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Return to practice

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Stint, Apr 2, 2012.

  1. Stint

    Stint Welcome New Poster

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    Hello, I am considering returning to work after a break of 8 years due to illness. Has anyone else been successful returning to practice after a lengthy break? I would need to complete 60 days formal training/ supervised practice/ private study. Any helpful suggestions gratefully received. I qualified in 1992 and have 12 years NHS/Private experience. Thanks
  2. JRB123

    JRB123 Active Member

    Hi there! I am in the same situation as you after an 8 year break! I have less NHS experience than you as I only have some private practice experience as shortly after graduating I moved to Australia. My children are now older and I am in the process of returning. I am about a third of the way through! I met another Podiatrist who was returning after 20 years so don't be daunted as there seems to be a few of us out there!
    I have found other podiatrists really helpful and supportive. I have shadowed some local pods. I have also been in contact with my old Uni (Brighton) and will be spending 4 weeks there after Easter. I have become an associate member with the Society (£355) and this will cover insurance for supervised practice. It also give you information about courses. There is some online courses with the Society that you can do at a reduced rate and will count as formal study. It has been a fairly expensive process as I have been travelling abit and formal study does cost abit. However there are ways of doing it cheaper. The society can send you a list of mentors and if you can find one locally you can go and do supervised practice there. There is no 'Set way' as such and you have to work out the best options for you and look at what your needs are. I think the University of Huddersfield offers a more structured return to practice type course.
    I must admit second time around I feel a renewed passion for Podiatry and am finding it all really interesting. I am really hoping to be registered again by the summer.
    Let's keep in touch to swap information! I am always looking for courses and opportunities at the moment and we can share tips!
    Good luck!
  3. Stint

    Stint Welcome New Poster

    Hi JRB123, Thank you for your reply. So nice to know I am not alone. I think the next step for me will be to see my GP and just check that they think I'm fit enough to return to work. I had to give up work due to an injury to my hand, but recent treatment has restored the strength and sensation in my hand and got me thinking about returning to work. I will need to see if my manual dexterity is up to the job. I have missed Podiatry so much, and can't think of anything else I would rather be doing. I will certainly contact the Society of Chiropodists to gather some information, and joining as an associate member for insurance purposes does seem like a very good option. I will also get in touch with UWIC where I qualified to see if they can help at all. I live in Wales so it is still the closest School of Podiatry to me.

    Good luck with your studies too, keep me posted!
  4. Catfoot

    Catfoot Well-Known Member

    Hello Stint,
    Before you return to practice you'll need to check out the Health Professions Council requirements - more info here :- http://www.hpc-uk.org/registrants/readmission/

    I believe that the SCP have a programme to help Members return to work If you have maintained your registration they will be able to help you with this.

    Good luck

  5. Katie Cston

    Katie Cston Welcome New Poster

    Hi just reading your story, sounds similar to me in the length of experience. How did you find studying ? I feel overwhelmed with everything I will have to re- learn.

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