On the 28th August the Government in alliance with the Department of Health and Health Education England (HEE) announced an initiative to support Allied Health Professions including paramedics to return to work. Using the successful footprint of a pilot ran in the East Midlands by HEE the programme is to be expanded across all of England. The aim of the programme is to support AHPs including paramedics to return to the workplace. The programme can support paramedics whose Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration has lapsed or those who have not registered with the HCPC for over 5 years since qualifying. The programme will allow them to return to the register. The programme is looking to signpost lapsed returnees with placements at potential employers. This could lead to employment opportunities. Both returnees and provider with have access to resources of financial support and advise.
Using the learning from the East Midland project returnees will be given access to past and present returners for support. The programme is looking for providers/employers to support paramedics with clinical placement days to allow them to update their skills and knowledge in line with the HCPC guidance of return to practice. If you think your service could support a returnee or you are aware of any paramedics looking to return to practice visit http://tinyurl.com/ycsecmj4 for further information.
The programme has a target of 80 returnees to support by March 2018 and a further 220 between April 2018 and March 2019. For further information email Paul Chapman National Lead for Return to Practice (AHP & HCS) @ Paul.Chapman@hee.nhs.uk