Health Education England has updated its guidance on ending work opportunities and reintroducing standard placements for allied health professionals (AHPs).
All AHP students are required to complete practice placements as part of their pre-registration education programme. These placements are normally unpaid but to recognise the special circumstances and as part of the response to COVID-19, these clinical hours have been paid. NHS England and NHS Improvement is currently funding the monies for paid placements, which are arranged between the universities and placement providers.
It was committed at the outset of the pandemic to ensure AHP students were supported to complete their studies and to be ready to join the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) register. HEE is now looking at the transition back to standard placements enabling students to progress with their education programmes and has developed a set of FAQs.
For more information about the next steps on transitioning to standard unpaid placements and preparing for the cessation of the HCPC temporary register, read our dedicated COVID-19 guidance for NHS workforce leaders.