The following checklist is designed to give you an overview of the key areas you need to consider when supporting individuals returning to practice after a period of absence.
The SoR can provide dedicated support to help navigate the process. Once you have familarised yourself with our checklist, book an appointment (via [email protected]) to speak with Sue Johnson or Spencer Goodman, SoR Professional Officers.
- Welcome contact from returnees; they are potential new staff!
- Consider facilitating active recruitment for returnees in your area, for example:
- display posters in departments or local area
- include reference to return to practice radiographers in job adverts
- advertise in local press
- Devise a process for managing return to practice enquiries and ensure all staff are aware of this, e.g.
- have a single point of contact for all queries and promote this on your website
- have clear criteria to ensure all potential returnees have equality of access to return to practice support
- identify an individual to manage returnees and support them in understanding the HCPC requirements for a returnee
- Identify the type of contract/agreement to be offered and any other HR requirements including indicative timescales, e.g.
- honorary contract
- volunteers contract
- substantive/temporary paid contract (clear endpoint should HCPC registration not be achieved)
- letter of agreement
- requirements for evidence of identification
- requirements for personal references
- requirement for a Disclosure and Barring certificate
- requirements of any occupational health assessments/declarations
- requirements for any mandatory training
- uniform policy or dress code
- Arrange access to IT resources e.g. to access e-learning for health modules, mandatory training or library resources
- Utilise practice educators for advice and support. It is worth looking outside of radiography to seek support from the broader employers education and training Department
- Identifying a mentor for each returnee and a line manager for day-to-day support
- Develop a framework/timetable to support the returnee and your staff
- Document for the returnee what you can provide, any limitations, end points, feedback processes etc
- Identify local support available, e.g.
- local education committee/funds
- other professions RTP sessions
- practice educators
- mandatory/optional training courses etc
- Celebrate and share your successes with your employer and via Synergy or as a case study on the SoR website (via this form)
NHS HEE Webinar
Return to practice: supporting AHP workforce supply across systems (06/10/2020, NHS HEE)