Return to Practice Guidance

RCCP, in line with HCPC, suggests that a career break of up to five years, provided CPD is maintained, will enable the post holder to return to practice without further training. In practice, we would expect that most employers will want to provide some return to practice training and in-house competency assessment. Information relating to this activity should be mentioned in the reference provided in the return to practice application to the Register. Any practitioner that has a career break of more than five years will be expected to provide evidence of return to practice training and competency assessment. The length of any such training will be proportionate to the length of career break but will typically be from six months upward. You are also required to obtain a reference from your employer to demonstrate you are competent to undertake your role.


If returning to practice after a significant career break, our requirements mean that you can decide to update your skills and knowledge in a way that is most convenient and beneficial for you. The updating period can comprise a combination of supervised practice, formal study and private study.


We recognise that it might not always be possible to access a period of supervised practice and that particular return to practice courses may not be available in certain areas; which is why we have tried to be as flexible as possible with our requirements.  

If you choose to undertake private study, this should be no more than half of the updating period. The remaining period can be made up with any combination of supervised practice and formal study. The updating period has to take place within six months of the date in which the application is made to come back onto the Register.