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.

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  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
ii.short courses and study days
e. Access to a searchable list of SoR publications and 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:
for general National health policy information.  Many government produced documents are stored here
NHS specific information on a range of work-related topics
NHS choices : Information on services and up to date health resources
Evidence-based guidance documents
Council for Allied Health Professions Research
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
Links to College of Radiographers recommended e-learning resources
ii. e-Learning for Health Portal A range of e-learning modules suitable for radiographers.
e-LfH suggest asking your clinical support manager to contact them requesting access before you get an NHS email address - you may not get it as they prefer you to have an NHS address but it's worth asking. You may be eligible for an OpenAthens account (ask in the hospital library) as well, which will give you full free access.
Failing that ‘Image interpretation’ is £100 per year for a single user
All modules sit under that umbrella, so you can access lots of different areas.

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)

SoR Members (general tweets on information relevant for radiographers)

Charlotte Beardmore (Director of Professional Practice SoR)

Richard Evans (CEO of SoR)

WeAHPs Twitter community of Allied health professionals

ii. Facebook - ]
1. search for Facebook groups focused on your specialist area
2. Follow

iii. Blog sites
1. Follow ‘radiography bloggers’ or specialist area bloggers
Examples of bloggers

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