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HCPC launches consultation on revised Guidance on returning to practice

28/07/2016 - 13:54

HCPC launches consultation

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has launched a consultation on draft revised Guidance on returning to practice. 

This consultation will be of interest for professionals who are currently not practising and are considering returning to practice, or are considering a break in their practice, and thinking about what this might mean in the future. The consultation will also be of interest for employers who are considering supervising or employing a professional who is returning to practice.

The draft revised Guidance we are consulting on is an update of existing Guidance which was subject to a public consultation in 2005, and published in 2006. The proposed changes include a restructure of the Guidance to provide additional clarity and clarification on what we mean by ‘practising your profession’ as well as certain aspects of the requirements.

Michael Guthrie, Director of Policy and Standards, commented:

“We set return to practice requirements to ensure that registrants who have been out of practice for more than two years update their knowledge and skills in order to resume safe and effective practice.

It is important that we remain committed to reviewing existing Guidance to ensure that it is as clear as possible and fit for purpose. We would therefore encourage all our Registrants to respond to the consultation with their views on the proposed amendments. ”

Opening on Monday 18 July, the 12 week consultation runs until Friday 7 October 2016. The updated Guidance is expected to be launched in 2017.

To take part in the consultation, complete our online survey, email consultation@hcpc-uk.org or write to Consultation on revised Guidance on returning to practice, Policy and Standards Department, Health and Care Professions Council, Park House, 184 Kennington Park Road, London, SE11 4BU.

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