AHP return to practice

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 and become re-registered on the HCPC professional register.

The HCPC defines a returnee to practice as an individual who 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 practised.

You already have the skills and experience to make a big difference to our patients and their families.

The 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 knowledg
  • 5 years or more out of your profession – 60 days of updating your skills and knowledge

Register your interest

The first step on your return to practice (RtP) journey is to let HEE know that you are thinking of returning to practice. They can then keep you up to date with any new courses, funding and support that is available to you.

Return to practice requirements for your profession

Your professional body will be able to let you know the specific RtP requirements and courses available for your profession. There is a full list of professional bodies and universities here.

Supporting your study

We can support your study by enabling you to work with us while you gain the relevant skills and knowledge to meet the re-registration requirements for the HCPC.

HEE may also provide funding for out-of-pocket expenses and any relevant RtP course or appropriate postgraduate study delivered by English universities running pre-registration programmes for allied health professionals