AHP Return to practice at WHH

Are you a qualified Allied Health Professional (AHP) looking to return to practice with us? Do you need help with getting back on the HCPC register? This page will tell you everything you need to know!
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Appointment Form

If you have been given an outpatient appointment at the hospitals and are unable to attend for whatever reason you can use the form below.

It is really important that you let us know of any changes as soon as possible. This means we can offer the original appointment to another patient.

Please complete the form below with your contact details and as much information as possible. You can find most of the information we need on your appointment letter.

If you have any problems using this form, please call the number on your appointment letter and we will do our best to help you. You will receive a response from us so you know it has been received and actioned.

If you wish to change the date and time of your appointment you, you can click the re-book option and state any dates that are not suitable for you, or you can contact us using the number on your appointment letter.

Who is an AHP?

Our Trust employs several AHPs – Dietitians, Diagnostic Radiographers, Occupational Therapists, Operating Department Practitioners, Orthotists, Orthoptists, Physiotherapists and Speech and Language Therapists.

What is Return to Practice? And who can do it...

Any former AHP with a professional healthcare qualification from the UK or from overseas with a qualification that is recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), that has been off the register for more than two years can be supported to return to practice.

A period of updating skills and knowledge needs to be undertaken, which includes a combination of formal study, private study and supervised practice. There are a minimum number of hours a person will need to complete to update their skills/knowledge, depending on the time they have been off the HCPC register:

  • 0-2 years out of your profession - no requirements
  • 2-5 years out of your profession - 30 days of updating
  •  > 5 years out of your profession - 60 days of updating
What are the advantages of returning to practice with us?
  • We offer supervised placements which are a great way to build your confidence in the workplace after a gap from the working environment
  • We value your past working experience and life experience and take these into account when arranging your supervised practice placement
  • Returning on a voluntary route provides you flexibility to balance your home and work commitments.
  • WHH employs qualified AHPs and clinical support workers and there are several opportunities for employment in both staff groups.
What can we offer?

Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals can support with providing a supervised practice which will help to fulfil the number of hours required to return to practice. We can discuss your needs and if appropriate, arrange a suitable placement within your profession. You will be supervised and supported during the placement by a clinician who is employed at WHH.

Do you need to have worked for WHH before?

No. We welcome AHP professionals from any background to complete their Return to Practice updating with us.

Is there funding support available?

WHH will employ you as a volunteer. You are encouraged to register with Health Education England, who will pay up to £800 to support any appropriate HCPC registrant returning to practice.

Please follow the below link for more information:

Return to Practice: allied health professionals, healthcare scientists and practicing psychologists | Health Education England (hee.nhs.uk)

How to apply

Before applying, you need to consider which areas interest you, your career aspirations and where you feel you may be most suited in accordance with your previous skills and experience. To express your interest or find out more information please email the Practice Educator Facilitator team on Whh.pef@nhs.net.


You can also follow our AHP twitter account: @WHHAHPS

What people have said about returning to WHH...

"I have always known that I wanted to return to the job that I love, and I couldn’t imagine being anything other than an OT. However, trying to return to practice as well as being a full-time mum is extremely challenging. I have been very fortunate to return to a Trust that I spent many years working at, and I therefore have the confidence in them and hope they have in me to become a once again valued member of the Trust. I am finding the journey extremely positive as I am reflecting on my practice and areas that I need to revisit, and I feel fortunate to be given the time and opportunity to do so." Alison


"I decided to return to practice in 2016 after a period of bringing up my children. I contacted the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists initially who signposted me to the HCPC. for face-to-face experience I worked as an SLT in Salford one day a week (unpaid) with the manager supervising me. I completed the required hours in 6 months, but it was pretty intensive! I was lucky as I was kept on in Salford for one day a week (paid). This experience then allowed me to secure another part time position which then gave me more experience to get a full-time position in Warrington." Sheila