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Support for former practitioners who want to re-register and return to practice - Health Education England project 2018/19

The support for former practitioners project has now ended.

Do you know someone who is thinking of returning to clinical practice?

The HCPC has summarised the route that a radiographer can take to return to practice on its website.  Detailed information about the process and required paperwork is also available via the same link.

In summary, if the radiographer has been out of practice for between 0-2 years then there is no HCPC  requirement to update skills; in this scenario the radiographer may still be on the register or can reregister without additional conditions.  It will still be important to plan refresher training and CPD relevant to role outside of the formal registration process.

If the radiographer has been out of practice for between 2-5 years then they will need to complete a minimum of 30 days updating their skills and knowledge in practice. If the radiographer has been out of practice for over 5 years then they will need to complete a minimum of 60 days. 

To update skills and knowledge a radiographer can choose a combination of supervised practice, formal study or private study. The HCPC is not prescriptive, rather they try to be flexible to allow the applicant to choose the most convenient and beneficial route for their circumstances. However, private study can not be more than 50% of the time period. The updating period has to take place in the 12 months prior to submitting an application to return to the HCPC register.

Health Education England are currently running a return to practice programme for Allied Health Professionals, offering support and information. This includes a returners checklist and example case studies.

The SoR website also provides additional information for potential returnees and managers who would like to support a returnee. 

Returnees Google Group

There is also returnees Google group run by a current returnee, email to be added.

Alliance medical return to practice scheme for radiographers

Individuals can get more information by contacting HR via this email address  The Return to Practice Scheme for Radiographers is designed for those who have taken absence from their profession and wish to return and obtain their HCPC registration as per the HCPC requirements.

Depending on availability/location these are the three options Alliance Medical can offer to host someone who is interested from a pay framework point of view.


Option A


• Voluntary basis

• Usual travel expenses apply, i.e. travel (not home to base)

Option B


• Voluntary basis

• Employed as a Bank Clinical Assistant

• Usual travel expenses apply, i.e. travel (not home to base)

Option C


• Employed as a Clinical Assistant – fixed term (subject to a vacancy being available), undertaking planned supervised practice

Opportunity for Return to Practice Diagnostic Radiographers January 2016

The University of Derby has just achieved CoR approval for a module of study aimed at diagnostic radiographers wanting to return to practice. Places on the course are being funded initially by Health Education East Midlands and access to midlands based clinical placements is also available. Further information is available on the University website. Students from further afield are welcome to apply as the learning is flexible and not reliant on being Derby based although a department will be required to provide the clinical support. Prospective returnees should contact Sue Errett, Module Leader, directly at email, telephone: 01332 593068


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