Return to Practice

This Return to Practice course offers an excellent opportunity if you have previously fulfilled the role of a registered nurse to return to the profession.

It also supports those unable to meet practice hours to fulfil the NMC requirements for revalidation, to remain on the register.

This course offers an excellent opportunity for those who previously fulfilled the role of a registered nurse to return to the profession and build on previous experience to once again be in a position to lead and manage effective person centred care. The course will also support those who wish to remain on the register as a nurse to fulfil the NMC requirements for revalidation if they have practiced for fewer than 750 hours in the previous 5 years or 450 hours in the previous 3 years. The course will enable the student to develop, refresh and enhance knowledge, skills, professional values and proficiencies required of a registered nurse to re enter or remain on the NMC professional register within their intended field of practice

Successful completion of the course provides eligibility to apply and be re-entered or to remain on the NMC register in one of the four fields of nursing; Adult, Child, Learning Disabilities or Mental Health. 

2020/21 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2021
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 1 Year January Glyntaff A
N/A Part-time 1 Year March Glyntaff A
N/A Part-time 1 Year September Glyntaff A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2022
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
N/A Part-time 1 Year March Glyntaff A

The general and professional content of the course detailed below will be applied to each field of nursing practice.

On line learning units such as  clinical skills, medicine dosage calculations ,mandatory training skills, safeguarding , health promotion

Core mandatory skills to include:

  • Basic Life Support
  • Management of challenging behaviour including de-escalation, violence and aggression.
  • Universal precautions
  • Infection prevention and control, antimicrobial stewardship and resistance, Aseptic, Non Touch Technique (ANTT)
  • Manual handling
  • MECC

 

Other topics covered on this course include:

  • The NMC Code (2018), accountability, the duty of candour, raising concerns, whistleblowing, legal & ethical duties and standards of care.
  • Autonomy, advocacy, empowering people, supporting service user choice, informed consent, capacity, facilitating decision-making.
  • Care, compassion, communication, kindness, empathy and warmth, revisiting  core professional values.
  • Developing effective communication and relationship management skills (Annexe A).
  • Developing nursing procedural skills to deliver safe and effective practice (Annex B).
  • Developing effective literacy, digital and technological literacy and numeracy skills for safe and effective practice.
  • Preparation for practice learning and the assessment of practice – requirements of the PAD.
  • Appraising and applying a variety of theoretical and research evidence to support evidence based practice
  • Developing reflective practice, critical self-appraisal and action planning to develop life long learning
  • Promoting health and preventing ill health, locally, nationally and globally.
  • Signposting of relevant information to empower service users and carers to understand and make decisions about health, illness and life choices.
  • Caring for the deteriorating and critically ill child and adult client / Caring for a client in crisis / NEWS and EWES.
  • Role of the multi-professional team in care delivery.
  • Physical, psychological and emotional impact of living with and caring for a family member with a long term condition.
  • Palliation and end of life care.
  • Pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and medicines management, and professional responsibilities .
  • Assessing and managing risk, across a range of care settings.
  • Theories of leadership and management.
  • Developing the knowledge and skills to be a Practice Supervisor.

Teaching

Currently this is a changing landscape with due consideration of social distancing requirements and Welsh Government guidance and access to campus. The course will be delivered using a blended learning approach, consisting of: l

  • live – online sessions – synchronous activities, scheduled for a Thursday.
  • guided asynchronous activities that you can study at any point during the week.
  • Regular discussions with your Personal Tutor reflecting on your development
  • Feedback in relation to assessed elements of the course
  • Clinical Simulation Centre provides an opportunity to revisit professional issues and application of knowledge and development of proficiency.
  • Hydra Minerva Simulation offers an immersive learning opportunity to contextualise and apply theories to practical, authentic scenarios and to enhance decision making and rationale for decisions. This can be experienced via a virtual environment . 

Within practice placement:

  • Students will receive feedback from Practice Supervisors, Practice Assessors, Academic Assessors, service users, families and carers when in the practice learning environment. Practice based feedback is detailed in the PAD

Support

You will be allocated a Personal Tutor to offer support and guidance with all aspects of the course. Your Personal Tutor will also offer you academic supervision to help you prepare for your theoretical assessments.

