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Consultation on preceptorship

This consultation ran from 26 October to 21 December 2022.


Dydd Mercher 26 Hydref, 2022 , Dydd Mercher 21 Rhagfyr, 2022


Online survey

The consultation document sets out our proposal to introduce guiding principles for preceptorship. It outlines:

  • why the HCPC is involved in this piece of work;
  • how registrants, employers and the wider health and care sector can work together to gain the benefits of effective preceptorship programmes;
  • how the principles have been developed leading up to this consultation;
  • how you can submit a response.

As part of this work, we are collaborating with Health Education England (HEE) and have engaged stakeholders across the 4 UK nations and 15 professions to build on existing examples of good practice in preceptorship. Our aim is to produce a set of evidence-led principles that seek to standardise the quality of preceptorship programmes available.

This is a consultation; we want to hear the views of our registrants and others with an interest in our work.  We will carefully consider the views you express and take them into account in finalising our proposals. 

The questions we are asking are set out throughout the consultation document.

We would encourage you to read the background information set out in this document before you answer these questions.


Preceptorship FAQs

  • Preceptorship is described as a period of structured support and development during periods of career transition, during which a preceptee is supported by a preceptor to develop their confidence as an autonomous and accountable professional.

  • These principles aim to support consistently high-quality preceptorship provision, for use by registrants, employers and all those who support registrants at key career transition points. We hope that this will help support the future workforce to feel valued, to increase confidence of those in new roles and to support HCPC registrants in their chosen professions long term.

  • Final date of publication is to be confirmed but we anticipate early 2023.

How to respond to the consulation

This consultation closed on 21 December 2022.

Consultation webinars

We held webinars which covered the consultation and our aims for the preceptorship work, you can watch one of these below:


Data use and privacy notice

  • We want to be transparent about the nature of the consultation we are conducting, the way in which the data is collected and how we will use survey results.

    The information you provide will be treated as confidential and will only be used for consultation purposes and internal decision making. Your comments will not be identified as belonging to you. Instead, they will be combined with those gathered from other survey participants and will be analysed as part of a group.

    Survey responses will not be published on our website. We may publish aggregated information about consultation responses and share this information with stakeholders. However, survey responses will be anonymised before disseminating.

    We may use your details to contact you in the event we have any questions about your response.

    We will handle any personal data received in accordance with the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018.

    We are required to adhere to the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The Act provides public access to information held by public authorities. We will comply with our obligations under the Act and the relevant Information Commissioner's Office codes of practice when responding to requests. For more information, please visit our website or email

  • This survey is published and managed by Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). We are committed to protecting your personal information and respecting your privacy. Personal information is any that identifies you or would enable you to be identified, such as phone numbers, your address and email address.

    We will take all necessary steps to make sure that the personal information you provide is processed fairly and lawfully. Only authorised staff have access to personal information, and they are obliged to respect its confidentiality. We will not sell, rent or exchange any personal information supplied by you to any third party. We will not use any of the information you provide for direct marketing or other non-research activities. You can find more information about your rights and how we use personal data in our privacy notice, which is available on our website at HCPC data protection policy and privacy notice.

    If you have any further questions about this consultation please email