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Return to Practice

Return to Practice gives individuals, who have been registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) previously, the chance to return to their profession by undertaking a period of updating. Following this, healthcare providers such as The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust can employ Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) or Nurses who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience with them. The Trust welcomes prospective ‘return to practice’ applicants.

Allied Health Professionals

Have you previously been registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a qualified Allied Health Professional (AHP), but your HCPC registration has lapsed? Have you been thinking about using your HCPC Allied Health Profession qualification again?

If you have, then we want to hear from you! At RWT we welcome enquires from AHPs who wish to return to practice. We will endeavour to support you in becoming registered with the HCPC again. We have a wide range of clinical areas and localities available, and we will work with you to find a suitable opportunity to help you on your journey. 

How do AHPs Return to Practice?

 If you have previously qualified as an AHP and wish to return to your profession, then you may need to undertake a period of updating before you can become re-registered and return to work as an AHP.

If you are returning to practice, the HCPC requires you to update your knowledge and skills as follows:

Time out of practice / Time unregistered Minimum time required to update skills & knowledge
*at least 50% of the hours need to be in practice
Up to 2 years No requirement needed
2 to 5 years 30 days (210 hours)
Over 5 years 60 days (420 hours)

Updating can be in the form of supervised practice and formal or private study. However, the study element must be no more than half of the period of updating (e.g., if you are required to undertake 30 days of updating, you may wish to choose 15 days of supervised practice and 15 days of study, or 20 days of supervised practice and 10 days of study).

Funding Available to Support AHP Return to Practice

NHS Health Education England (HEE) will provide up to £800 to AHPs returning to practice to assist with costs and expenses such as purchasing books, car parking, childcare etc. HEE will also pay for some courses relevant to returnees. The funding is available for AHPs who currently reside and work in England.

Other Information for AHP Return to Practice

Practice hours must be supervised and countersigned by a registered professional with two or more years’ experience and in the same profession as you. You will also need someone to countersign your study who must also be a registered professional in the same profession as you with two or more years’ experience.

Please note, if you have any fitness/condition to practice issues cited against you by the HCPC you would not be eligible to return to practice.

How do I Apply?
  1. Please contact Amy Hobson-Obhrai (amy.hobson@nhs.net) for support with the return to practice information or check our current job vacancies page.

  2. You will also need to register your Return to Practice with HEE: R2PAHP-HCS@hee.nhs.uk. This will enable you to receive your unique reference number which will allow you to access an online claim system to support expenses relating to your return. You will also need to give this to the organisation which supports your supervised practice.
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Return To Practice events are delivered collaboratively by the Black Country AHP & Nursing Faculty and the Integrated Care System (ICS) - working together to support you. As an Integrated Care System, we acknowledge the wealth of experience that returning practitioners will bring back to their profession. These events aim to provide all of the information and support you require to achieve your ambition of returning to practice. 

Dates of future events will be detailed below.

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