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Our standards

We set standards for education and training, professional skills, conduct, performance, ethics and continuing professional development. In this section, we focus on the standards relevant to education and training.


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of education and training

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of education and training
guidance


Our standards of education and training

The standards of education and training (SETs) are the standards that education and training programmes must meet before they can be approved. These standards ensure that individuals who complete a programme meet the standards of proficiency for their profession, and are therefore eligible to apply to register with us.


We have also produced guidance for education providers on our SETs and updates in conjunction with the standards of education and training guidance document.



Revisions to the standards

We will implement the revised SETs in September 2017. We will hold all programmes visited on or after 1 September 2017 to 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.

Previous version of the standards

These standards should only be used by existing approved pre-registration programmes in the
2017-18 academic year.

Revised standards

These standards should be used by all new programmes, programmes we are visiting from September 2017 onwards, and all approved pre-registration programmes from the 2018-19 academic year onwards.

Previous version of
standards of education and training

Standards
of education and training

These documents contain our standards of education and training (SETs). These are the standards against which we assess education and training programmes.

Previous version of standards of education and training guidance

Standards of education and training guidance

These documents provide guidance on our standards of education and training (SETs), to give more information about how we will assess and monitor programmes against our standards.

All visits undertaken from September 2017 will consider the revised standards

Previous standards of education and training - approval process mapping document

Current standards of education and training - approval process mapping document

This blank mapping document contains our standards of education and training (SET), and should be used by education providers going through the approval process to show where in their accompanying documentation evidence can be found which demonstrates how their programme meet the SETs.

Further information - standards for pre and post registration education programmes

This document provides updates in conjunction with the standards of education and training guidance.

For further information and guidance about the revised SETs, please see our dedicated guidance page.



Our standards of proficiency and mapping documents

The standards of proficiency (SOPs) are our threshold standards for safe and effective practice that all registrants must meet. The SOPs mapping document should be used by education providers to show where in their accompanying documentation evidence can be found which demonstrates how their programme delivers the SOPs.

Arts therapists:

Biomedical scientists:

Chiropodists / podiatrists:

Clinical scientists:

Dietitians:

Hearing Aid Dispensers:

Occupational therapists:

Operating department practitioners:

Orthoptists:

Paramedics:

Physiotherapists:

Practitioner psychologist - Clinical:

Practitioner psychologist - Counselling:

Practitioner psychologist - Educational:

Practitioner psychologist - Forensic:

Practitioner psychologist - Health:

Practitioner psychologist - Occupational:

Practitioner psychologist - Sport and exercise:

Prosthetists / orthotists:

Radiographers:

Social workers in England:

Speech and language therapists:

Summary of changes

We are currently undertaking a programme of revising the SOPs for each profession. Further information about the impact of this for education providers can be found here.



Our standards of proficiency and mapping documents

We also have specific education and proficiency standards for three of the post registration areas that we regulate:

Approved mental health professional (AMHP) programmes
The criteria is split into two sections. Section 1 sets out criteria around how an education provider must design and deliver an AMHP programme. Section 2 of the AMHP approval criteria defines the knowledge, understanding and skills that must be delivered by the programme.


Standards for podiatric surgery
These standards are split into two sections. The first section sets out standards around how an education provider must design and deliver a podiatric surgery programme. The second section defines the knowledge, understanding and skills that must be delivered by the programme.


Standards for prescribing
These standards are split into two sections. The first section sets out standards around how an education provider must design and deliver a prescribing programme. The second section defines the knowledge, understanding and skills that must be delivered by the programme.

Standards for the use by orthoptists of exemptions
These standards are split into two sections. The first section sets out standards around how an education provider must design and deliver a programme allowing orthoptists to use exemptions. The second section defines the knowledge, understanding and skills that must be delivered by the programme.