What the professional declaration means
The professional declaration confirms whether you:
- Have continued to practise your profession since your last registration; or
- Have not practised your profession since your last registration, but have met the HCPC’s return to practice requirements.
You must indicate which of these applies to you by selecting one of the two options during the renewal process. If neither applies, you are not be eligible for registration.
Return to practice requirements
If you have been out of practice for more than two years, you are considered 'returning to practice'. Rather than renewing your registration, you'll need to apply for readmission by completing a Returners to Practice pack. As part of your return, you'll need to undertake a period of updating your skills and knowledge before you can become re-registered.
To apply through this route, you'll need to meet the following conditions.
- You have practised since your last registration
- You continue to meet the HCPC’s standards of proficiency for the safe and effective practice of your profession
- Since your last registration there has been no change relating to your good character (this includes any conviction or caution, if any, that you are required to disclose), or any change to your health that may affect your ability to practise safely and effectively
- You continue to meet the HCPC's standards for continuing professional development