Updated standards for each of the 15 professions we regulate came into effect on 1 September 2023
We keep our standards under continual review, to look at how they are working and check whether they continue to reflect current practice. We conduct a periodic review of the standards every five years.
The most recent updates for each profession came into effect on 1 Setpember 2023, and were formed after extensive consultation with a range of stakeholders.
In line with feedback to our public consultation, the changes reflect the extent of developments in practice for each profession, and reflect the reality of practising in today's healthcare landscape.
Learn about the updates
Key changes: themes and resources
Equality, diversity and inclusion
We have significantly expanded the role of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), placing specific importance on making sure that practice is inclusive for all service users. This is one theme within the key changes to the updated standards of proficiency for all professions.
Registrants’ mental health
We have emphasised the importance of registrants looking after their own mental health and seeking help where necessary as a part of maintaining their fitness to practise. This is one theme within the key changes to the updated standards of proficiency for all professions.
Active implementation of the standards
We have changed the wording of the standards to move registrants away from a passive understanding of the standards, and towards active implementation of them. This is one theme within the key changes to the updated standards of proficiency for all professions.