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

05/09/2016 - 9:29

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

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 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.


For further press information, please contact Louise Shewey or Grant Imlach in HCPC’s press office on 020 7840 9806 or email

Notes to Editors:

1. The consultation will run from Monday 5 September 2016 to Friday 25 November 2016.

2. For further information about the consultation, please contact Hollie Latham, Policy Officer,

3. Responses to the document can be made by:

Completing our easy-to-use online survey:

Emailing us at:

Writing to:
Consultation on revised standards of education and training
Policy and Standards Department
Health and Care Professions Council
Park House
184  Kennington Park Road
SE11 4BU

You may also send a fax to +44 (0)20 7820 9684

4. If you would prefer your response not to be made public, please indicate this when you respond. We will publish on our website a summary of the responses we receive, and the decisions we have taken as a result.

5. The full documents are available online and a copy can be downloaded from the HCPC website:

6. The current Guidance on standards of education and training published in 2009 (updated in 2014) can be found on our website:

7. The Health and Care Professions Council is an independent regulator set up by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001. The HCPC keeps a register for 16 different health and care professions and only registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. The HCPC will take action against professionals who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally.

8. The HCPC currently regulates the following 16 professions. Each of these professions has one or more ‘protected titles’. Anyone who uses one of these titles must register with the HCPC. To see the full list of protected titles please see

9. Arts therapists
Biomedical scientists
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Clinical scientists
Hearing aid dispensers
Occupational therapists
Operating department practitioners
Practitioner psychologists
Prosthetists / orthotists
Social workers in England
Speech and language therapists

10. The HCPC regulates social workers in England. Social workers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are separately regulated by the relevant Care Council in that country.

11. To contact us via social media, use the Twitter handle @The_HCPC or search the Health and Care Professions Council on Facebook or LinkedIn.

Louise Shewey
44 (0)20 7840 9806

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