Allied Health Professionals Return to Practice

“We want to welcome Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) who are thinking of returning to practice and will help with the HealthCare Professions Council (HCPC) re-registration process through practice placements. It’s simpler than you might think.”

– Shelly Rice, AHP Workforce Lead and Educational Lead Radiographer at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.


There are many reasons why an AHP decides to change their careers and leave the HCPC register. I’ve known some who chose to continue to study in another field. Others have decided to stay at home to raise children. While most are likely to be happy with these choices, there may be a few who are debating whether to return to practice and wish to re-register with the HCPC.

If you are an AHP who is thinking of returning (or know someone who is), then please stay with us and read on.

Health Education England (HEE) has a process to help you to gain HCPC registration, and if you register with them, they can help guide you. There is £800 funding for AHPs to help pay for costs such as attendance at study days. More information can be found here.

The amount of private study you will have to complete with depend on how long you have been out of the profession. If it’s 0-2 years, you can re-register without undertaking any additional study. If you’ve been out of your profession for 2-5 years, then you need to complete 30 days of study. More than five years, then it’s 60 days.

As part of the ‘updating skills and knowledge’, supervised clinical practice is an ideal way to get back into the swing of things. All Trusts in the Humber, Coast and Vale (NHS and Private) can offer vital clinical experience to help you to re-join us.

If this is something you are interested in doing, please register your interest with HEE using this form. The team can help you get started, point you in our direction and we are looking forward to welcoming you back.