Government announcement of funding to support AHPs to return to work after career breaks

Government announcement of funding to support AHPs to return to work after career breaks

30 August 2017

The British Dietetic Association (BDA) has today welcomed the announcement by government of £5 million of funding to support AHPs and other specialist professions to return to work after career breaks. The Department for Health will work with Health Education England to run a returner programme for 300 AHP returners across England, including dietitians. This will include education, re-training and tailored support with the aim of having returners ready to practice within six to 12 months.

The government particularly hopes this scheme will help address the gender pay gap caused by women taking career breaks to have children. The Institute for Fiscal Studies has found that women who take time out of work earn less when they return, receiving around 2 per cent less for every year spent out of paid work.

Rosanna Hudson, BDA Policy Officer (Education), said; “This is really positive news, and a valuable way of ensuring the skills and experience of dietitians who choose to take time away from work are not lost to the profession permanently. We hope this will complement the support the BDA already offers, including our professional development toolkit, shadowing and placement materials and of course direct advice and support over the phone.”

The Department of Education has also launched a consultation to gather the views of those with experience of returning to work or anyone who is considering doing so. You have until the 23rd October to respond. 

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