Returning to the Allied Health Professions

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Are you a Dietitian, Occupational Therapist, Orthoptist, Paramedic, Physiotherapist, Podiatrist or Speech and Language Therapist considering returning to practice?

Central London Community Healthcare (CLCH) NHS Trust can provide you with full support to update your skills and knowledge so you can return to practice as a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered allied health professional. Find out more in the Return to Practice Guide for prospective returners.

At CLCH we appreciate that returning healthcare professionals are often very experienced with a great deal to offer both patients and to the organisation. This page provides information about what is involved and if you have any further queries please contact Patsy Fung, Chief AHP via email

Hear more from Patsy Fung, about returning to the NHS in the Allied Health Professions at CLCH:

During your return to practice period we will employ you as a Band 4 therapy assistant and on successful completion this can lead to a substantive registered practitioner role in one of our supportive teams.

Depending on how long you have been out of practice, the return to practice process can take between one to three months to complete. On successful completion you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to return to practice with confidence.

  • £800 payment from NHS England to support with childcare, study and travel costs
  • Employment as a Band 4 therapy assistant whilst undertaking supervised practice
  • Full support to update skills and knowledge to return on Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) register
  • Payment of HCPC registration fees on successful completion of programme
  • Substantive employment as a registered AHP in one of our supportive and valued teams
  • Enhanced preceptorship and practice development AHP support with a comprehensive education, training and learning programme


Return To Practice is open for all HCPC registrants who have been off the register for 2 or more years, or for those who did not register within 5 years of qualification. The HCPC states that the following is required (1 days = 7 hours)

Time out of practice

Number of days

2 – 5 years


5 years or more


The period of updating can be made up of any combination of supervised practice, formal study and private study. The only requirement is that private study must not make up more than 50% of the period.

Birmingham City and Coventry Universities have recently started to deliver an Allied Health Professions return to practice programme. The programme provides the opportunity for Allied Health Professionals whose HCPC registration has lapsed after a break in practice of two years or more, to return to practice in England with proficiency and confidence.

Both are distance learning and for more information please see links below:

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