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Helping allied health professionals return to practice

Return to Practice is a programme that enables AHPs and Clinical Scientists who have left the profession to re-enter and gain their HCPC registration.

Health Education England is running a pilot project in the East Midlands to support allied health professionals and clinical scientists, to come back in to practice.

You already have the skills and experience that can make a big difference to patients, clients, carers and their families and we want to help you on your return to practice (RtP) journey.  

This page has information on the financial, clinical and academic support that is available to you, in the East Midlands with a NHS provider.

Read what one returnee had to say on her journey back to practice; Diane Shipp's story.


 

Register your interest

The first step on your RtP journey is to let us know that you are thinking of returning to practice. We can then keep you up to date with any new courses, funding and support that are available for you.

Whether you want to start straight away or are thinking of returning in the next few months, let us know so that we can start helping. Just contact Paul Chapman, the Return to Practice Lead, at p.chapman1@nhs.net.  

 

Updating your skills

If you have had a career break, you may need to undertake a period of updating your skills and knowledge before you can return to work in the healthcare sector, including the NHS, private, voluntary and independent sector and become re-registered on the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) professional register.

The HCPC defines a returnee to practice as an individual that has been out of practice for more than two years. This applies to you if your registration has lapsed, or if you did not go on to register once finishing your qualifications, and therefore have not practiced. 

HCPC recommends these minimum requirements to update your skills:

  • 0-2 years out of your profession – no requirements
  • 2-5 years out of your profession – 30 days of updating your skills and knowledge
  • 5 years or over out of your profession – 60 days of updating your skills and knowledge.

Your professional body will be able to let you know the specific RtP requirements for your profession; these details along with current university courses are listed below.

Supporting your study

A number of local universities and NHS Trusts are encouraging returnees to work with them to gain the relevant skills and knowledge to meet the re-registration requirements for the HCPC.

We can provide up to £500 funding for either out of pocket expenses, or  additional funding for a relevant RtP course or appropriate postgraduate course delivered in an East Midlands university.

To find out about the specific RtP requirements for your profession and the courses available find your profession in the list below:

Art Therapist

The British Association of Art Therapists

The British Association of Drama Therapists

The British Association for Music Therapy

University of Lincoln is keen to support AHP’s by allowing individuals to study on specific courses suited to your needs.

Biomedical Scientist

Institute of Biomedical Scientist

University of Lincoln is keen to support AHP’s by allowing individuals to study on specific courses suited to your needs.

Chiropodist / Podiatrist

British Chiropody and Podiatry Association

The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists

The College of Podiatry

University of Northampton is keen to support podiatrists.

University of Lincoln is keen to support AHP’s by allowing individuals to study on specific courses suited to your needs.

Clinical Scientist

Association of Clinical Scientists

University of Lincoln is keen to support AHP’s by allowing individuals to study on specific courses suited to your needs.

Dietitian

The Association of UK Dietitians

University of Lincoln is keen to support AHP’s by allowing individuals to study on specific courses suited to your needs.

Hearing Aid Dispensers

British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists

University of Lincoln is keen to support AHP’s by allowing individuals to study on specific courses suited to your needs.

Occupational Therapist

College of Occupational Therapists

University of Derby has Occupational Therapy courses commencing January 2017 and September 2017

University of Northampton is keen to support occupational therapists.

University of Lincoln is keen to support AHP’s by allowing individuals to study on specific courses suited to your needs.

Operating Department Assistant

College of Operating Department Practitioners

Association for Perioperative Practice

University of Lincoln is keen to support AHP’s by allowing individuals to study on specific courses suited to your needs.

University of Leicester ODP department may be able to support potential returnees with a bespoke programme of learning.

Orthoptist

British and Irish Orthoptic Society

University of Lincoln is keen to support AHP’s by allowing individuals to study on specific courses suited to your needs.

Paramedic

College of Paramedics

University of Northampton is keen to support paramedic scientists.

University of Lincoln is keen to support AHP’s by allowing individuals to study on specific courses suited to your needs.

Physiotherapist

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

University of Lincoln is keen to support AHP’s by allowing individuals to study on specific courses suited to your needs.

Practitioner Psychologist

The British Psychological Society

Association of Educational Psychologists

University of Lincoln is keen to support AHP’s by allowing individuals to study on specific courses suited to your needs.

Prosthetist/Orthotist

The British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists

University of Lincoln is keen to support AHP’s by allowing individuals to study on specific courses suited to your needs.

Radiographer

Society of Radiographers

University of Derby has a Radiography course starting February 2017.

University of Lincoln is keen to support AHP’s by allowing individuals to study on specific courses suited to your needs.

Social Worker in England

The British Association of Social Workers

University of Lincoln is keen to support AHP’s by allowing individuals to study on specific courses suited to your needs.

Speech and Language Therapist

Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

University of Lincoln is keen to support AHP’s by allowing individuals to study on specific courses suited to your needs.

 

Clinical placement and employment

We are working with local NHS Trusts who are keen to support returnees by providing clinical placements and/or employment.

We can let you know the Trusts nearest to you, or you can visit the NHS jobs website and type in 'return to practice' for more information.

Return to Practice checklist

  1. Let us know that you are thinking of returning to practice by contacting Paul Chapman, the Return to Practice Lead, at p.chapman1@nhs.net.  
  2. Contact the HCPC to discuss their requirements for you to re-register in your profession. 
  3. Contact your relevant professional body to discuss any individual requirements you may have in order to re-register.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Having a RTP student like any student requires time to discuss the various aspect of practice but in my situation I feel that I learnt more from her than she did from me, or maybe a mutual exchange of knowledge.’ AHP RtP Mentor

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