Return to Practice Nursing


Thinking of returning to nursing? Your skills and experience are needed more than ever before, and there has never been a better time to return to nursing — it is easier than you might think. Here at Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust we are happy to support your return to practice. We offer clinical placements, support and mentoring to help you develop the skills and competencies you need to get back on the adult or child branch of the nursing register. 

Return to practice programme

The Return to Practice Programme prepares you for re-entry into the professional register and is an essential requirement for returning to nursing and regaining registration. The programme will refresh your skills, leaving you ready to return to nursing with confidence. It involves a combination of classroom and placement-based learning, so you can get stuck in right from the start.

Who is the Programme Suitable for?

The Return to Practice programme offers nurses with a lapsed registration an opportunity to become active again on the NMC register with a view that this will lead to employment as a registered nurse.

Programmes available in London: How do I apply?

Led by supportive tutors, assessors and supervisors, there are 4 University programmes available across London, all created to refresh your nursing skills so that you’re ready to return to practice. Please click on the links below to be taken to the University websites to find out more about the programmes and how to apply:

Here at Kingston Hospital, we work primarily with Kingston University. 

We have a long history of supporting student placements with our neighbour, Kingston University, though we will accept placements from other academic institutions if feasible. We are able to support placements for adult nursing, children’s nursing and midwifery.

If you are looking to return to a specific field of Nursing, such as Mental Health Nursing, Child Nursing, or Learning Disability Nursing, please contact the University to ensure they offer the programme you require.

Financial support for your studies

You won’t just be emotionally supported, you’ll be financially supported too. NHS Health Education England (HEE) will provide funding towards your course fees. You’ll also either be given a bursary to help cover any childcare, travel and book costs, or you will be paid a salary, depending on the route you take to return.

Key Contacts

If you would like to find out more information about returning to practice, please email:

khft.rtpswl@nhs.net

returntopractice.london@hee.nhs.uk

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