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HCPC launches consultation on revised Standards of education and training and supporting guidance

05/09/2016 - 9:41

HCPC launches consultation

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has today launched a consultation  on proposed changes to the standards of education and training (SETs) and supporting guidance.

The SETs are requirements for pre-registration education and training programmes which are approved by the HCPC. They are set at the threshold level necessary to ensure that learners who complete an approved programme will meet the standards of proficiency for their profession and therefore will be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC.

The draft revised standards for consultation have been informed by a wide range of key stakeholders including education providers, practice educators, HCPC visitors, registrants, professional bodies and service users and carers involved in education and training.

The proposed revisions include the following.

• Broadening the terminology used in the SETs and guidance to make it more applicable to a variety of programme types.

• Making changes to strengthen the link between the SETs and the standards of conduct performance and ethics.

• The addition of a new requirement for programmes to include interprofessional education.

• The addition of two new standards requiring programmes to involve learners in the design, delivery and review of an approved programme; and to support learners to raise concerns.

• A number of other amendments to individual standards and to the guidance documents to improve clarity and consistency and to remove unnecessary duplication.

Michael Guthrie, Director of Policy and Standards, commented:

“These proposed changes follow a comprehensive review which started in 2014 to ensure that the standards remain up to date, effective and fit for purpose and well understood by our stakeholders.

We would encourage education providers, our Registrants, service users, carers, and anyone who has an interest in education and training to respond with their views about the proposed revisions.”

Opening on Monday 5 September, the twelve week consultation runs until Friday 25 November 2016. The final documents will be published in mid-2017 with the revised standards rolled out from the 2017–18 academic year.

To take part in the consultation, complete our online survey, email consultation@hcpc-uk.org or write to Consultation on revised SETs, Policy and Standards Department, Health and Care Professions Council, Park House, 184 Kennington Park Road, London, SE11 4BU.

 




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