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Informing our work with the graduate experience in 2023

22 Nov 2023

Our year in registration survey, now in its third year, aims to gather insight about how students’ education and training prepares them for practice

It’s important we understand the experiences of those undertaking education and training programmes to become a health and care professional, so we can ensure good quality education in line with our public protection remit. We’re also interested in the experience of new registrants during their first year in practice, so we can contribute to conversations about support.

One of the ways we’re doing this is via our year in registration survey. We asked those who completed UK programmes in 2022 a series of questions and for feedback where improvements could be made of.

Some key insights we gathered from the data are:

  • For the third year running, the most used words to describe programmes were ‘supportive’ and ‘challenging’. This is positive – nobody would expect a professional programme to be easy, and the support mechanisms put in place by providers are recognised by respondents
  • Most respondents agreed their programme prepared them for practice (82%)
  • Generally, interprofessional education (IPE) was meaningful for respondents with around seven in ten respondents agreeing that it was. However, about 1 in 10 respondents disagreed or noted they did not undertake IPE
  • For the third year running, service user engagement and involvement in learning was not always well understood by respondents
  • Most respondents would recommend their programme to others, and fewer respondents disagreed with that statement compared to last year (11% compared to 18%)
  • About one third of respondents noted they did not have a structured period of learning on starting employment, and about a fifth reported this period to be less than 3 months
  • Longer periods linked to respondents feeling better supported to transition to practice
  • About 4 in 5 respondents would like to provide preceptorship support to future graduates

Some limitations to the results include the survey not being compulsory and lower response rates from some professions.

You can read the full report below.

What next?

We have used these findings in our performance review process, where we ask providers to reflect on specific areas. We will continue to seek feedback from those who have completed HCPC-approved programmes, to inform the focus of our quality assurance work in education.

Read the report

Key findings from previous surveys


Page updated on: 23/11/2023