Return to Midwifery Practice

Continuing Professional Development (short course)

Blended learning

12 weeks

Module level: 6

Number of places:20


Our 12-week CPD course is aimed at qualified midwives, wishing to return to the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register. It offers a supported route back to midwifery practice. Your skills and experience are extremely valuable, and this is a great time to return to the profession. Applicants accepted directly onto the course are fully funded and you'll also receive a bursary from health Education England on successful completion.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) requires that all registrants undertake a minimum number of practice hours in each three-year period to remain current on the register. Registrants who are unable to demonstrate this requirement can undertake a return to professional practice course – such as this 12-week course – as a means of re-entering or remaining on the register.

Our short course will help you adapt to meet the constantly changing health care needs of those in your care, in a wide range of practice environments. To achieve this, you'll explore the development of evidence-based practice and its role in the provision of client-centred quality care. You will also be encouraged to reflect on changes in practice and apply emerging evidence bases to this.

Our theory/practice module is delivered as a single 60-credit (Level 6) module. You'll be expected to undertake a minimum of 150 supernumerary practice hours (and a maximum of 450 hours) dependent on the length of time since you were last in practice. We'll support you in practice with a Practice Supervisor, Practice Assessor and Academic Assessor, who are all midwives. As well as practice learning, you'll undertake 100 hours teacher-managed learning.

Our course is taught through a blended learning approach. The theory element will be taught through distance learning,, using our virtual learning system. Meanwhile, skills will be taught face to face in skills labs, supported by online learning materials and clinical practice learning.

The course is typically taught over 12 weeks, but extensions can be negotiated with the Course Leader to accommodate the maximum number of clinical hours or part-time placement time.

You'll need to demonstrate competence in their sphere of clinical practice, and this will be assessed as pass/fail.

Upon satisfactory completion of the course assessment tasks including a multi-station OSCE and reflective discussion, medicines calculation exam and the achievement of the NMC standards of proficiency for midwives (2019) in the Practice Assessment Document, you'll be eligible to apply for the appropriate professional qualification and re-entry onto the professional register.

Ways to apply

There are two ways to join this course.

Direct application

Once applications open, you can apply directly to us for a place on this course. We'll work with you to find a suitable placement to undertake your clinical hours if you've not been able to do so.

Applicants accepted directly onto the course are fully funded and you'll also receive a bursary from health Education England on successful completion.

Through your employer

Most of our local practice partners offer an employed route for Return to Midwifery Practice. You'll first need to apply with your chosen Trust via NHS Jobs.

Who should attend?

Qualified midwives who wish to return to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register in the UK, and who are looking for a supported, bespoke experience while upskilling clinical practice and returning to study.


Please note: teaching is blended, so there will be a single application link available; for a couple of the face-to-face study/skills days, you may be required to attend the alternative campus.

Trimester 1

6, 13, 27 October 2022
3, 17, 24 November

Face to face (Skills):
29 September 2022
20 October
10 November
1, 8, 15 December

Trimester 2 - Dates to be confirmed

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.

We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.

We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.

Where can I study?

Blended learning
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Study at a time that suits you, using our learning management system.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

Places are fully funded


Contact details

CPD Admissions team
[email protected]

Or for further details/discussion:

Holly Ingram - Lecturer in Midwifery and Return to Midwifery Practice Co-Lead
[email protected]

Rebecca Percival - Senior Lecturer in Midwifery and Return to Midwifery Practice Co-Lead
[email protected]

Entry requirements

When applying, you must provide evidence of your original registration. You'll also need to have access to a relevant area of practice, to undertake the clinical practice element of the course and achieve clinical competencies.

You should also:

  • have a satisfactory enhanced DBS
  • be able to provide a professional reference and have occupational health clearance
  • be able to demonstrate that you have capability to meet the NMC requirements on numeracy, literacy, and digital and technological literacy
  • demonstrate that you meet NMC English language requirements.

Prior to application, you are strongly advised to have gained healthcare support worker experience in your field of practice in an Acute NHS Trust (for at least six months).

Before being accepted on to the course, we'll also invite you to an interview. This will assess the requirements above and explore your values in accordance with the NMC Code. NMC registration will be checked via the employer register prior to commencement of the course.

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