Press room

Archived press releases
Journalist FAQs
Journalist questions about fitness to practise hearings

Market research
Social media
Position statements
HCPC blog
Mobile apps
Fitness to practise media
Market research
Home > Media and Events > Press room

HCPC launches consultation on revised Guidance on returning to practice

18/07/2016 - 12:05

HCPC launches consultation

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has today 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 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.


For further press information, please contact Louise Shewey or Grant Imlach in HCPC’s press office on 020 7840 9806 or email

Notes to Editors:

1. The consultation will run from Monday 18 July 2016 to Friday 7 October 2016.

2. For further information about the consultation, please contact Natasha Wynne, Policy Officer,

3. Responses to the document can be made by:

Completing our easy-to-use online survey:

Emailing us at:

Writing to:
Consultation on returning to practice Guidance
Policy and Standards Department
Health and Care Professions Council
Park House
184  Kennington Park Road
SE11 4BU

You may also send a fax to +44 (0)20 7820 9684

4. If you would prefer your response not to be made public, please indicate this when you respond. We will publish on our website a summary of the responses we receive, and the decisions we have taken as a result.

5. The full documents are available on-line and a copy can be downloaded from the HCPC website:

6. The current Guidance on returning to practice published in 2006 can be found on our website:

7. The Health and Care Professions Council is an independent regulator set up by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001. The HCPC keeps a register for 16 different health and care professions and only registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. The HCPC will take action against professionals who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally.

8. The HCPC currently regulates the following 16 professions. Each of these professions has one or more ‘protected titles’. Anyone who uses one of these titles must register with the HCPC. To see the full list of protected titles please see

9. Arts therapists
Biomedical scientists
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Clinical scientists
Hearing aid dispensers
Occupational therapists
Operating department practitioners
Practitioner psychologists
Prosthetists / orthotists
Social workers in England
Speech and language therapists

10. The HCPC regulates social workers in England. Social workers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are separately regulated by the relevant Care Council in that country.

11. To contact us via social media, use the Twitter handle @The_HCPC or search the Health and Care Professions Council on Facebook or LinkedIn.

Louise Shewey
44 (0)20 7840 9806

Print  Print page