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Our standards

We set standards for education and training, professional skills, conduct, performance, ethics and continuing professional development. In this section, we focus on the standards relevant to education and training.


Our standards of education and training

The standards of education and training (SETs) are the standards that education and training programmes must meet before they can be approved. These standards ensure that individuals who complete a programme meet the standards of proficiency for their profession, and are therefore eligible to apply to register with us.

We have also produced guidance for education providers on our SETs and updates in conjunction with the standards of education and training guidance.

Standards of education and training

This document contains our standards of education and training (SET). These are the standards against which we assess education and training programmes.

Standards of education and training mapping document

This blank mapping document contains our standards of education and training (SET), and should be used by education providers going through the approval process to show where in their accompanying documentation evidence can be found which demonstrates how their programme meet the SETs.

Standards of education and training guidance

This document provides guidance on our standards of education and training (SETs), to give more information about how we will assess and monitor programmes against our standards.

Further information - standards for pre and post registration education programmes

This document provides updates in conjunction with the standards of education and training guidance.


Our standards of proficiency and mapping documents

The standards of proficiency (SOPs) are our threshold standards for safe and effective practice that all registrants must meet. The SOPs mapping document should be used by education providers to show where in their accompanying documentation evidence can be found which demonstrates how their programme delivers the SOPs.

Arts therapists:

Biomedical scientists:

Chiropodists / podiatrists:

Clinical scientists:

Dietitians:

Hearing Aid Dispensers:

Occupational therapists:

Operating department practitioners:

Orthoptists:

Paramedics:

Physiotherapists:
Practitioner psychologist-Clinical:

Practitioner psychologist-Counselling:

Practitioner psychologist-Educational:

Practitioner psychologist-Forensic:

Practitioner psychologist-Health:

Practitioner psychologist-Occupational:

Practitioner psychologist-
Sport and exercise:


Prosthetists / orthotists:

Radiographers:

Social workers in England:
Speech and language therapists:

We are currently undertaking a programme of revising the SOPs for each profession. Further information about the impact of this for education providers can be found here.


Standards for post registration programmes

We also have specific education and proficiency standards for three of the post registration areas that we regulate:

Approved mental health professional (AMHP) programmes

The criteria is split into two sections. Section 1 sets out criteria around how an education provider must design and deliver an AMHP programme. Section 2 of the AMHP approval criteria defines the knowledge, understanding and skills that must be delivered by the programme.


Standards for podiatric surgery

These standards are split into two sections. The first section sets out standards around how an education provider must design and deliver a podiatric surgery programme. The second section defines the knowledge, understanding and skills that must be delivered by the programme.


Standards for prescribing

These standards are split into two sections. The first section sets out standards around how an education provider must design and deliver a prescribing programme. The second section defines the knowledge, understanding and skills that must be delivered by the programme.

Standards for the use by orthoptists of exemptions

These standards are split into two sections. The first section sets out standards around how an education provider must design and deliver a programme allowing orthoptists to use exemptions. The second section defines the knowledge, understanding and skills that must be delivered by the programme.

  • Standards for the use by orthoptists of exemptions
  • Standards for the use by orthoptists of exemptions mapping


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