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Sandra Kingsley's RTP story

Sandra Kingsley's RTP story

Sandra Kingsley returned to practice in 2017 after a career break to have children. She was supported through the HEE scheme.

"I originally trained at Northampton and qualified in 1995. I had worked constantly as a Podiatrist, predominantly in the NHS. I had my first child in 2013 and made a decision in 2015 to come off the HCPC register as I had not been back to work since I had my first daughter and was expecting my second child. 

"I decided to return to practice towards the end of 2017 as I needed to get back to work and looked at what jobs I could do, but nothing sparked my interest the way Podiatry always had, and many jobs do not have the flexibility options to fit around bringing up young children. 

"I emailed my previous NHS Podiatry Manager who at first suggested I contact a university that trains podiatrists as a way back. Then she happened to receive the details of the HEE return to practice scheme, which she kindly forwarded to me. 

"Thankfully I was given a placement by my previous employer to enable me to complete the supervised practice. It took almost a full year for me to complete the 60 days’ worth of retraining to become re-registered because of delays in starting the supervised practice. This was due to HR processes and difficulties which made it a bit of an uphill struggle for the Podiatry department, and because I could not do full time hours having small children to look after. 

"Apart from the length of time it took, I really enjoyed studying, as much as when I first trained. Getting back to treating patients and learning from and working with a great department of podiatrists was fabulous. I am now back working with these colleagues in South Warwickshire Foundation Trust as a Bank Podiatrist, which gives me the flexibility to make work/family life a lot easier. I am really grateful for all the help and mentoring they provided me with.

"To anyone considering the Return to Practice process I would give nothing but encouragement to undertake it, which is what I received by the scheme leaders and fellow Returnees of all disciplines via a Facebook group. It was worth the time and hard work in the end, and great to be back in the Podiatry profession."