What is the background behind the Return To Practice scheme?

Experienced nurses who want to return to the profession have much to offer patients, employers and society. Coming back to the profession has never been easier, with courses and training available to ease the transition and to build skills. However, current RTP Schemes until now have been almost exclusively secondary care focused and placements for nurses wishing to work in primary care have been very limited.

The HEE Return to Practice national programme has been developed to provide a sustainable approach to building capacity and capability in general practice nursing. The flexible RTP programme by the University of Sheffield employs a blend of online learning and face-to-face sessions to support nurses to re-register with the NMC within direct experience of primary care.

The Primary Care Workforce and Training Hub is currently working with the University of Sheffield to find placements for experienced nurses across South Yorkshire, whose NMV registration has lapsed and who wish to work in primary care. Practices can benefit from the RTP Scheme, as it provides both funding and primary care specific training for experienced nurses to find their way back into the profession.

The details:


Practice receives £500 for 2 days per week placement over 10 weeks (approx)


Practices can advertise for their own RTP nurse, or nurses on the RTP Scheme can be allocated by the University of Sheffield and the Primary Care Workforce and Training Hub after consultation with the practice.


The placement will require a Sign Off Mentor to assess that the RTP nurse is competent to return to the register. Our hub can assist with the training of nurses to Sign Off status, or to establishing long-arm support from a Sign Off Mentor.

Interested in finding out more about the Return to Practice Scheme?

Click HERE to visit the RTP Scheme page on the HEE website

Click HERE to find out more about the RTP course from the University of Sheffield