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Key statistics on education and training for HCPC professions

We have provided key statistics as a summary of the picture of education and training for the professions we regulate, and how that picture is changing.



We have seen growth in the overall number of programmes in the two-year period by a total of 88 programmes (11 per cent growth overall). Some professions have grown more significantly:

  • Diagnostic radiographer – 29 per cent growth (16 additional programmes)
  • Orthoptist – 25 per cent growth (however due to small numbers this was only one additional programme)
  • Therapeutic radiographer – 18 per cent growth (4 additional programmes)
  • Speech and language therapist – 16 per cent growth (8 additional programmes)
  • Occupational therapist – 15 per cent growth (17 additional programmes)
  • Physiotherapist – 15 per cent growth (20 additional programmes)
  • Dietitian – 12 per cent growth (6 additional programmes)
  • Paramedic – 11 per cent growth (8 additional programmes)

There were smaller percentage increases for art therapist, chiropodist / podiatrist, hearing aid dispenser, and operating department practice programmes. Programme numbers for the remaining professions / modalities did not grow.

Growth in programme numbers often did not translate to the percentage level of growth for the capacity of learner numbers. For all professions except art therapists, there was a lower level of growth for the capacity of programmes. This shows that newer programmes are developed at a smaller scale than existing programmes.

There is a shift in the profile of professions, with a higher percentage of degree apprenticeship programmes being developed than baseline percentages for the professions. This is linked with the apprenticeship initiative in England, and we expect to see the shift to more apprenticeship provision continue to be developed as part of the sector’s response to the NHS long term workforce plan (in England).

We have presented a comparison of numbers of programmes and learner capacity for all professions / modalities in a table which you can view within the report. This is to show how increases in the number of approved programmes links to increases in the overall learner capacity for each profession and modality, which can be used by stakeholders to understand how new provision being developed contributes to capacity.


Nations and regions

We have produced the following charts, which show learner number capacity (blue bars) and the number of approved programmes (orange diamonds) in each nation and English region. These charts are provided to give insight into the current national and regional picture within professions.

From the charts, the total capacity of programmes can be understood vs the number of programmes. There is variance in programme sizes – we can see similar programme numbers within nations / regions with a range of programme capacities. There will be a range of reasons for differences, but there may be opportunities to increase learner numbers for existing lower capacity programmes.

Professions without modalities

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Professions with modalities

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Number of approved post-registration programmes

We also approve post registration programmes, which lead to an ‘annotation’ on our Register. We are required to do this by legislation where a registrant has undertaken additional training around medicines and has obtained entitlements to sell, supply, administer or prescribe these medicines. We also annotate for podiatrists practising podiatric surgery, as this is a high level of specialism within the chiropodist / podiatrist profession, and we took the decision that annotating individuals who are able to practice in this specialist area was essential to protect the public*.

*Our Council made the decision to add the annotation for podiatrists practising podiatric surgery in May 2012.
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