Leave of Absence

Maternity/Paternity, Practice Leave, Sabbaticals and Leave of Absence Guidance

Please note: Accreditation is of current practice. Members are required to be in practice at the time of application.

Members are entitled to take time out from clinical and supervised practice.

When a period of leave is known to be coming up, members should contact the BABCP via accreditation@babcp.com giving the dates of the start of the leave and, if known, return to practice dates. Please quote your membership number and name.

The time out of practice will then be simply discounted in terms of working out due dates and requirements within the Accreditation or Reaccreditation processes. You are not expected to do CPD or receive supervision while you are off.

If you are provisionally accredited, the due date for your Full Accreditation will be extended so you can show twelve months of supervised practice – the twelve months don’t have to be consecutive.

If you are fully accredited, you will not be invited to make your online declaration for Reaccreditation whilst you are on leave- you will remain accredited and be invited to reaccredit twelve months later. Your reaccreditation date will always be on the anniversary of your full accreditation.

Leaves of absence may last up to two years. After that time, the member would be requested to lapse their accreditation and apply for Reinstatement of Accreditation.

Accreditation liaison staff are well experienced in adapting to individual circumstances in this process as variations may occur depending on the type of Accreditation and/or Reaccreditation dates etc.