During 450 hours of practice learning students will have supernumerary status and will be supported by a Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessor. The Personal Tutor will also have the role of Academic Assessor. The nominated Practice and Academic Assessors will collaborate to determine whether the student has met all the necessary requirements to recommend the students completion of the course

Assessment

The course team  will provide formative feedback throughout especially during live online sessions and simulated activities.

Summative assessments include:

  • achievement of proficiency outcomes as detailed in the Practice Assessment Document (PAD)
  • in-point assessment relating to medicines management
  • in point assessment relating to Leading , Managing and Co ordinating  Care
  • completion of 450hours of practice learning
  • Computer-based dosage calculation examination
  • Written assignment
  • Presentation

Accreditations

The University of South Wales is an NMC Approved Education Institution (AEI).

Placements

Practice Learning Experiences

You will undertake 450 hours of practice learning supported by Practice Supervisor(s) and a Practice Assessor, to enable you to work towards and achieve the proficiencies and skills required of a registered nurse.

Facilities

Depending on social distancing rules you will have access to:

  • Clinical Simulation Suite
  • Hydra Minerva Simulation Suite.
  • Usual USW library and journal database access – online service as well as click and collect books.
  • All USW student support resources including a number of IT packages free for students.
  • Personal Tutor
  • Practice Supervisor / Practice Assessor /Academic Assessor

Lecturers

You will also have sessions whereby service users and carers share their lived experiences with you and by expert practitioners.

If you have any queries, contact the course leader.

The module is offered at level 6 and is within the BSc Professional Practice award. Entry to level is dependant on previous experience and qualifications.

 What are the entry requirements for the Return to Practice course?


Applicants must have a lapsed registration with the NMC or be in a position whereby they are unable to meet the required practice hours to revalidate with the NMC and remain on the professional register.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have capability in numeracy, literacy and digital and technological literacy to meet the programme outcomes and proficiencies.

Applicants will also have to demonstrate they meet NMC English language requirements, if applicable.

During application and interview each candidate will be asked to declare that they are of good health and good character to enable safe and effective practice.

Entry to the course is dependent on a satisfactory disclosure and barring check (DBS) and Occupational Health screening.

Applicants may apply to have their prior learning and experience in relation to the standards of proficiency, course outcomes and hours of relevant practice as a current registrant. The evidence supplied by each applicant will be assessed on an individual basis by an Academic Assessor and Practice Assessor in collaboration with the Course Leader and with approval of the External Examiner.

The evidence will be measured specifically against the NMC (2018) Proficiencies for registered nurses which includes Annexe A – Communication and relation management skills and Annexe B Nursing procedural skills as well as the Module and Course learning outcomes.

If your application meets the entry criteria, you will be called to a formal interview. Alex Holmes, the RTP course leader, and a practice facilitator or senior nurse will interview you. The interview will last around twenty minutes and you will have the opportunity to ask questions.

 

Fees

There are on average 20 funded places per cohort paid for by the Welsh Government for applicants who are resident in Wales. Those applicants who are not resident, the standard module fee for 40 credits applies.

 

 

Additional Requirements

An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on the Child & Adult Workforce and Child and Adult Barring Lists and subscription to the DBS Update Service.

 

 

 

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees

    These courses are normally supported by Welsh Government commissioners in collaboration with Welsh NHS University Health Boards

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

    These courses are normally supported by Welsh Government commissioners in collaboration with Welsh NHS University Health Boards

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS Updating Service * £13
Subscription required for each year of the course for a yearly fee of £13. Please note the service has to be joined within 30 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
DBS * £53.20
This fee includes £40 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.

This course provides an opportunity for those who have previously fulfilled the role of a registered nurse to refresh, develop and enhance their knowledge and skills to enable them to return to the profession. However, following the publication of the NMC (2019) Return to practice standards, the course will also provide an opportunity for nurses who are currently on the NMC professional register to meet their revalidation requirements.

Successful completion of the course offers eligibility to apply and be re-entered or to remain on the NMC register in one of the four fields of nursing; Adult, Child, Learning Disabilities or Mental Health.