Training for nurses

Undergraduate study

We have a comprehensive and respected training scheme for mental health nurses.

Top-up degree programme

Staff who have obtained a diploma in nursing can gain a degree-level qualification if they complete three modules at level three.

Diploma of higher education in mental health nursing

Healthcare assistants can take part in a three-year programme to become registered as a mental health nurse.

Postgraduate study

Nurses working with us can apply for funding and time off to gain a MSc or PhD.

For more information please visit Continuing Professional Development on the Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences website.

Personal professional development programme

Leadership at point of care

We offer a three-day course training our nurses how to take on projects examining how servces are provided.

The Return to Practice Programme

The Return to Practice Programme prepares you for re-entry into the professional register and is an essential requirement for returning to nursing and regaining registration. The programme will refresh your skills, leaving you ready to return to nursing with confidence. It involves a combination of classroom and placement-based learning, so you can get stuck in right from the start.

How to apply

Led by supportive tutors, assessors and supervisors, there are 4 University programmes available across London, all created to refresh your nursing skills so that you’re ready to return to practice. Please click on the links below to be taken to the University websites to find out more about the programmes and how to apply:

Here at Southwest London & St George’s Mental Health Trust we offer placements at our Springfield and Tolworth Hospital sites, and you will be supported in your placements to achieve all the required proficiencies.

If you are looking to return to a Mental Health Nursing or Learning Disability Nursing, please contact the University to ensure they offer the programme you require.

Financial support for your studies   

You won’t just be emotionally supported; you’ll be financially supported too. NHS Health Education England (HEE) will provide funding towards your course fees. You’ll also either be given a bursary to help cover any childcare, travel, and book costs, or you will be paid a salary, depending on the route you take to return. 

Key Contacts

If you would like to find out more information about returning to practice, please email:

South West London Return to Practice Lead:

 The student experience team at Southwest London & St George’s Mental Health Trust: