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Post-registration education and training programmes

The post-registration programmes which we approve relate to Approved mental health professionals (AMHP), Prescription only medicines - administration, Independent prescribing (IP), Supplementary prescribing (SP), Podiatric surgery, Prescription only medicines - sale / supply, and the Use by Orthoptists of Exemptions


linkApproved mental health professionals (AHMP)

linkPrescription only medicines - administration

linkPrescription only medicines - sale / supply

linkPodiatric surgery

linkPrescribing

linkThe use by orthoptists of exemptions


    Approved mental health professional (AMHP) programmes

    AMHPs exercise functions under the Mental Health Act 1983. Those functions relate to decisions made about individuals with mental health disorders, including the decision to apply for compulsory admission to hospital. Appropriately registered social workers, mental health and learning disabilities nurses, occupational therapists and practitioner psychologists can train to become AMHPs.

    Successful completion of an approved programme makes a person eligible for appointment as an AMHP. Only those who have been appointed as an AMHP by a Local Social Services Authority in England (LSSA) may perform the functions of an AMHP. Neither appointment as an AMHP, or the completion of an approved programme leads to the annotation of an individual’s registration record.

    Under the Health and Social Care Act (2012), we took responsibility for approving AMHP programmes in England. This was one of the changes that occurred when the regulation of social workers in England transferred from the General Social Care Council (GSCC) to ourselves. The Act gives us powers to set criteria for approving AMHP programmes, to publish these criteria and to communicate the criteria to education providers.

    Our Approval criteria for approved mental health professional (AMHP) programmes became effective in September 2013. The criteria is used to approve and monitor AMHP programmes and sets clear expectations of the processes and systems education providers delivering AMHP training should have in place to manage the programme. It sets out our expectations of AMHP professionals. Education providers must ensure professionals who complete the AMHP training are able to meet these competencies.

    An education provider wishing to offer a new AMHP programme will need to seek approval for their programme. The programme must meet section 1 of the criteria for approving AMHP programmes in England, and demonstrate graduates will meet section 2 of the criteria.


    Prescription only medicines - administration

    We currently annotate the Register to indicate where chiropodists / podiatrists are qualified to administer certain Prescription only medicines.

    All the pre-registration programmes for chiropodists / podiatrists include modules which cover the administration of Prescription only medicines. Students successfully completing these programmes will be eligible to apply for registration on the relevant part of the Register, with the Prescription only medicines - administration entitlement annotated.

    We approve a small number of stand-alone programmes which can be taken by chiropodists / podiatrists, post-registration, to gain the entitlement.

    An education provider wishing to offer a stand-alone programme in Prescription only medicines - administration will need to seek approval for their programme. The programme must meet the standards of education and training (SETs) (excluding SET 1: Level of qualification for entry to the Register) and the relevant standard of proficiency (within 14.11):
    Registrants must:

    • be able to draw on appropriate knowledge and skills to inform practice

    • apply Prescription only medicines - administration techniques


    Prescription only medicines – sale / supply

    We currently annotate the Register to indicate where chiropodists / podiatrists are qualified to sell and supply prescription only medicines.

    All the pre-registration programmes for chiropodists / podiatrists include modules which cover the sale and supply of prescription only medicine. Students successfully completing these programmes will be eligible to apply for registration on the relevant part of the Register, with the Prescription only medicines – sale / supply entitlement annotated.

    We also approve a small number of stand-alone programmes which can be taken by chiropodists / podiatrists, post-registration, to gain the entitlement.

    An education provider wishing to offer a stand-alone programme in Prescription only medicines – sale / supply will need to seek approval for their programme. The programme must meet the standards for education and training (SETs) (excluding SET 1: Level of qualification for entry to the Register and SET 5: Practice placements) and the relevant standards of proficiency (within 14.11):

    Registrants must:

    • be able to draw on appropriate knowledge and skills to inform practice

    • administer relevant prescription-only medicines, interpret any relevant pharmacological history and recognise potential consequences for patient treatment

    If an education provider wishes to run the Prescription only medicines – sale / supply component of their approved pre-registration chiropodist / podiatrist programme as a stand-alone Prescription only medicines – sale / supply programme, they can provide a major change submission form for stand alone Prescription only medicines – sale / supply programmes to seek HCPC approval.

    As the approved pre-registration training programme would have already been assessed against the standards of education and training (SETs), the major change submission is focussed on particular SETs and matters in relation to running the Prescription only medicines – sale / supply element as a stand-alone programme.

    As part of this process, education providers have to submit the major change submission form for stand-alone Prescription only medicines – sale / supply programmes. The submission also needs to include the following:

    • module descriptor for the stand-alone Prescription only medicines – sale / supply module;

    • evidence addressing SET 2 – admissions, for the stand-alone Prescription only medicines – sale / supply module;

    • evidence addressing SET 3.3 – monitoring and evaluation systems, for the stand-alone Prescription only medicines – sale / supply module;

    • information addressing differences between the potential stand-alone programme and the module within the approved chiropodist / podiatrist programme;

    • information addressing recent changes in the curriculum content for this particular module; and

    • information addressing the facilities and resources provided, both on and off site, in relation to the learning and teaching activities of the programme.


