Return to Practice for Allied Health Professionals

Return to practice for Allied Health Professionals

Welcome to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) Return to Practice programme for AHPs:

  • Have you previously been registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC)?
  • Have you been out of practice for more than two years?
  • Did you receive a HCPC approved qualification more than 5 years ago but not register with HCPC at that time?
  • Are you looking for an opportunity to update your skills and knowledge and return to the register?
  • Are you unsure what to do next?

Well, look no further!

What we offer

What we offer:

  • At CPFT we welcome enquires from professionals who wish to return to practice and who we will endeavour to support in becoming registered with the HCPC again.
  • We have a wide range of clinical placements across all geographical areas available in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Huntingdon and Fenland regions.
  • We offer supervised practice which is a great way to build your confidence in the workplace after a gap from the working environment. We can offer supervised practice via an honorary contract (voluntary/unpaid) or employer led (paid) routes. You will be supervised and supported during the placement by a clinician of your own profession.
  • As a returnee on an employer led route you will be offered a Return to Practice Practitioner role at PayScale band 4 (as per Agenda for Change).
  • Returning on an honorary (voluntary) contract provides flexibility to balance your home and work commitments whilst gaining confidence and completing the clinical hours you need.
  • We will work with you to try and find a suitable opportunity to help you on your journey.  
  • We value your past works experience and life experience.
  • We provide access to our e-learning platform and other Continuous Professional Development opportunities to help build your knowledge and skills.

What we need from you

What we need from you:

  • Register your interest in retuning to practice at CPFT by completing this Microsoft Expression  of Interest (EOI) form, which will be sent to the Workforce, Education and Development team.
  • Although not mandated by HCPC, returnees are encouraged to register with the NHS England (NHS E) Return to Practice Programme which provides several resources for clinical, academic and *financial support - Return to Practice: allied health professionals, healthcare scientists and practising psychologists | Health Education England (
  • Complete  occupational health assessment, ID checks, Trust Induction, local induction, mandatory training and contracted hours (as per contract).
  • Promote and uphold our CPFT values throughout your contract.
  • Complete updating skills and knowledge within 24 months* to be able to re-register with the HCPC. (*Timeframe set by HCPC).

HCPC Return to Practice Guidance

Returning to practice is a self-directed process. To become registered, you will be required, to complete a minimum number of hours to update your clinical skills and knowledge, please see below:

HCPC Return to Practice - Updating knowledge and skills requirements

Time out of practice /

Time unregistered

Minimum time required to update skills & knowledge.

The required timeframes can be made up of supervised practice, formal study or private study (No more than 50% of the total hours can be private study).

Up to 2 years

No Return to Practice requirements

2 to 5 years

30 days (210 hours)

Over 5 years

60 days (420 hours)


Please note , if you have any fitness/condition to practice issues cited against you by the HCPC you would not be eligible to return to practice. Hence, we do ask for HCPC registration status letter which you can get by emailing HCPC on .

*As part of NHS England HCPC Return to Practice Programme you may be able to claim up to £800 from NHS England for your out of pocket expenses - Supporting your study and financing | Health Education England (

Allied Health Professional Return to Practice Testimonials

 ‘’I would like to thank you all for your support and guidance throughout this process which has made this possible for me.’’

Madhulika Nahata RtP Dietician

Back on HCPC register October 2023

 “For me, the support I found most helpful was having friendly and accessible manager and placement coordinator at a time when the pandemic meant that I rarely got to see other team members. Since I had the break, the landscape in the NHS is different for many reasons but having sympathetic support has proven invaluable. I have also appreciated being given the opportunity to work on a short-term contract.”

Helkias Mapimhidze, RtP Physiotherapist

Back on HCPC register August 2022


 ‘’I completed my RTP within the Staff Well Being Service. I approached the lead OT and provided her with the information required and sought support and guidance from Debi Andrew who was assisting the RTP AHP at the time.’’

Danica Tracey RtP Occupational therapist

Back on HCPC register April 2022

Stephanie Griggs :  Return to Practice [pdf] 120KB

Back on HCPC register September 2023

Return to Practice for Nursing

   Always a Nurse

Return to practice for nursing

Welcome to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) return to practice programme for nurses.

  • Have you previously been registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)?
  • Has your NMC registration lapsed and are looking for a supportive environment to return to the NMC register?
  • Are you caring and driven, sharing our passion for delivering excellent patient care and can work as part of a team?
  • Would you like the opportunity to discuss the opportunities available and your next steps?


If so, we would love to hear from you!

CPFT is a community and mental health Trust with opportunities across all fields of nursing and a wide geographical area.

The return to practice programme, delivered by Anglia Ruskin University, comprises of both theory and practice and the number of practice hours that you will need to complete will depend on how long you have been off the NMC register. This will vary and will be a minimum of 150 hours and the programme will take three to twelve months to complete. During the programme you will either receive £1000 from Health Education England to support you to complete your placement or you can choose our employer led model in which you can apply via our CPFT vacancies page and receive a regular salary whilst training and working within one of our experienced teams.

We will support you to identify an opportunity that works for you and most importantly enables you to return to the NMC register.  Once you have re-registered with the NMC, you will be enrolled onto our preceptorship programme to further support your ongoing development.

For further information on the requirements for returning to the register for nurses please see below:

To register your interest in retuning to practice please click on the link below to complete a form which will then be sent to the Workforce, Education and Development Team for review.


Meet our RTP Nursing team

As a patient

As a patient, relative or carer using our services, sometimes you may need to turn to someone for help, advice, and support. 

Patient Advice and Liaison service  Contact the Trust