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Major change assessment stage

What happens when we assess programmes as a major change

If we decide to assess your changes through the major change process, we will:

  • return reasoning to you explaining our decision;
  • ask you to provide evidence to support the changes, including a standards mapping document;
  • inform you of the named HCPC contact that you will be dealing with through the process; and
  • begin recruiting our partner visitors who will assess the changes.
Partner conflict of interest process

All our visitors are subject to a conflict of interest process. We will provide you with details of the visitors assessing your programme and you will have the opportunity to comment if you think there is a conflict of interest.

Decision making

Once we have received your submission and have run our partner conflict of interest process, we ask our visitors to consider if there is sufficient evidence to show that our education standards continue to be met.

Normally, we are able to make a final decision that the programme continues to meet our standards, or that a visit is required, within three months of receiving the change notification form. 

Recommendations
What this means

The visitors are satisfied that the standards continue to be with the evidence provided.

What happens next

The visitors recommend to the Education and Training Committee that the programme should remain approved

What this means

The visitors were unable to determine whether the standards continue to be met with the evidence provided.

What happens next

We ask you for further information relating to specific standards.

What this means

The visitors were unable to determine whether the standards continue to be met with the evidence provided, and consider that a visit is required to assess the programme. This recommendation is normally only made after we have considered further information, as noted in the line above.

What happens next

The visitors recommend to the Education and Training Committee that the programme should be visited so we can assess whether it continues to meet the standards
Our process to review the changes could extend to the full visit timeframes of a minimum of nine months

Page updated on: 12/06/2018
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