    Podiatric surgery

    Podiatric surgery is the surgical management of the bones, joints and soft tissues of the foot and associated structures. The conditions treated can include problems caused by bunions, arthritis, toe deformities and inflammation of the tissues of the foot.

    We use the term ‘podiatrist practising podiatric surgery’ to describe a registered chiropodist / podiatrist who has completed a qualification in podiatric surgical practice and whose entry is annotated on the HCPC Register.

    An education provider wishing to offer a podiatric surgery programme will need to complete the approval process. The programme will need to meet the standards for education providers part of the standards for podiatric surgery, and ensure graduates of programmes meet the standards for podiatrists practising podiatric surgery.


    Prescribing

    Independent prescribing (IP)

    An independent prescriber is an appropriately qualified practitioner who is responsible and accountable for the assessment of patients with undiagnosed or diagnosed conditions, and for decisions about their clinical management, including prescribing. Independent prescribers can prescribe any medicine for any medical condition within their competence, including some controlled drugs for specified medical conditions. They must also comply with any relevant medicines legislation.

    IP programmes lead to the independent prescribing and supplementary prescribing annotations on our Register. Of the professions we regulate, appropriately trained chiropodists / podiatrists, physiotherapists, and therapeutic radiographers are able to become independent prescribers.

    If an education provider wishes to run an IP programme, and they currently run an approved supplementary prescribing (SP) programme, the best way to assess if the new IP programme meets our standards for prescribing is through the paper-based amended approval process for prescribing.

    We are only running this process for education providers who deliver existing SP programmes, because these programmes have demonstrated they meet the standards of education and training (SETs), which the standards for prescribing are based on. We will therefore not require education providers to evidence all of the standards for prescribing, as we can be confident they will meet some of these standards in the same way.

    If education providers would like us to assess a programme via this process they need to complete an SPIP submission form.

    As part of this process, education providers will also have to submit the following documentation:

    • information for applicants (eg advertising materials, admissions / entry criteria);

    • a programme specification;

    • a student handbook;

    • information about programme and management team structure, including staff CVs;

    • module descriptors;

    • appropriate extracts from practice placement documents (eg handbooks for Designated Medical Practitioners and employers);

    • extracts from assessment regulations relating to student progression (standard E.7) and external examiners (standard E.10); and

    • a completed standards for prescribing mapping document.

    The completed form and required documentation should be submitted to majorchange@hcpc-uk.org. The submission will then be reviewed by HCPC visitors to determine if the programme meets the standards for prescribing considering the introduction of independent prescribing into the programme.


    Supplementary prescribing (SP)

    A supplementary prescriber is able to prescribe medicines in accordance with a clinical management plan. The plan is agreed between the supplementary prescriber, a Doctor and the patient.

    Supplementary prescribing (SP) programmes lead to the supplementary prescribing annotation only. Of the professions we regulate, appropriately trained chiropodists / podiatrists, dietitians, radiographers and physiotherapists can become supplementary prescribers.

    An education provider wishing to offer an SP programme will need to complete the approval process. The programme will need to meet the standards for education providers part of the standards for prescribing, and ensure graduates of programmes meet the standards for all prescribers.


    Curriculum framework for prescribing programmes

    The Department of Health has fully revised and updated the curriculum framework which education providers may choose to follow to prepare chiropodists / podiatrists, dietitians, physiotherapists and radiographers for a prescribing annotation with the HCPC.

    The curriculum is owned by the Allied Health Professions Federation, on behalf of all the professions to which the curriculum applies. The framework is currently hosted by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).


    The use by orthoptists of exemptions

    We currently annotate the Register to indicate where registered orthoptists are qualified to sell and supply certain prescription only medicines to patients as part of their professional practice. These entitlements are known as ‘exemptions’.

    We are able to approve stand-alone programmes delivering relevant training which can be taken by orthoptists to gain the entitlement. Only orthoptists who have completed an approved programme and whose entry is annotated on the HCPC Register are able to use exemptions in their practice.

    An education provider wanting to offer a stand-alone programme allowing an orthoptist to use exemptions will need to seek approval for their programme. The programme must meet the The Standards for the use by orthoptists of exemptions to sell and supply medicines.

    The standards have two purposes:

    The first sets out our expectations for education providers delivering training to orthoptists in using the medicine exemptions. This sets out the systems and processes we expect an education provider to have in place to deliver the training safely and effectively.

    The second sets out the knowledge, understanding and skills we expect orthoptists to demonstrate when they have completed this training.




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