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Friday, March 27, 2020

Returners to practice; retired radiographers; registered radiographers in other work areas

Version 2. Updated 26 March 2020.

This information is for radiographers and former radiographers enquiring about supporting services during Covid-19 and who are:

  1. Recent HCPC registrants or recently retired registrants < 3 years off the register
  2. Former registrants or retired registrants > 3 years off the register
  3. Radiographers working in other sectors/roles and still registered

First and foremost, thank you for offering your support, please read the information below to see where and how you might be able to help.

The need of local employers is likely to change over time; the advice and guidance given now may be updated as time goes on. Please refer regularly to this page for updated information.

Recent HCPC registrants or recently retired registrants < 3 years off the register

Example queries:

  • Retired diagnostic radiographer, would like to help
  • Have heard on the news about the request for doctors and nurses who retired up to three years ago to return to work in the NHS in England and Wales during the covid-19 crisis.
    - Will retired radiographers be needed in this crisis?
  • I am a radiographer going through my return to practice process, can I be fast tracked back onto the register?

As of 20 March 2020:

The HCPC has opened a temporary register to help manage the Covid-19 crisis.

Registration on the Covid-19 temporary register is automatic if you have been off the register for less than three years. You should read all the information on the HCPC website before deciding whether to go ahead.

The HCPC guidance provides information on all aspects of returning into practice under the current crisis conditions.

If your name is on this list, and you would like to offer to support your profession in the Covid-19 pandemic, you do not need to do anything further with HCPC in order to practice.

You should contact your local employer either through their volunteer department, HR department, or directly to the clinical service manager. It is worth checking an organisation’s website to see if they have a ‘Covid hub’ because there may be a direct link for registered professionals to make contact.

You will need to make sure all HR processes are completed as required and abide by HCPC and SCoR guidance.

If you are already applying or considering applying to go back onto the register using the HCPC Return to Practice process, you still need to complete this to regain substantive registration.

Former registrants or retired registrants > 3 years off the register

Example queries:

  • Retired sonographer would like to do her bit
  • I’ve been out of radiography for 5ish years but would like to do my bit. Can I fast track back?
  • I retired when I was 67, so five years ago
  • I worked as a healthcare support worker and then a radiographer between 2004 and 2010.  I qualified as a radiographer in 2007, and was registered with the SoR in 2007/8. I then worked in France as a radiographer until 2010.  Please advise me:
    - Whether a similar request has been made or is anticipated for radiographers
    - How I should register my interest in volunteering or working in the NHS during the Covid-19 crisis
    - What provision is being made regarding professional indemnity insurance for returnees

Those who have been of the register more than three years will not be able to practice as radiographers without completing the HCPC standard return to practice process to regain their registration.

HCPC returning to practice information and SoR guidance.

You may want to consider this option should the staff crisis be prolonged.

Alternatively, you can return in a volunteer role, or even as paid staff using your skills and knowledge to release a radiographer into a more critical role. NHS Employers have written some useful information specifically relating to volunteer workers.

You should contact your local employer either through their volunteer department, HR Department or directly to the clinical service manager. It is worth checking an organisation’s website to see if they have a ‘Covid hub’ as there may be a direct link for retired professionals to make contact.

Radiographers working in other sectors/roles and still registered:

  • Currently working as radiographer at a vets for past 2 years, can I go back to NHS and help?
  • Radiographer working in industry but want to help
  • Registered radiographer and member of the SoR who has worked in the private sector for the last 15 years on a very part time basis. I was retired from the NHS in 2000. I want to do my bit to help the NHS

If you are already employed full-time, you will need to speak to your current employer regarding being released for other duties. You must clarify and understand the terms of your employment contract for both your current employer and your prospective employer. The SCoR TUIR department may be able to assist with specific queries.

For those in receipt of an NHS ill-health retirement pension, you should enquire either with NHS Pensions, or with the NHS pensions department at your proposed employer, to make sure any work you do, paid or voluntary, does not have an impact on your retirement arrangements.

The same information as we have shared with those being asked to work in other roles will apply to you as you move in to support services. You will need to take account of any additional training needs and professional practice considerations.

You should contact your local employer either through their volunteer department, HR department, or directly to the clinical service manager. It is worth checking an organisation’s website to see if they have a ‘Covid hub’ as there may be a direct link for retired professionals to make contact.

Professional indemnity insurance

The employer provides the primary public liability insurance and should have something in place for their volunteers. You should check this before you start work. Those of you who are SoR members will benefit from our PII as long as you meet the criteria.

We will provide updates on our website as soon as is possible and in response to publication of new guidance.

As the situation is ever-evolving, it is important to follow the changing local and government advice.

DBS and ID checking guidelines

The government has made temporary changes to guidelines for DBS and identification checks.

The change should only be implemented for urgent cases where it is not possible to follow the normal identity checking guidelines. 

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