Returning to practice

Information about our requirements for professionals returning to practice

About this document
This guidance provides information about the process you need to complete if you are returning to practice after a break of more than two years.

Throughout this document, ‘we’ refers to the Health and Care Professions Council and ‘you’ refers to a professional who is considering returning to practice or, in Section 6, a supervisor or counter signatory. ‘Returner’ refers to someone who is returning to practice.

Who is this document for?
Most of the information is for professionals who are not currently registered and who need to apply for readmission to the Register, or who are registered but have been out of practice for more than two years. However, you may also find this guidance helpful if you are considering a break in your practice and thinking about what this might mean in the future, or if you are considering supervising or employing a returner.

Although the guidance is called ‘returning’ to practice, it is also relevant if you hold an approved qualification which was awarded more than five years ago and only now want to start practising your profession.

Returning to practice
During the course of your career, you may not practise your profession for a period of time. This may be for many reasons, which could include parental leave, extended travel, caring responsibilities or illness.

We know that you may want to come back to your profession and resume practising, which is why we have set up this process.

Our return to practice requirements are flexible, minimum requirements. They aim to protect the public by making sure you have up-to-date knowledge and skills. Returning to practice is a self-directed process. It is your responsibility to make sure that you meet the appropriate requirements and can practise safely and effectively within your scope of practice, in line with our standards.

The amount of updating (the number of activities you carry out to update your practice) that we need is a minimum requirement. This means that you can carry out more updating if you need to, so that you are confident you can meet our standards.

Published : 9th June 2017*

Publisher : Health and Care Professions Council  [ More From This Publisher ]

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