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Return to Practice AHP

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East Lancashire - Various Locations
Unpaid honorary contract
06/07/2023 23:59

At East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care.  We currently provide high quality services and treat over 600,000 people across East Lancashire and the surrounding area. We employ over 9,500 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work.

Job overview

ELHT is a proactive, supportive trust with strong AHP leadership. We are offering a supported Return to Practice programme for qualified AHPs looking to return to practice. If you have previously been on the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) register and live in the East Lancashire and neighbouring areas, we want to hear from you.

What we offer

Our Return to Practice Programme, includes supervised placement practice, formal continued professional development, a supervision record and peer support to enable subsequent application for HCPC re-registration.

  • Support throughout the programme and during recruitment process
  • Professional development opportunities across the trust
  • Friendly and supportive colleagues
  • The opportunity to apply for registered roles within the trust on achievement of your HCPC registration.


We offer a flexible programme of Return to Practice and are interested in hearing from both full and part-time applicants and are happy to discuss individual requirements. We would love to hear from the following:

  • Dietitians
  • Occupational Therapists
  • ODPs
  • Orthoptists
  • Orthotists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Podiatrists
  • Prosthetists or Orthotists
  • Radiographers – Diagnostic
  • Speech and Language Therapists



Main duties of the job


Your specific return to practice requirements will be discussed, and placements offered if we are able to meet your individual needs.

Placements would be in a supervised capacity within the appropriate professional team.

What we need from you

You will be required to:

·       Register with the HEE Return to Practice Programme where HEE have funding available to support your Return to Practice.

·       Complete Trust Induction

·       Complete contracted hours

·       Complete the supervision record evidencing your updated skills and knowledge

·       Promote the trust values throughout your contract.

Please complete this application and contact Alison Turner, Associate Director for Allied Health Professions and Health Care Sciences for an informal discussion regarding Return to Practice opportunities in East Lancashire.

Base Location: TBC but bases include East Lancashire acute or community settings

 Please note - this vacancy is for professions recognised by the HCPC and will be in the form of an unpaid Honorary Contract position. In some circumstances a fixed term contract as a support worker may be possible dependent upon the needs of the service.  You can apply for a Health Education England award of £800 to support you in your Return to Practice.                                                                                                                        

Working for our organisation


Established in 2003 East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust is a large integrated health care organisation providing high quality acute secondary healthcare for the people of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen. 

Our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care.  We currently provide high quality services and treat over 700,000 patients a year from the most serious of emergencies to planned operations and procedures. We employ over 8,000 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work and achievements.

Be part of the team: ELHT employs over 700 AHPs working across a range of clinical areas. There is a strong culture of supporting and developing our AHPs with a portfolio preceptorship offer for those returning to practice


Detailed job description and main responsibilities


You will be responsible for

·       applying to HCPC to start the return to practice process

·       completing your period of Return to Practice placement

·       completing a portfolio record of your practice

·       working within your professional competencies

·       working within your professional scope of practice

·       adhering to the HCPC code of conduct and professional practice

·       submitting your portfolio and finalising your application with HCPC

·       agreeing your placement and development needs with your supervisor

·       working within the policies and procedures of ELHT and the relevant AHP department

·       working under the supervision of your supervisor to deliver AHP services


Person specification

Relevant AHP Degree

Essential criteria
  • Previous Qualification

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Alison Turner
Job title
Associate Director for AHPs
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