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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 30/06/2022.

Return to Practice Allied Health Professional

Job Reference: 323-DBG2106

Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Inpatient Therapies
£21,396 - £22,866 pa Inc. HCAS

Our vision at Ashford & St Peter’s is to provide an outstanding experience and outcomes for patients and staff.

There has never been a better time to join us in the NHS at Ashford & St Peters Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. We provide acute and planned inpatient and outpatient care for our local community with a strong commitment to staff health and wellbeing. We are committed to providing continuous professional development, staff benefits and flexibility to shape our workforce around our patient care.

We are offering a supported Return to Practice Programme for Allied Health Professionals.

If you’re a qualified AHP looking to return to practice, have previously been on the HCPC register and would like to work in Surrey, then we want to hear from you.

We offer a flexible programme of Return to Practice and are interested in hearing from potential returnees. We are happy to discuss individual requirements.

We would love to hear from the following:

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

What we offer:

Supervised placement practice

Formal CPD

A competency portfolio

Peer support to enable subsequent application for HCPC re-registration

Support throughout the programme and during the recruitment process

Professional development opportunities across the Trust

Friendly and Supportive Colleagues

The opportunity to apply for registered roles within the Trust upon the achievement of your HCPC registration

NHS staff benefits and discounts

Wellbeing package

Flexible hours according to service needs and re-registration requirements.

Please note - this vacancy is for professions recognised by the HCPC and will be in the form of an Honorary Contract position. In some circumstances a Bank contract as a support worker may be possible.

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 competency portfolio evidencing your updated skills and knowledge
    • Promote the Trust values throughout your contract

Job description

Main responsibilities

To be discussed in detail on application, dependent on experience and qualifications.

We’d be delighted to her from the following professionals:

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

Return to practice FAQ's

1- Does my competency need to be assessed?

Don’t forget, returners hold a qualification, they just need to re-gain their registration with the HCPC to use a protected title.

Returners submit their evidence of updating and self-declare they are fit and competent to practice.

Return to Practiceis self-led by the returners, they identify gaps in their own knowledge and skills and come up with an action plan. The placement organisation or supervisor just ‘signs off’ their days of supervised practice or spent undertaking study.

Can I assess and treat patients, even in the community

Yes, youcan see patients. Remember, returners are qualified,Return to Practiceis an opportunity to refresh not start from scratch. It is common for returners to have an honorary contract, you are supernumerary under the supervision of a qualified professional.

Returners have so much experience that can make a big difference to patients, clients, carers and their families.

Can I go on an honorary contract? what about a DBS and Occupational Health Check?

Yes. Honorary contracts are used for individuals who aren’t employed directly but will carry out work in the organisation. The honorary contracts allow the host organisation to check and provide DBS and Occupational Health Checks as part of the recruitment process, which is a requirement for supervised practice.

Returners do not need to completea university course or be affiliated to them -honorary contracts offer supernumerary status under the supervision of a qualified professional and the necessary indemnity and insurances.

Can I be a paid employment role of volunteering post as evidence of Return to Practice days?

Yes! Any paid employment or volunteering that you undertake within your scope of practice alongside a member of your own profession can be used to counttowards your hours on theReturn to Practiceprogramme and submitted to the HCPC as evidence for registration.

Do I need my notes couter signing or what do I sign as?

It isn’t mandatory, but is recommended to sign all records with your name, profession and‘Returner to Practice’as your title. It’s also good practice for supervisors to check and debriefReturn to Practicenotes. Organisations using digital signatures may need to provide access to clinical systems and use system and process such a Smartcards to record the digital signatures.

Can I get funding?

Funding is available to support formal study, private study and supervised practice. Returners can claim for out of pocket expenses to undertake supervised practice and to puttowards formal or informal study.

7 -Can I use support worker roles toReturn to Practice?

Yes! Many returners who are qualified clinicians use support worker roles to update their skills. Check theNHS jobs websitesfor potential roles that may accommodate you. The other common route is working voluntarily with an organisation under an honorary contract.

8-I don’t know where to start!

YourReturn to Practicecan be a mixture of private study, formal courses and supervised practice. The HCPCalso has information/guidance and forms to download for you to start filling in to help you with your return to practice documentation and evidence building ready for submission.

Check the standards of proficiency for your profession, work out your gaps, needs and draft a learning plan, remember HCPC registration is a self-declaration of competency, any signatories are not signing you off as competent – you decide that.

TheReturn to Practiceprogramme can provide free access to the e-learning for health modules and access to our closedReturn to PracticeFacebook Page and a wealth of support.

Please contact Kate Colban on should you require further information.


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Staff Benefits

Flexible working: We want all staff to have a good life/work balance and we will support you to have a working pattern that meets your needs and helps us to provide our services in ways that best suit the needs of our patients.

We are Ofsted registered day nurseries at Ashford and St Peter’s sites, catering for children from 3 months to 5 years, and half-term play-schemes for primary school age children, open from 8am to 6pm.

We have car parking on all our sites and a new multi-storey car park on the St Peter’s site. We have onsite accommodation in shared flats or houses.

The NHS Pension scheme helps you to build your pension for when you retire. You receive tax relief on the contributions you make while you are working and the Trust makes a financial contribution as well. The NHS pension scheme has benefits that will support you and your family when you retire.

Career pathways: we support our staff to develop their careers and will ensure that you can access support, training and development to progress and fulfil your potential at ASPH

There are a number of staff benefit schemes running to support wellbeing such as salary sacrifice, discount schemes and cycle to work schemes.

ASPH Wellbeing support includes a brand new Wellbeing hub that features an on-site gym as part of the recreation area, offering exercise classes or use of the gym for free following induction, as well as a relaxation area. We have multi-faith centres on both hospital sites.

Find out more by visiting the guide and links that can be found to the right of this advert.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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