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Return to Practice (Allied Health Professionals)

Please Note: The application deadline for this vacancy has now passed.

Role Summary

Return to Practice

Come back to your profession with confidence. Enjoy a fully-funded return to role, a bespoke support package, preceptorship, buddy scheme, and excellent career progression.  Get back to delivering passionate patient care, learn at your pace with a flexible approach, and we’ll help you find your feet with a team that feels like family.

What do I need to do?

If you are no longer registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). We'll guide you through the process of re-registration and support you to build your clinical hours.

About the Role

Our offer to you

We offer a Band 3 paid role for those returning to registered healthcare careers which includes a fixed-term contract for the duration of your required supervised placement hours, a skills portfolio, and support to help you re-register with the HCPC.

There is no formal training programme linked to HCPC registration. Instead, you will be supported with a programme of learning that consists of on-the-job practice, and private study. You will have a practice supervisor who will work with you to sign off your clinical skills booklet and supervised hours. Once your skills booklet is completed and you are registered with the HCPC, you will be offered a permanent position at the Royal Devon on an agreement that you work with us for a minimum of two years.

You’ll also enjoy a competitive salary, generous annual leave, a flexible approach to work life balance, extensive learning and development opportunities and other benefits. You can strive for career progression at a pace you are comfortable with, and we have plenty of opportunities to help you achieve your career aspirations.

What support can I expect?

You won’t be doing this alone, we’ll help you build your confidence and settle in through our comprehensive Preceptorship Programme and nationally-recognised Buddy Scheme.

Your health and wellbeing are important to us, so alongside a full induction process and e-learning, we’ll also provide a refresher of how to take care of yourself in the work environment. Part of this process includes supporting you with updating your core competencies, essential training and clinical skills, and making sure you have everything you need to feel safe and supported at the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Further funding may be available for your training from Health Education England (HEE) for out-of-pocket expenses and relevant courses. Details of this are provided on application.

What’s involved in the Return to Practice programme?

The length of your return to practice placement hours depends on your length of time away from clinical practice.

  • If you have been out of practice for less than 2 years, there is no need to do any additional study or work experience. You can apply for relevant jobs straight away
  • Out of practice 2-5 years requires 30 days (210 hours) of updating skills
  • Out of practice 5+ years requires 60 days (420 hours) of updating skills

What to do next

To find out more about our excellent Return to Practice programme and discover how you can make a difference, contact us on the email below or visit our website here.

We are interested in hearing from both full and part-time applicants and are happy to discuss individual requirements.

Working Pattern: 22.5 - 37.5 hours per week, to be discussed upon interview

For further information please contact:

Preference will be given to staff with ‘Priority’ and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust reserves the right to close vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

The Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was established in April 2022, bringing together the expertise of both the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

About Us

Stretching across Northern, Eastern and Mid Devon, we have a workforce of over 15,000 staff, making us the largest employer in Devon. Our core services, which we provide to more than 615,000 people, cover more than 2,000 square miles across Devon, while some of our specialist services cover the whole of the peninsula, extending our reach as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

We deliver a wide range of emergency, specialist and general medical services through North Devon District Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford). Alongside our two acute hospitals, we provide integrated health and social care services across a variety of settings, including community inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and within people’s own homes. We also offer primary care services, a range of specialist community services, and Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC).

Our state-of-the-art equipment, leading technologies and strong links to local universities put us at the forefront of research and innovations, enabling us to provide world-class care to our local communities.

Our values are at the heart of everything we do, click here to find out more

It has never been a more exciting time to join the Royal Devon, as you will help to shape our services as we continue along our integration journey.


Looking after you is important to us.

We strive to help our staff create a healthy work-life balance through flexible working schemes and our family friendly policies.

If you are starting out in the NHS, you’ll start with 27 days paid annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising to 33 days plus bank holidays.

You will benefit from access to our own comprehensive occupational health services, including counselling, onsite wellbeing activities and groups.

We will work together to maintain a culture that develops and supports you and your team.

This might include funding for a care certificate, a degree or leadership qualifications. Or it might include days off to study, engage in CPD or rotational placements to help you hone your skills. Wherever you are heading in the NHS, we will help you get there.

Salary is not the only financial benefit

You will have access to an extensive range of staff discounts on shopping, fitness and leisure options and you can spread the cost of technology and home appliance purchases from major retailers. You will also have access to other benefits including:

  • National discount services such as the Blue Light Card and Health Service Discounts.
  • Salary sacrifice options including our OFSTED rated outstanding nursery onsite at Exeter
  • Car lease schemes.
  • The NHS Pension scheme (one of the most generous and comprehensive in the UK).
  • Cycle to work scheme

These are just a few of the benefits available – if the role is something you are interested in, we would love to hear from you.

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