Return to Practice

Is it your time to return to nursing?

We would love to hear from previously-registered RMNs and RNLDs considering regaining their PIN.

KMPT runs the Return to Practice programme in conjunction with Canterbury Christ Church University and Greenwich University. The next course starts in January 2020 with the deadline to apply in October.

Ola Idowu (right) did that a year ago. She has the biggest heart for mental health and realised she needed that in her life as much as all the other things that make her the person she is.

She said: “It has been great. If I said I didn’t initially feel guilty, I would be lying. But Tami was six, at school and I reached a place where I thought I can do this. To show him the pride I have in my work is important.

“It seemed a little daunting and I was thinking would I remember, but it was like riding a bike. You never lose that love for caring. This is mine. This is my space and this is my time.”

 You can read more about Ola's story here

Return to Practice open days:

  • Wednesday 19 June 2019 - Canterbury Christ Church University campus, 30 Pembroke Court, Chatham Maritime ME4 4UF
  • Wednesday 25 September 2019 - Canterbury Christ Church University campus, North Holmes Road, Canterbury CT1 1QU
  • Monday 11 November 2019 - Canterbury Christ Church University campus, North Holmes Road, Canterbury CT1 1QU
Who is eligible?

Previously-registered mental health nursing staff (RMN or RNLD), who have been away from practice for more than 12 months and their NMC registration has lapsed.

The requirements
Candidates who wish to be considered need to also apply for one of the Return to Practice courses and be accepted at either Canterbury Christ Church University or Greenwich University.
The commitment
  • Duration of the course is four-six months
  • Requires a minimum of 120 hours practice
  • Requires a minimum of 100 hours of supervised practice assessed by a sign-off mentor allocated by KMPT.
The recruitment process
  • Candidates apply for a Return to Practice vacancy via NHS jobs or one of the Trac job boards
  • Candidates will be shortlisted and attend an interview with a panel to talk through their experience
  • Successful candidates will be offered a position on a ward with an appropriate mentor assigned. They will need to confirm they have been accepted on a course. While on training, they will be paid on the bottom of band 3. They will commence in KMPT on a fixed start date close to the date of the start of their course
  • After they have produced evidence of completion to their manager, they will be made a band 5 nurse.
Further information

For more information about the university courses, visit:

Canterbury Christ Church University

University of Greenwich

Contact us

If you have a query please get in contact using the contact details on the right hand side of this page. Alternatively you can complete our online form below.