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(HCPC) Standards of proficiency review

23 September 2019

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of proficiency sets out the professional standards that are considered necessary for the safe and effective practice of each of the professions they regulate.

Each set of standards is unique to each of the 16 registered professions, and sets out clear expectations of registrants’ knowledge and abilities when they start practising.

All registrants must meet the HCPC Standards of proficiency in order to become registered, and remain on the Register.

HCPC periodically review all of their standards to ensure that they remain up to date and fit for purpose, and are now due to review the Standards of proficiency.

For the first time, they will be streamlining the review process to review all 16 professions at once. The process for the review is as follows:

  • During the first stage of the review HCPC will ask stakeholders to comment on the standards on behalf of their profession – the questions for this stage are attached here.
  • This feedback, along with some cross professional workshops that considered the generic standards, will enable HCPC to produce a new draft set of standards for each profession.
  • HCPC will then consult publicly on the new draft standards and revise the standards if necessary to produce a final set of Standards of proficiency for each profession. The professions will be grouped, and consultations for each group staggered across a number of months.
  • Subject to approval from HCPC Council, the new standards will then be phased-in to use by education providers over a period of time.

The background to the review and the process is set out in more detail in the recent HCPC Review of the Standards of Proficiency.

Getting Involved

Send your comments to [email protected] using the response form.

The deadline for responses is the end of play on Friday the 18th of October.

Please note:

  • The society will only produce ONE response to any consultation.
  • Any response that goes under the society logo MUST be signed off by the relevant Board Chair and Branch Chair in the case of Devolved Nations.
  • Responses on behalf of particular Divisions / Faculties / Member Networks are not permitted under any circumstances.
  • Please do refer to the British Psychological Society Consultation Processes document which is attached before writing and sending any comments
  • Please ensure that all comments are based on Published Evidence and not solely on clinical opinion


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