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Revised standards of education and training: guidance and resources

In September 2017 we implemented revised standards of education and training (SETs). All pre-registration programmes will need to meet these standards on a phased basis.



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What are the key changes?

Under the revised SETs, we have introduced new standards requiring:

  • Interprofessional education – that all learners have the opportunity to learn from and with professionals and learners from other relevant professions
  • Learner involvement – that learners are able to contribute to the programme in some way
  • Support to enable learners to raise concerns

We have made other changes as follows:

Read more information about changes across the SETs.



Specific changes to the standards, including resources for education providers

We have reduced the number of standards from 58 to 52. To do this, we have not reduced or relaxed our requirements, but have rather consolidated similar existing standards.

Some standards have been updated ensure terminology used is broad, inclusive and up to date. For example, ‘learner’ has been preferred to ‘student’ and ‘practice-based learning’ has been preferred to ‘practice placement’. (See the glossary of terms for further info.)

The following standards have been added or changed as follows:

3.3 The education provider must ensure that the person holding overall professional responsibility for the programme is appropriately qualified and experienced and, unless other arrangements are appropriate, on the relevant part of the Register.

3.6 There must be an effective process in place to ensure availability and capacity of practice-based learning for all learners.

3.8 Learners must be involved in the programme.

3.17 There must be an effective process in place to support and enable learners to raise concerns about the safety and wellbeing of service users.

4.9 The programme must ensure that learners are able to learn with, and from, professionals and learners in other relevant professions.

4.2 The learning outcomes must ensure that learners understand and are able to meet the expectations of professional behavior, including the standards of conduct, performance and ethics.

6.2 Assessment throughout the programme must ensure that learners demonstrate they are able to meet the expectations of professional behaviour, including the standards of conduct, performance and ethics.



How we will assess that programmes meet the revised SETs

All programmes visited on or after 1 September 2017 will need to meet the revised SETs.

We will assess whether existing programmes meet the revised SETs via the annual monitoring process in the 2018-19 or 2019-20 academic year. When we inform education providers of our monitoring requirements in these years, we will provide specific information about what they will need to provide regarding the revised SETs.

From the 2018-19 academic year, we will assess all major changes to existing programmes against the revised SETs. This is because all programmes will have implemented the revised SETs by this point.



Further information