Returnee to Practice (Occupational Therapy) (RTP)

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About Returnee to Practice (Occupational Therapy) at University of Derby

This module is designed in accordance with theHealth and Care Professions Council(HCPC) return to practice requirements, supporting you in applying for admission/readmission to the HCPC register upon successful completion,as long as you meet theHCPC's requirements.

  • Reflect on your current learning needs and design a bespoke learning contract to help prepare you for current practice
  • Explore the theoretical underpinnings of the profession, models, approaches and core skills
  • Increase your confidence levels to meet the current requirements of an occupational therapist
  • Study flexibly via distance learning, enabling you to study from home.

If you are an occupational therapist wishing to return to practice after a career break, you'll need to make sure you're competent to do so, and be able to meet the return to practice requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

This course is designed to be studied alongside a placement, and provides a structured way to meet the requirements of the HCPC, which includes supervised practice and formal study.

Bespoke learning

This course will allow you to reflect on your current learning needs and enable you to design a bespoke learning contract which helps you prepare for current practice. With the support of your personal tutor you will study a wide range of topics so we can be sure you're up to date with contemporary Occupational Therapy practice, confident with the current issues that apply to your area of practice, as well as developing your knowledge of wider health and social care policies.

Develop your skills

This level 6 course will facilitate critical thinking, improve your writing and address essential IT skills, which are all essential in the work place. It will also explore the theoretical underpinnings of the profession, models, approaches and core skills which will serve to enhance your confidence to articulate our unique contribution in the health and social care. Since reflective practice is an essential component of all practice, reflection will be a key focus allowing you to develop or refresh your skills in this area.

This course provides formal study, but requires you to organise your own placement in a setting where you will have the support of a qualified Occupational Therapist registered with the HCPC who agrees to be your clinical mentor. This can be either in a voluntary capacity or as a paid, unqualified member of staff and it can be in a setting where you have previously worked or are hoping to work.

This is a stimulating course, alongside your placement, will allow you to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to return to practice.

We're proud to say that our courses are closely mapped against the health and social care sector. This ensures that our curriculum is up-to-date, providing you with the assurance that your learning is current and relevant. This does mean that we do have to respond to national changes such as government policy. As a result, some of the information about our courses may change. Please check the website for the latest information.

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Entry requirements

  • You will need to be a qualified occupational therapist who has previously been registered with the HCPC before you can start this course and will need to provide us with yourHCPC number/copy of your previous registration.
  • You will need to organise andhave confirmationof a placement, a minimum of 30 days with an HCPC registered occupational therapist. Your placement will need to be preferably at least 3 days a week (a minimum of 2 days a week in exceptional circumstances) and be in confirmed and in place to start on or before the beginning of the module, we will need to seeevidence of this from your placement provider e.g. an email or letter confirming everything is in place.
  • You will need to acquire any appropriate DBS/other clearances required by your placement setting, as arranged with your placement setting and have this in place as part of the confirmation of your placement.
  • You will also needtwo referenceswhich reflect the values of the NHS constitution.
  • You will need to submit A short reflective essay (800 words) evaluating why you wish to return to practice and how our module will assist you in this aim(correctly referenced using the Harvard system)

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