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Meeting our standards FAQs

Some of the most commonly-asked questions regarding our standards and how to meet them are answered here. These are regularly updated according to the enquiries we receive.

Supervision

  • The HCPC does not set requirements for supervision. We expect registrants to use their professional judgement when determining what level of supervision is appropriate. You can seek advice from colleagues, your manager, or your professional body as they are likely to be able to provide advice.

  • The HCPC does not set requirements for supervision. We expect registrants to use their professional judgement when determining what level of supervision is appropriate. You can seek advice from colleagues, your manager, or your professional body as they are likely to be able to provide advice.

  • We do not set any specific requirements around training for this role, however, as with all areas of practice we would expect you to have the relevant knowledge and skills and training to supervise safely and effectively. This could be through formal training or skills obtained in your role. You may be required to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in this area if you are selected for a CPD audit.

  • We do not set out requirements in this area but would expect you to have the relevant knowledge skills and training to supervise safely and effectively. This could be through formal training or skills obtained in your role. However, where you work in a different profession to your supervisee, you may sometimes need to seek advice and support from senior colleagues in your supervisee’s profession from time to time.

  • We do not stipulate any requirements around supervision or that professionals must undertake a supervisory role.  It may be that it is employer policy for you to provide supervision, we would recommend speaking with your employer to understand their requirements, and review any employment policies. You can also speak to your professional body for further advice and support.

  • In the first instance we would always recommend speaking with your supervisor to try and resolve the matter.  If following these discussions you still have concerns then you should escalate them through the appropriate channels at your place of employment.

    If you have raised your concerns with your supervisor and your employer, and those concerns have not been sufficiently addressed, then you might want to consider:

    • (individual on our register) – raising a concern with our FTP department, you can do this by visiting the concerns page of our website
    • (organisation / employer) –speaking with CQC to raise your concern as they are the regulator for health and social care organisations.

Scope of practice / dual registration

  • We recognise that it is common for a professional’s scope of practice to change or expand over time and that this may include services that are traditionally performed by another registered profession. It is the individual’s responsibility to ensure that they have undertaken the relevant education and / or training and have the necessary skills and knowledge to perform their roles safely and effectively. This is reflected in standard 6 of our Standards of conduct, performance and ethics.

    The HCPC also expects the extended practice to be within the scope of the profession. For example, it would be inappropriate for a radiographer to perform cardiac surgery.

    In the example given in the question above, the individual would only need to be registered once as a physiotherapist, as long as they do not practise using the title ‘occupational therapist’. It is also an offence to ‘intend to deceive’ the public by implying that you a member of a registered profession if you are not. We expect that members of the public should be informed of the registration status of a professional.

    If a complaint was received about a registrant’s extended scope of practice, the HCPC would consider whether it was within the scope of the profession and whether the individual had the requisite knowledge and skills to deliver the services they were seeking to provide.

    More about scope of practice

    More about dual registration

Still have a question about meeting our standards?

For more information or clarification about our standards, please contact our Policy and Standards team.

Tel: 44 (0)20 7840 9815 (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm)

Email: policy@hcpc-uk.org

Page updated on: 05/07/2018
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