12/06/2017 - 09:00
Today we have published revised guidance on returning to practice.
Our returning to practice guidance was first published in July 2006, to help people who have taken a break from practice, or are considering doing so, to understand our requirements for coming back on to the HCPC Register. Our 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.
We reviewed the existing returning to practice arrangements in late 2014. We met with professional bodies to discuss the guidance and reviewed the requirements of other regulators. Although the requirements were generally considered to be working well, the review showed there was a need for further guidance in some areas. Based on the findings we made a number of changes to improve the information provided and consulted on the updated guidance from July to October 2016.
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.
We have also provided clarity around what we mean 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.
We would like to thank everyone that contributed to the review of the guidance.