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.

The return to practice programme, led by Health Education England (HEE), 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.

We are keen to support qualified professionals across health and care including 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, and HEE may be able to offer financial and academic support to health professionals wishing to undertake a return to practice scheme.

UHDB potentially supports 2 routes for returning to practice dependent on the profession. We have the placement only route, and the OSCE employment route. If you are considering returning to practice, we encourage you to speak to the Practice Learning Support Unit (PLSU) team who can signpost you and advise on your next course of action.

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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.