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Revised guidance on returning to practice published

Returning to Practice documentThe HCPC has published revised guidance on returning to practice. The guidance was first published in July 2006, to help people who have taken a break from practising, or are considering doing so, to understand our requirements for coming back on to the HCPC Register.

The HCPC reviewed the returning to practice arrangements in late 2014, working closely with professional bodies. The review found that, although the requirements were generally considered to be working well, there was a need for further guidance in areas. Based on the findings, a number of changes have been made to improve the information provided and consulted on the updated guidance from July to October 2016.

The guidance now includes 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.

There is 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.

You can download a copy of the revised guidance from the HCPC website.

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