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Consultation on the profession-specific standards of proficiency for prosthetists and orthotists

17/12/2012 - 02/04/2013

This consultation has now closed.

We are consulting on proposed changes to the profession-specific standards of proficiency for prosthetists and orthotists.

We are also consulting at the same time on the profession-specific standards for chiropodists and podiatrists.

The standards of proficiency explain the key obligations that the HCPC expects of registered health, psychological, and social care professionals. They contain generic standards that apply to all registrants, and profession-specific standards that set out the different requirements for specific professions.

 We have already revised and restructured the generic standards. Under the new structure, most of the standards of proficiency will be profession-specific, listed under 15 new generic standards.

The review is an opportunity to make sure the standards of proficiency are relevant to each profession. No standards will be lost, but the language used may change to ensure the standards are appropriate and applicable to individual professions.

At the start of the review of the standards for prosthetists we asked the relevant professional body - The British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists - to review the standards of proficiency for their profession and recommend changes. We then used their comments to produce a revised set of draft standards for the profession, which we are now consulting on.

We will use the responses we receive to decide if further changes are needed. After the final sets of standards are approved by our Council, they will be published. We will work with education providers to phase-in the new standards gradually after each profession’s revised standards are published.

We look forward to receiving your comments.

You can download a copy of the consultation document below.  You can reply to the consultation in the following ways:

By completing our easy to use online survey
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By writing to us at the following address:

Consultation on proposed changes to standards of proficiency for prosthetists and orthotists
Policy and Standards Department
Health and Care Professions Council
Park House
184 Kennington Park Road
SE11 4BU

If you would like to request the consultation document in hard copy or in alternative formats, please email consultation@hcpc-ukorg or call 0207 840 9815.

The deadline for responses to the consultation is 2 April 2013.

Type: HPC

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