Return to Practice

University of the West of England, Bristol
Delivery Method: Face-to-face

Provision of Return to Practice has recently changed to an employer led model with places commissioned by Health Education South West (HeSW).

In conjunction with The University of the West of England, healthcare organisations such as NHS Trusts, GP practices and independent providers will be supporting Nurses and Health Visitors to return to practice, with the potential of employment on successful completion of the programme.

Please see the UWE course page for FAQs for potential returnees and employers.

Course content includes:

  • Professional Values:
    • Policies and regulations that drive and influence care delivery
    • Research awareness and Evidence Based Practice
    • Ethical practice
    • Reflective practice.
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills:
    • Evaluation of care delivery
    • Interprofessional working
    • Compassion in care.
  • Nursing Practice and Decision Making:
    • Primary Care, Secondary Care & Tertiary care
    • Public health
    • Patient Safety and the identification of unsafe practice
    • Medicines and Management
    • Assessment tools
    • Safeguarding patients (Adults, children and families) raising concerns
    • Infection prevention and control
    • Basic Life Support (Adult and Paediatric)
    • Manual Handling
    • Action Planning.
  • Leadership, Management and Team Working:
    • Self-awareness in learning and development needs
    • Teaching and supporting others
    • Questioning of evidence.

Watch the Return to Practice promotional video.


The programme has six face to face study days which are spread out throughout the duration of the programme. From January 2018, a Return to Practice for GP Nurses is also available - in addition to the six study days, four workshops focusing on clinical skills specific to primary care are included.

A bursary is available through HESW to support your study and associated costs and this is £1,000 for nurses and £500 for health visitors and midwives. Please see the UWE course page for information on the application process and registration pathways for this course.

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