Return to Practice as an Allied Health Professional

Are you a trained Allied Health Professional (AHP) looking to return to practice following a career break? If so, then Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust is ready to support you in your journey.

During your career, you may not practise your profession for a period of time; this may be for many reasons, including extended travel, caring responsibilities, or illness. However, if you are now keen to come back to your profession and resume practising, our organisation is ready to support you. We are here to offer useful advice and support to enable you to refresh those valuable clinical skills and experience.

Which Allied Health Professionals can we support in supervised clinical placements? 

Here at Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, we can support the following AHP professions with supervised clinical placement opportunities:

  • Art Therapists
  • Podiatrists
  • Dietitians
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Speech and language therapists

Return to Practice Programme at Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust

Returnees whose HCPC registration has elapsed for longer than 2 years and wish to return to practice must apply to be re-admitted to the register before they can be work under a protected professional title.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust is offering Return to Practice supervised clinical placements where you can gain valuable updating skills, experience and support to achieve re-registration with the HCPC and go on to apply for a registered role within our Trust. The Return to Practice programme is flexible, and Returnees can decide how to complete their period of updating, ensuring it fits their personal circumstances and learning needs, allowing them to update their knowledge and skills through the self-directed process.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust Return to Practice programme includes:

  • Supervised clinical placement with an identified clinical supervisor
  • Trust induction and access to CPD opportunities
  • Professional networking
  • Pastoral support
  • Support to access Health Education England’s Return to Practice programme and funding

The HCPC specifies the minimum number of days required for updating, depending on the length of time an individual has been out of practice. No more than 50% of these can comprise private study.

For further details please see the HCPC’s Return to Practice document: Health and Care Professions Council returning to practice requirements 

Health Education England Return to Practice Programme

Health Education England (HEE) runs a programme to support AHPs to Return to Practice by offering financial support and advice about the Return to Practice process.

To find out more about the funding offered to Returnees along with peer support, take a look at this guide by Health Education England: Allied Health Professionals RTP

How to apply

To enquire about the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust AHP Return to Practice Programme, please register an interest via NHS Jobs:

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