this.

Further information

For further insight into life as a Return to Practice nurse, please see the videos below, produced by our staff with Oxford Brookes Health and Life Sciences.


Videos from Health Education England

All videos are on YouTube.