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HCPC publishes revised standards of proficiency for chiropodists / podiatrists and prosthetists and orthotists

02/09/2013 - 12:36

Revised standards of proficiency published

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has published new revised standards of proficiency for chiropodists / podiatrists and prosthetists and orthotists.

The standards of proficiency are the professional standards that every registrant must meet in order to become registered, and must continue to meet in order to remain on the HCPC Register. The standards set out what professionals should know, understand and be able to do to practise safely and effectively.

The standards of proficiency are divided into generic standards (which apply to all HCPC-regulated professions) and standards specific to each profession. The HCPC Council approved revised generic standards in March 2011 and the HCPC is now working to update the standards that apply to each individual profession. The revised profession-specific standards for chiropodists / podiatrists and prosthetists and orthotists have been published as part of this process.

Michael Guthrie, Director of Policy and Standards, commented:

“We have worked closely with the Alliance of Private Sector Practitioners, the British Association of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, the Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, and the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists to review the standards for their professions and asked them to make recommendations. We also consulted on proposed changes and are grateful for the feedback we have received from all our stakeholders.

“The changes we have made to the profession-specific standards for chiropodists / podiatrists and prosthetists and orthotists ensure that they reflect developments in education and current practice and include language that better reflects the requirements of individual professions.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

1          All media enquiries to Angie Scarlett-Newcomen on +44 (0)20 7840 3480 or email press@hcpc-uk.org

2          For further information about the standards of proficiency, please contact policy@hcpc-uk.org

3          To download a PDF version of the Standards of proficiency, visit www.hcpc-uk.org/aboutregistration/standards/standardsofproficiency/

4          The Health and Care Professions Council is an independent health regulator set up by the Health and Social Work Professions Order (2001).  The HCPC keeps a register for 16 different health 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 people who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally.

5          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/

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

Angie Scarlett-Newcomen
+44 (0)20 7840 3480




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