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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for AHPs

Health Education England is working with the Chief Allied Health Professions (AHP) Officer and AHP leadership team across NHS England and NHS Improvement, Public Health England and partners to provide a system-wide response to COVID-19 from the allied health professions (AHPs).

Returning to Practice during the COVID-19 Pandemic

We are keen to encourage former HCPC registrants to return to practice and support our frontline staff during the COVID-19 Pandemic, therefore HEE will continue to provide support for HCPC registrants during this time.

If you have received a letter from the HCPC please follow their instructions. This will allow you to be temporary registered and practice under protected status. For those who wish to return to the register later, you will need to follow the HCPC RTP guidance.

It is still possible to return, support and provide your skills even though not registered with the HCPC by visiting the NHS website.

If you wish to RTP over the next year by using the HCPC guidance please continue visiting the pages.

Thank you for your support.

Health Education England is asking universities to contact their eligible Allied Health Professional (AHP) students to discuss their options for using their education programme to help with the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will soon be contacted by their university to discuss their options and will be asked if they would like to opt-in to undertake a paid employment opportunity with an NHS organisation.

Students will be provided with HEE guidance and a letter from the Associate Director for Education & Quality at Health Education England, Beverley Harden, and Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer (England), outlining how selected student AHPs at some stages of their training can opt to take up a paid NHS role.

View the student support guidance 

View the letter to students from Associate Director for Education & Quality at Health Education England, Beverley Harden, and Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer (England)

A joint statement was also released by the Chief Allied Health Professions Officers of the four nations, Chief Executive and Registrar of Health and Care Professions Council and Chair of Council of Deans of Health, on how they will support and enable the student allied health professional workforce to respond to the COVID-19.

Read the statement on the HCPC webpage here. 


We are working across the four nations on a combined response to support registrant, returner and student deployment to frontline clinical services.

Priorities over the past week have included:

 - Advising on the coronavirus bill of emergency measures put before Parliament.
 - Supporting new and existing AHP returnees.
 - Optional deployment of final year AHP students and supporting year 1/2 students. 
 - Supporting re-deployment of registered AHP staff working in the arms-length-bodies
 - Timely advice across the system.

The HCPC has developed a COVID-19 temporary register, of two parts to ensure there are no regulatory barriers to the following two groups practising on a temporary basis:

 - Former registrants who have de-registered within the last three years.
 - Final year students, on UK approved programmes, who have completed all their clinical practice placements.

The HCPC has created a COVID-19 hub with further advice and regular updates. A UK-wide joint letter to NHS providers and Chief AHPs has also been agreed by all four Chief AHP Officers, HCPC and Council of Deans, and was published and sent out to service this afternoon.

Regional HEE AHP Leads across England will support and advise on associated regional deployment processes.  

For queries contact: england.cahpo@nhs.net

This accelerated preceptorship guide is for use with newly qualified practitioners (NQPs) and Health Care Professionals (HCP's) on the HCPC Covid-19 temporary register in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The guidance is focused on how health and care organisations pan-London can support newly qualified practitioners (NQPs) and health care professionals (HCPs) on the Covid-19 temporary register.

Accelerated Preceptorship Covid-19

Resources for AHPs

Regularly updated summary resources for the allied health professions (AHP) workforce. These curate key published national guidance and updates in relation to COVID-19.

Access the resources here