If you were a registered nurse but have had a break from your career, you will need to meet a number of requirements to re-register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
This will include completing a number of practice hours. If you have not completed the required number of practice hours, you will have to complete an approved Return to Practice (RTP) programme before making an application to rejoin the register.
Return to Practice Nursing is a seven-week part time course plus assignment and classroom time. It is an integrated theory and practice module, which is run in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
It meets the regulatory requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Return to Practice Programme and is approved by NHS Education Scotland (NES). Students undertake theory in three units and one clinical placement of four weeks which has 30 hours per week of practice to make up the mandatory 120 hours to be able to return to the NMC register.
The theory element of the course is held at Glasgow Caledonian University and the clinical placement will be at an adult acute hospital within Glasgow or other suitable, negotiated placement.
The NMC sets standards and guidance for practice ensuring that nurses and midwives continue to be fit to practise throughout their careers.
The course provides individual nurses with update sessions on clinical topics such as medicine administration, observations and wound care. Other sessions will cover changes in the NHS and nursing practice. There will be time given to reflect on and discuss clinical placements and new developments.
The module is accredited at 30 level 2 Scottish Higher Education (SHE) credits or 30 level 3 SHE credits (SCQF level 8/9).
Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) Department of Health and Community Sciences, in the School of Health and Life Sciences, offers an extensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, many of which are accredited by statutory and professional bodies such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).
The department focuses on advancing practice, innovation and research in the following areas:
• Learning Disability
• Mental Health
• Adult Nursing
• Children’s Nursing
• Social Work
• Community Health
Pursuing excellence in learning, teaching, research and knowledge transfer in the areas of nursing, midwifery, community health and social work, and bringing together academics with interests and expertise in these domains are our primary goals.
Our students have access to a state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Laboratory, used to develop the clinical skills of nurses and ambulance staff. It can also be used to test and develop new medical procedures and assessment techniques. The ward environment includes a nurses’ station and intensive care suite, while audio-visual recorders can monitor proceedings in real time and students can learn by watching recordings of their techniques.
Programme Leader: Marie McAloon, M.McAloon@gcu.ac.uk
Course Administrator: Karen Ward, Karen.Ward@gcu.ac.uk