This page details the requirements necessary to apply for the Clinical Placement (CP) and Medical Performers List (MPL) with regards to the Return to Practice (RtP) programme.
Apply to Primary Care Support England (PCSE)
You must complete the online application form, which is to be sent to your local NHSE/I team.
Prior to starting the Clinical Placement the following checks are required:
Occupational Health Check
Applicants must provide an occupational health screening ‘fit to practise’ declaration from a Safe Effective Quality Occupational Health Service (SEQOHS) accredited occupational health provider, or one that is seeking accreditation. A list of accredited SEQOHS providers is available on the SEQOHS website.
A fee will be payable, and applicants should contact them in good time to arrange an appointment as the service does get booked up.
If you cannot access a SEQOHS provider, NHSE/I will normally accept Occupational Health clearance from an NHS Occupational Health provider, but please check with them first.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
You must provide an up-to-date enhanced DBS certificate and have registered for the online update service. In addition, you are also required to complete the following requirements:
- you must register for the online update service within 19 days of your DBS certificate being issued or you can register at the time of making the DBS applications (you will need the number of your application form.) There is an annual fee, and you should opt for this to be automatically renewed each year
- if you have worked abroad in the last 5 years you will also need to obtain a Police Check from that country. This can be requested through the Embassy of the country where you worked
- if you do not have a current DBS certificate and registration for the online updates when you apply for the MPL, then you will need to have another DBS check. This is the most common cause for delay with applications for the MPL and you should start the DBS application process at the earliest opportunity, usually when you apply to take the Multiple Choice Questionnaire (MCQ)
- you will be able to reclaim some of the costs of this from the NRO. For further information, please see the financial support and funding page. Alternatively, a list of the umbrella bodies recommended by the Home Office for supporting applicants with their DBS application is available on the Government website
The local NHSE/I team may be able to advise you of appropriate local links for both the Occupational Health Check and a local umbrella body for the DBS check. Contact your local branch for further assistance.
References will need to be provided as part of your application to the Return to Practice (RtP) programme and PCSE to join the MPL. The references required by HEE will normally be the same as those for your application to join the MPL.
The HEE programme requires that you provide two clinical references covering the last two years.
Please ask your referees to complete the Clinical Reference form and return it to the HEE local Lead who is managing your RtP programme application.
If you don’t have recent clinical referees, a full explanation as to why this is the case and the names and addresses of two alternative referees should be provided, and you should ask them to complete the Non-Clinical References form.
References should not be sent to the GP NRO.
Page last reviewed: 21 July 2022
Next review due: 21 July 2023