Return to Nursing Practice SCQF level 9 : SCQF 30 credits

Return to Nursing Practice

1. Overview

NHS Grampian, NHS Orkney, NHS Shetland and BMI Health Care are working collaboratively with Robert Gordon University to facilitate nurses whose registration has lapsed to return to practice. You can also do this course independently as a student through RGU.

We are providing a short course which will allow you to re-join the Nursing and Midwifery register and return to your field of practice in a safe and confident manner.

We accept applicant’s from adult, child and mental health. For Learning Disability nurses we have a different approach, please email Kate Goodhand for information

2. What you will study

You will be prepared for academic university life and clinical areas. You will study mandatory topics, such as moving and handling and numeracy; that will allow a smooth transition back to the workplace. An added benefit to the course is that you will take part in a nationally recognised ALERT course; this encourages identification and care of a deteriorating patient. You will gain valuable skills with support of:

  • Evidence based practice
  • Library and study skills
  • Reflective practice and action planning.

Health and Safety mandatory requirements including relevant legislation for:

  • Fire safety
  • Moving and handling
  • Basic life support
  • Violence and aggression
  • Risk assessment
  • Child and vulnerable adult protection

A range of clinical skills and competencies that include:

  • Medicine management
  • Safe calculation of medicine doses
  • Care compassion and communication
  • Organizational aspects of care
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Nutrition and fluid management

See the module descriptor for more information

3. How you will learn

The module will be delivered by blended learning and will include online theory, 6 mandatory face to face study days and a period in clinical practice. The placement in clinical practice will be a minimum of 300 hours for an individual whose registration has lapsed for less than 12 years; over 12 years is 450 hours. These clinical hours can be achieved on a full or part time basis.

4. Entry Requirements

Evidence of previous NMC registration on part 1 of the register. PVG clearance and occupational health and immunisation screening.

5. Placements and Accreditations

7 weeks full-time or 14 weeks part-time theory.

Normally, for students with a lapse of registration up to 12 years, the requirement is to undertake at least 300 practice hours over an 8 week period.  For students with a lapse of registration of more than 12 years, the requirement is to undertake at least 450 practice hours over a 12 week period.

The expectation is to complete a 37.5 hour week which will include 12 hour shifts, weekend and night duty, a minimum of 2 night shifts, up to a maximum of 4 night shifts within the 8 week period. Part time clinical practice can be arranged on an individual basis.

6. Student Funding

Funding to cover the course fee can be applied for from NHS Education for Scotland.

The terms and conditions are available on the NES website. We provide you with a funding application form once you commence the course.

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2018/2019

All Students

  • £1340 .


Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


8. How to apply

If you would like to find out more about this module, please contact Kate Goodhand, who will be happy to discuss your individual requirements:
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 262965

To apply, there are 3 routes you may take:

  1. Apply directly to Grampian/ Orkney/Shetland/BMI Healthcare. The application form will be made available on their vacancies website in due course. This collaborative model between RGU and NHSG will mean that whilst you carry out your placement you will be paid as a band 2 and on successful completion you will be placed in a substantive band 5 post, normally where you undertook your placement. In addition you can apply for funds to  pay for the course from NHS Education for Scotland (NES), see their website for terms and conditions.
  2. Apply direct to RGU and apply for NES funding to pay for your course.
  3. Apply direct to RGU and self-fund.

For an application pack, please email:

9. Prospects

On successful completion students will be able to return to NMC register.

NHS Grampian, NHS Orkney, NHS Shetland and BMI Health Care are working collaboratively with RGU to encourage nurses back to the workplace. This unique opportunity means that you will be paid as a band 2 whilst you undertake your placement and take permanent employment in a substantive post once the course is successfully completed.

You can also do the course as an RGU only student. Please see the How to apply section. 

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SCQF level 9 : SCQF 30 credits

Start Date

February and September

Course Length

15 weeks (minimum)

Mode of Attendance


Academic School
School of Nursing and Midwifery
More Information:
Mrs. Kate Goodhand Adult Lecturer / Teaching Fellow
+44 (0)1224 262965