Return to practice

If you have previously been a registered health professional and wish to return to your profession, then you may need to complete a return-to-practice programme.

UHDB provides a range of support to help staff return to clinical practice. We work with Health Education England (HEE), who may be able to offer financial and academic support to health professionals wishing to undertake a return to practice scheme.

The national return-to-practice scheme for nurses has been run by HEE since 2014 (opens in new window) > and provides experienced nurses with training and a route back into the NHS.

The return to practice programme supports the commitments made in the NHS Long Term Plan to recruit more people into the workforce and ensure staff have rewarding jobs and work in a positive culture. The initiative within Derby and Derbyshire aims to encourage nurses, midwives, allied health professionals (AHPs) and healthcare scientists (HCS) all to return to practice. There are vacancies waiting for returnees in both health and social care roles in Derby and Derbyshire.

Hear from people who have returned to practice

Read about our case study, Sophie, who returned to practice after a 7 year career break >


Returning NHS nurses explain why they decided to return to practice.

Q&A session with Paul Chapman - AHP/HCS programme lead at HEE.