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A skilled and sustainable workforce for a healthier Scotland

Return to practice (Nursing and midwifery)

We support nurses and midwives to return to practice.

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Return to practice is the process for readmission to the nursing and midwifery register.

The NMC has a number of requirements for this. 

You can find detailed information on this process on the Nursing and Midwifery Council website.

Please note:

Return to Practice is designed for candidates that have previously held an NMC registration in the United Kingdom.

If you have studied nursing and midwifery outwith the UK and have never held an NMC registration you must follow the process outlined by the NMC here - Trained outside the UK

Scottish Government funding model

The Scottish Government supports those wishing to return to the NMC register.

They have introduced a new funding model where candidates apply to an NHS Board or independent employer (for example, care home) for a returner vacancy.

The Scottish Government will fund programme fees for candidates employed under certain conditions. 

NES has been commissioned to manage the funding for the programme at the two Universities in Scotland:


Local contacts and vacancies 

Irene Kennedy at Glasgow Caledonian University

Dr Kate Goodhand at Robert Gordon University  

Debra Heron at NHS Ayrshire & Arran

Practice Education Team at NHS Borders

Christina Hoare at NHS Dumfries & Galloway

Doreen Smith at NHS Fife (Website)

Nicola Riddell at NHS Forth Valley  

Lorraine Allan  at Golden Jubilee National Hospital

Laura Reid or Lindsey Gillespie  at NHS Grampian  

David Lamont at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde  

John Sinclair at NHS Highlands and Islands

Marion Malone at NHS Lanarkshire

Return to Practice Team at NHS Lothian (Website)

Graeme Bartlett at NHS Orkney

Carol Stewart at NHS Tayside

Anna Nicolson at NHS Western Isles (Website)

Jacqui Neil at Scottish Care (Website)



Last updated: 27/09/2020

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