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Return to practice

Public Health professionals who wish to return to practice following a break of nine months or more should follow FPH Return to practice policy. This policy includes the requirements for assessment, refresher training and Continuing Professional Development (CPD). CPD is a requirement for all public health professionals and a compulsory element of revalidation.


The main objective of this policy is to ensure a personal development plan is in place for the returnee, taking into account the length of time away from work, previous levels of experience and essential skills and competencies for their specific area of practice. This will ensure the returnee can be reinstated into the FPH’s CPD scheme.

Examples of reasons for prolonged absence from the workplace include, but are not limited to:

  • Maternity/paternity/adoption leave
  • Health – physical and mental
  • Sabbatical leave/approved career break
  • Carers leave
  • Charitable work overseas
  • Suspension by Trust or GMC

Published: June 2015.


Further information:

Return to practice guidance – Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

Medical Women’s Federation – Return to Work Advice






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