There is an increasing demand for nurses in the UK and Glasgow Caledonian University’s Return to Practice course has been developed to allow you to refresh your skills and return to nursing (all fields of practice) and midwifery.

If you are one of the hundreds of nurses or midwives who previously left the sector, this is your opportunity to find the confidence and make the connections to get back to the career you loved. Choose to return to nursing practice and midwifery with Glasgow Caledonian University and benefit from our unique experience:

  • all fields of nursing practice including adult, child, mental health, learning disability and health visiting
  • midwifery
  • a practice learning experience in either NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Western Isles, Ayrshire and Arran, Lanarkshire, Dumfries and Galloway and Forth Valley.
  • opportunities to undertake a placement local to you
  • ideal location as only provider in Glasgow
  • government funding availability
  • an opportunity for you to bring your wealth of experience back into the profession

The aim of this programme is to comprehensively prepare you for re-registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). It gives you the opportunity to return to the register and gain more practical experience through placement opportunities across Scotland. The module aims to update your knowledge and the skills required of a registered nurse working in nursing practice.

The University’s learning environment provides a blend of online and face-to-face teaching and a state-of-the-art inter-professional simulation suite. These will not only build your confidence; they will also enhance your previous nursing skills.

We are developing our exciting new programme to meet the new Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) standards and hope to have our new programme approved by the NMC in October 2020. Successful completion of the programme will lead to permanent employment in a substantive post by the NHS Board. We will be accepting application forms for our January 2021 programme around August 2020.

  1. You will be recruited to the programme jointly between the University and the NHS Boards
  2. The new programme will have a limited number of Scottish Government funded places and you will be employed by the NHS Board on a temporary contract throughout the return to practice programme and paid at an Agenda for Change, Band 2
  3. You will complete a total of 300 or 450 hours of practice which will be dependent on the length of your lapse of registration and will be discussed individually with each candidate
  4. The practice learning hours you complete each week can be flexible, full time or part time, but must be a minimum of 22.5 hours per week up to a maximum of 37.5 hours per week
  5. You will remain a supernumerary member of staff and be working in the capacity of a student nurse
  6. There will be theoretical study days with a blended learning approach.

 Please note: All of the information is subject to change and is dependent upon NMC approval.


Register your interest

Dear Candidate

Thank you very much for your enquiry relating to the return to practice (RTP) nursing or return to practice midwifery programme at Glasgow Caledonian University. Whilst we will be delivering an approved RTP programme from January 2021, the programme is under review in order to meet new Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) standards for return to practice programmes. The newly designed programme will continue to attract Scottish Government funding and promises to be an exciting programme which will enable you to fulfil your aspirations to be readmitted to the NMC Register and will be available for all fields of nursing and midwifery.

It is important that you have full details of the new RTP programme prior to making an application and therefore we would be grateful if you can register your interest until the application form becomes available. When the application form becomes available we will contact you by email with programme information and a link to the application form which we envisage will be around August 2020.

We will be back in touch unless you let us know that you do not wish us to keep your contact details on file

Register your interest

Already registered? For those who have already registered their interest, we will be emailing you in the next few weeks.

I graduated in 2007 and took a gap year. It turned out to be a very long gap year but I was always pining for nursing. I’ve come back and I am a lot more mature, with some life experience, having seen some incredible things, and I wanted to bring that back to the NHS.

Pete, BSc Nursing graduate
Entry requirements

An application needs to be completed and include a copy of your Statement of Entry, confirming your entry on the NMC register to reassure that you have a lapse of registration. Any NMC conditions from the regulator’s perspective, if relevant, should be included within your application and would not necessarily prevent you from undertaking the course. You can gain a copy of their Statement of Entry by registering with the NMC online.

Fees and funding

Funding will be available to cover course fees and placement hours for a limited number of students.

What you will study

The length and nature of the practice learning within the Return to Practice programme will be determined by the education provider and yourself; taking into account:

  • registration history
  • previous levels of knowledge and experience,
  • any relevant experience undertaken whilst out of professional practice (to be discussed during interview.)

There will be one taught module for all fields of nursing, namely, adult, adult health visiting, mental health, learning disability, child, midwifery and midwifery health visiting.

How you will be assessed

You will be required to complete a 750-word formative assessment plus:

  • 3000-word summative essay
  • Scottish Practice Assessment document (PAD) with a pass grade