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HCPC launches consultation on the threshold level of qualification entry to the Register for paramedics

25/09/2017 - 9:37

HCPC launches consultation

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has launched a consultation on changing the threshold level qualification for entry to the Register for paramedics. This is set out in the first standard of the Standards of education and training (‘SET1’).

SET1 is the contemporary level of education and training considered necessary for entry to the Register for each profession. The paramedic threshold is currently ‘equivalent to Certificate of Higher Education’, but only a small minority of approved programmes are delivered at this level.

This consultation proposes that the level specified in SET 1 for paramedics should be changed, seeking views on what level it should change to and on timescales for implementation. Any change would not directly affect existing registered paramedics, or students part way through pre-registration education and training programmes.

Director of Policy and Standards, Michael Guthrie, said:

“ We would encourage all our stakeholders with an interest in the education and training of paramedics to respond to the consultation. Currently, the paramedic threshold level qualification for entry to the HCPC Register is equivalent to a Certificate of Higher Education. However, only a small minority of approved programmes are delivered at this level.

We are, therefore, proposing a change to this level and would encourage those with an interest in the education and training of paramedics to respond to the consultation. We are particularly interested in views on what it should change to and the timescales for implementation.” 

Opening on Monday 25 September 2017, the 12 week consultation runs until Friday 15 December 2017.

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

ENDS

For further press information, please contact Louise Shewey or Grant Imlach in HCPC’s press office on 020 7840 9806 or email press@hcpc-uk.org


Notes to Editors:

1. The consultation will run from Monday 25 September 2017 to Friday 15 December 2017.

2. For further information about the consultation, please contact Oliva Bird, Policy Officer, policy@hcpc-uk.org

3. Responses to the document can be made by:

Completing our easy-to-use online survey: https://www.research.net/r/3NBR3ZY

Emailing us at: consultation@hcpc-uk.org

Writing to:
Consultation on the threshold level of qualification entry to the Register for paramedics
Policy and Standards Department
Health and Care Professions Council
Park House
Kennington Park Road
London
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 on-line and a copy can be downloaded from the HCPC website: www.hcpc-uk.org/aboutus/consultations/

6. 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.

7. 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 www.hcpc-uk.org/aboutregistration/protectedtitles

8. Arts therapists
Biomedical scientists
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Clinical scientists
Dietitians
Hearing aid dispensers
Occupational therapists
Operating department practitioners
Orthoptists
Paramedics
Physiotherapists
Practitioner psychologists
Prosthetists / orthotists
Radiographers
Social workers in England
Speech and language therapists

9. 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.

10. 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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