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Certificate - Return to Practice for HCPC Professionals

This course provides a structured approach for professionals who have previously been registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to undertake knowledge and practice-focused learning, in order to complete the self-directed process of returning to practice as set out by the HCPC (2017).


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Course Overview

Students returning to the HCPC register are required to complete a period of updating, the length of which is dependent on how long you have been out of practice. The HCPC (2017) Returning to Practice guidance identifies a period of updating can include a combination of formal study, supervised practice and self-study, with the self-study element not making up more than 50% of the total updating period. HCPC registrants who have been out of practice for 2 – 5 years (as defined by the HCPC (2017)) need to complete 30 days of updating (210 hours). Registrants who have been out of practice for more than 5 years need to complete a period of 60 days updating (420 hours). This module provides a structure within which HCPC professionals can fulfil the requirements to return to the HCPC register, supported by an employer, who will provide a period of supervised practice.

On this course you will...

  • Develop skills that allow you to practise as a confident and competent clinician.
  • Study online, with the ability to bring your own clinical practice into your learning environment alongside other healthcare professionals in their fields of practice.
  • Enhance your own clinical expertise and professional development with the flexibility to negotiate your own learning hours.
  • Be involved in a stimulating and challenging academic and scholarly environment for you to advance your academic and professional development, with support of our encouraging team.

Course Structure

What you will learn

- Study skills, evidence-based practice, reflection and critical analysis skills; digital literacy
- Updating on current health and social care structures, policy and governance frameworks
- Updating on the legal, professional and regulatory aspects of students’ profession-specific practice
- Patient safety, safeguarding, consent, data protection and information sharing
- Equality, diversity and inclusion
- Public health and health promotion
- Teamwork, leadership and management
- Profession-specific clinical skills updating

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