The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has published revised guidance on returning to practice, to help people who have taken a break from practising, or are considering doing so, to understand the requirements for coming back on to the HCPC Register.
The existing returning to practice arrangements were reviewed in late 2014, by meeting with professional bodies and reviewing the requirements of other regulators. The review found that, although the requirements were generally considered to be working well, there was a need for further guidance in areas.
One of the main changes to the guidance is the inclusion of a flow chart that clearly depicts the returning to practice process and assists the reader in determining whether returning to practice requirements apply to them.
Clarity has also been provided around what is meant by ‘practising your profession’ and the difference between the supervisor and counter-signatory roles. The guidance also now signposts to professional bodies for further guidance on profession-specific practice and periods of updating.
Returning to practice guidance was first published in July 2006. The requirements help to ensure that registrants who have been out of practice for more than two years, and wish to return, update their knowledge and skills in order to resume safe and effective practice.
To download a copy of the revised guidance visit www.hcpc-uk.org