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Continuing Professional Development (short course)

Chelmsford, Peterborough (Guild House), Cambridge

12 weeks

Module level: 6

Cambridge/Peterborough applicants:

You will first need to apply with your chosen Trust via NHS Jobs, see NHS Trust profiles below for contact details and more information about how to apply.

Fully funded by Health Education England

All students who are accepted onto the course will be fully funded.
There is also a £500 bursary payable, which you'll receive on successful completion of the course.

Apply online

Please also complete a supplementary information form when applying for this course.

Number of places: 20


Are you a qualified midwife or nurse (adult, child or mental health) who'd like to apply for re-entry to the professional register? Our 12-week course, validated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), can help you get your career back on track quickly and safely. Please note: this course is not available for overseas nurses who wish to register for the first time with the NMC.

Full description

Who should attend?

This course is intended for qualified nurses or midwives who'd like to apply for re-entry to the nursing and midwifery professional register. You'll need to be employed as a healthcare support worker while you're on this course. Your employer should confirm the availability of a placement and appropriate mentorship (a sign-off mentor is required), for you to complete the practice component of this course. You may find that some organisations can employ you as a non-registered nurse/midwife, then as a band 5 nurse/midwife afterwards. Contact organisations' human resources departments or lead education managers to discuss your options. While you're studying, you'll have a student uniform so that you're recognised as a learner in the practice area and colleagues can support your professional development.


Taster session

26 September 2018
10 October 2018
6 or 21 November 201811

Numeracy and literacy test

26 November 2018, 14:00-16:00
28 November 2018, 10:00-12:00


Chelmsford: 11 or 12 December 2018
Cambridge or Peterborough: To be confirmed

Registration and uniform fitting

Chelmsford: 25 January 2019, 08:30-12:00
Cambridge: 24 January 2019, 08:30-12:00
Peterborough: 24 January 2019, 13:00-16:30

Study Days

31 January 2019
7 and 14 February 2019
1, 7, 14, 21 and 28 March 2019
4 and 25 April 2019

Cambridge or Peterborough
1, 8 and 15 February 2019
2, 8, 15, 22 and 29 March 2019
5 and 26 April 2019

Please note that all study dates are subject to change until timetables are confirmed

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is the largest provider of health, social care and education courses in the East of England, with over 6,000 students from more than 20 countries.

With 95% of our students finding full-time employment within six months of graduating, you can be sure that our courses have been designed with your career in mind. We’ve been educating nurses, midwives and social workers for over 25 years.

At the cutting edge of research, we offer a range of internationally recognised undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses taught by friendly, supportive and experienced staff. With over 150 research students across our three doctoral programmes (PhD; DProf and EdD), we provide the multi-disciplinary perspective and potential for academic debate that reflects our position as a leader in practitioner-focused and practice-led research studies.

Designed to enhance your learning experience, our facilities include state-of-the-art simulated skills laboratories that mirror real-life clinical situations and UK hospital wards. Our students also benefit from our Early Childhood Research and Resource Centre; a space in which they can experiment with equipment and play activities.

You’ll study in an exciting, modern faculty which has strong links with regional, national and international organisations, including healthcare trusts, social services, local and regional authorities, schools and academic institutions.

Your enthusiasm. Our passion. Your best foot forward.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Peterborough (Guild House)
Guild House

Guild House is our dedicated healthcare campus in the historic city of Peterborough.

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Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

Explore our Cambridge campus

Fees & funding

Course fees

Places are fully funded


Contact details

Karen Pym
01245 684170
Sue Creedon
01223 695525
CPD Admissions
01245 687141

Entry requirements

To access this course, you will need to provide evidence of:

  • your lapsed Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration
  • an enhanced, current Disclosure and Barring Service check (we can help you to arrange this)
  • an agreed placement with a relevant healthcare organisation
  • your numeracy and literacy skills
  • character references
  • occupational health clearance (we can help you to arrange this).

If you're unsure about any of the above, and you're employed by a trust, please contact your trust manager. If you're not currently employed by a trust please attend one of the taster sessions. Contact our CPD Admissions Team on 01245 686868 or email

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