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Helping allied health professionals and healthcare scientists return to practice

Return to practice is a programme that enables AHPs and healthcare scientists who have left the profession to re-enter and gain their HCPC registration.

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

Before you contact us to find out more, read two case studies on returnees Diane and Rachel.

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.






Contact us

Contact the Return to Practice team on this email: R2PAHP-HCS@hee.nhs.uk  

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 funding for out-of-pocket expenses and any relevant RtP course or appropriate postgraduate study delivered by English AHP/HCS pre-registration universities.

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


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 emailing R2PAHP-HCS@hee.nhs.uk
  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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