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Returning to Practice

Return To Practice Allied Health Professions

Have you previously been registered with the Health & 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.


How to AHPs Return to Practice? 

If you have previously qualified as an Allied Health Professional 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:

  • 0 to 2 years out of practice – no requirements
  • 2 to 5 years out of practice – 30 days of updating
  • 5 or more years out of practice – 60 days of updating

(1 day is equivalent to 7 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 & 15 days of study, or 20 days of supervised practice and 10 days of study).

Funding Available to Support AHP Return to Practice

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, child care etc. Health Education England 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 & countersigned by a registered professional with 2 or more years experience & 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 2 or more years experience.

Return to Practice gives individuals, who have been registered with the HCPC previously, the chance to return to their profession by undertaking a period of updating, after which, healthcare providers such as East Cheshire NHS Trust have the opportunity to employ AHPs who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience with them.


East Cheshire NHS Trust regularly hosts recruitment open events, where staff will be around to talk to anyone who is thinking about returning to practice, and what we can offer you once you successfully return to the HCPC Register.


How do I Apply?

1) Please contact a member of the Vocational Learning & Development Team who will send you an application form to complete & return (contact details below).

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 to an online claim system to support expenses relating to your return & which you will need to give to the organisation which supports your supervised practice.


Vocational Learning & Development Team at East Cheshire: 

Sonia Meadows: Emily Chaffe: Morag Booth:
Vocational Learning and Development Lead Practice Education Facilitator (PEF)  Practice Education Facilitator (PEF) 
(01625) 661986     (01625) 663685 (01625) 663028
sonia.meadows@nhs.net          emily.chaffe@nhs.net morag.booth@nhs.net
 ecn-tr.vocationallearningdevelopmentteam@nhs.net   ecn-tr.vocationallearningdevelopmentteam@nhs.net   ecn-tr.vocationallearningdevelopmentteam@nhs.net 
www.eastcheshirenhslibrary.net/students.html    www.eastcheshirenhslibrary.net/mentors-and-educators.html



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