Module code: NUR3312

Module Overview

The aim of the module therefore is to offer learners the opportunity to update and extend knowledge in professional, clinical and theoretical aspects of clinical practice for nurses and midwives wishing to return to practice. It reflects the current NMC requirements for those wishing to re-register and return to practice following a break.The module enables the student to enhance their knowledge and understanding of practice and re-visit skills in order to regain confidence and competence as a registrant.


Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

CALLWOOD Alison (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Clinical Placement Hours: 450

Independent Learning Hours: 102

Lecture Hours: 47

Tutorial Hours: 1

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Students must be eligible to return to the nursing or midwifery part of the NMC Register.   Students will be able to demonstrate the ability to study at level 6. All students must have evidence that they were previously on the NMC Register and the date that their registration lapsed. Criteria for application:

  1. If your training was not consolidated, i.e. you did not work as a nurse or midwife after qualifying for a minimum of 6 months. Only apply if you are within a 5 year period of achieving registration.
  2. If your training was consolidated (i.e. you practiced for a minimum of 6 months immediately after qualification) and your Personal Identification Number (PIN) has lapsed for no more than to the end of the 10th year.
Each applicant who meets the criteria A or B will be required to submit an up to date CV with your application form including details of 2 referees (which will include a reference from your current or most recent employer) and to ‘pass’ a selection interview. Nurses and midwives, for whom English is not a first language, returning to practice must provide evidence of passing an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0 prior to being accepted on the module. Additionally, applicants must have evidence of obtaining a practice placement in which to undertake clinical experiences. The placement must have a current educational audit, a named mentor and a ‘sign off’ mentor. This is an NMC requirement. The returnee will be expected to provide evidence at interview that all employment regulations of: Honorary/Contract, Occupational Health; Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) references and Induction as required by the organisation will all be in place prior to the commencement of the Return to Practice module / practice placement. Additional application criteria i.e. HCA hours and or evidence of prior learning will be completed prior to interview /commencement of the module.

Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Contemporary health and social care policy, influences, development and impact

  • The role of legislation, guidelines, policies and codes of conduct in practice

  • The current organisation and structure of care

  • Current issues in nursing and midwifery education

  • Evidence based practice

  • Assessing need, designing, implementing and evaluating interventions

  • Communication,teaching and learning skills

  • Team and multiprofessional learning

  • Reflection on self

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Pass/Fail competencies PORTFOLIO Pass/Fail

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes and competence in practice


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Successful completion of a professional portfolio which demonstrates the achievement of the outcomes identified by the Nursing and Midwifery council (NMC). This will be assessed in practice by a sign-off mentor and will be pass/ fail. Students must achieve a pass in order to pass the module.


Students will also be required to complete a reflective account which demonstrates how they have achieved each of the learning outcomes and offers an evaluation of their own professional development and critically reviews their practice experience (2,500 words)


Formative assessment

Students will receive on-going formative feedback from their mentor in practice. Students will be able to submit a plan of their written assignment for formative assessment by their tutor. Academic tutors from their field of practice also provide ongoing support.




Students will receive feedback through a variety of methods, these include

  • Verbal – during seminar sessions or tutorials

  • Written – on formative feedback of plan and summative assignments and throughout their portfolio

  • Email – where requested by the student

  • E discussion forums via SurreyLearn


Module aims

  • • Explore the policy context of health and social care and the influences on practice
  • • Develop skills in utilising evidence to underpin practice
  • • Investigate and develop skills of communication and reflection

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
006 • Identify and assess need, design and implement interventions and evaluate outcomes in all relevant areas of practice, including the effective delivery of emergency care KP
001 • Critically analyse and contextualise the influence of health and social care policy relevant to the practice of nursing or midwifery C
002 • Discuss and uphold the requirements of legislation, guidelines, codes of practice and policies relevant to the practice of nursing and midwifery P
003 • Consider the influence on care of the current structure and organisation of care, nationally and locally KCP
004 • Debate current issues in nursing and midwifery education and practice C
005 • Utilise relevant literature and research to inform the practice of nursing and midwifery KC
007 • Evaluate their effectiveness in communication, teaching and learning skills in light of being part of an inter-professional team KCPT
008 • Examine own strengths and weaknesses, acknowledge limitations of competence and recognise the importance of maintaining and developing professional competence PT
009 . Develop the skills to reflect and analyse own practice to demonstrate how they have changed or improved their work CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Enable students to update their knowledge base for practice and access appropriate practice experiences to allow them to return to practice as registered nurses or midwives.


The learning and teaching methods include:


  • Lectures (including e-lectures)

  • Seminars

  • Guided study

  • E-learning

  • Action learning sets

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Other information

Module leader = Louise Davies

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.