Section menu

You are here

Period of updating skills and knowledge

Period of updating skills and knowledge

In order to return to the Register, radiographers will need to meet the following requirements, depending on how long they have been out of practice:
• 0-2 years - no requirements
• 2-5 years - 30 days of updating their skills and knowledge
• 5 years or over - 60 days of updating their skills and knowledge
These requirements also apply to someone who has never been registered with the HCPC and who has never practised (or who has not practised in the last two years) but who holds an approved qualification which is over five years old http://www.hpc-uk.org/registrants/readmission/.

Supervised Practice

You need to find a clinical department for a period of supervised practice. 

You may plan to return to a specific area of practice e.g.management, lecturing, clinical speciality. If this is the case, then it is reasonable that a period of supervised practice be focused on that specific area, but it is preferable to include at least some time refreshing core skills and knowledge, so that there you gain insight into the broad scope of practice of the profession.

Document all supervised practice on the appropriate HCPC forms

Updating knowledge (private study and formal study)

Check the Return to Practice News pages for up-to-date information on return to practice support, training opportunities and formal courses. 

Document all private study and formal study on the appropriate HCPC forms.

Longer pieces of reflective work or records of practice may be generated and should be referenced on the HCPC paperwork.

Suggested help and resources to support private and formal study:

1. SoR membership.
The Society of Radiographers offers three months' free membership to Returners. Contact Joel Wilkins, Membership Services, on 020 7740 7228 or email joelw@sor.org to claim your three months' free membership.

Member benefits include:
a. Radiography This is the official peer-reviewed journal of the Society and College of Radiographers and the European Federation of Radiographer Societies.
b. Synergy News News updates from the world of radiography
c. Imaging and Therapy Practice professional articles relating to practice
d. Preferential rates for many study days and training programs. 
i. College of Radiographers events can be found here
ii. short courses and study days here
e. Access to a searchable list of SoR publications and guidance documents
f. News and links to other information relevant to radiographers
g. Guidance on radiation protection
h. Access to teams of trade union and professional officers for advice and support

2. Imaging and radiotherapy departments

a. in-house training resources including access to update mandatory training
b. copies of all local policies and procedures
c. books and journals: medical library access including librarian support
d. Practice educators;: not found in all departments but a valuable contact where available
e. Return to practice network: not found in all areas a useful resource

3. Radiography education providers (Higher Education Institutions)

a. May allow access to library facilities.
b. May be able to provide academic support, specific return to practice programme or access to teaching sessions
c. May have a suitable post graduate programme of study

4. Internet, e-learning and social media

a. Websites:
i. http://www.dh.gov.uk
for general National health policy information.  Many government produced documents are stored here
ii. http://www.nhsemployers.org/
NHS specific information on a range of work-related topics
iii. https://www.nhs.uk/pages/home.aspx
NHS choices : Information on services and up to date health resources
iv. https://www.nice.org.uk/
Evidence-based guidance documents
v. http://cahpr.csp.org.uk/
Council for Allied Health Professions Research
vi. https://www.gov.uk/topic/population-screening-programmes
Links to all national screening programmes and their standards e.g. breast screening, bowel screening, AAA screening, foetal anomaly screening programme

b. E-learning resources
i. http://www.sor.org/learning/elearning
Links to College of Radiographers recommended e-learning resources

c. Social media
i. Twitter: follow recognised experts or commentators or join groups to find links to useful information and engage in professional discussion
Examples of Twitter users to follow:
MedRadJclub (a global group of radiographers who engage in a monthly journal club)
@MedRadJclub

SCoR Members (general tweets on information relevant for radiographers)
@SCoRMembers

Charlotte Beardmore (Director of Professional Practice SoR)
@SCoRCBeardmore

Richard Evans (CEO of SoR)
@RichardEvans40

WeAHPs Twitter community of Allied health professionals
@WeAHPs

ii. Facebook - ]
1. search for Facebook groups focused on your specialist area
2. Follow https://www.facebook.com/SCoRMembers/

iii. Blog sites
1. Follow ‘radiography bloggers’ or specialist area bloggers
Examples of bloggers
a. https://maryannhardy.wordpress.com/
b. https://janicestjohnmatthews.wordpress.com/2017/12/28/values-and-a-perso...

iv. Discussion forums
1. Search for, join and get involved in discussion forums

v. E-news
1. Register for free newsletters from special interest groups, charities and NHS commentators


Content tools

Accessibility controls

Text size

AA A

Colour