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HCPC publishes revised Guidance on conduct and ethics for students

10/06/2016 - 09:58

Guidance on conduct and ethics for students

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has today published revised Guidance on conduct and ethics for students.

This guidance is based on the Standards of conduct, performance and ethics (SCPE), as these standards apply to both registrants and those applying to be registered. After changes to the SCPE we have reviewed the Guidance for students to ensure that it continues to be fit for purpose, up-to-date and well understood by students, education providers, practice placement providers and others.

Following a public consultation we have made a number of revisions to the guidance, including:
 
• Strengthening the requirements for students reporting any concerns about the safety and wellbeing of service users or carers.

• A new requirement for students to inform an appropriate member of staff at their education provider or practice placement provider if something has gone wrong in any care, treatment or other services they have carried out on or with a service user.

• New guidance for students to support the development of their knowledge and skills on delegation and to safeguard the safety and wellbeing of service users or carers at all times.

• Changes to the structure to improve its accessibility. This includes structuring the guidance to correspond to the revised Standards of conduct, performance and ethics.

Michael Guthrie, Director of Policy and Standards, commented:

“Students on HCPC approved programmes are studying to become a professionals in a regulated profession and have certain responsibilities. On their programme students will be expected to meet high standards of conduct and ethics as they are trusted with the public’s health and wellbeing. It is therefore crucial that they understand how our Standards of conduct, performance and ethics apply to them. 

“We developed the revised guidance through a range of engagement activities with our stakeholders; and students, academic staff, practice placement educators and supervisors will find this document useful.”

To download the revised Guidance on conduct and ethics for students visit http://www.hcpc-uk.org/publications/brochures/index.asp?id=219

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For further press information please contact Rebekah Tailor or Grant Imlach in HCPC’s press office on 020 7840 9806 or email press@hcpc-uk.org

Notes to Editors:

1. The Guidance on conduct and ethics for students is based on our Standards of conduct, performance and ethics. More information about these standards is available at: www.hcpc-uk.org/aboutregistration/standards/standardsofconductperformanceandethics

2. The standards apply to both registrants and those applying to be registered. Students on approved education and training programmes will learn about these standards and the behaviour that will be expected of them as professionals. We have written this guidance in order to make students more familiar with how the standards apply to them.

3. The Health and Care Professions Council is an independent regulator set up by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001. The HCPC keeps a register for 16 different health and care professions and only registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. The HCPC will take action against professionals who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally.

4. The HCPC currently regulates the following 16 professions. Each of these professions has one or more ‘protected titles’. Anyone who uses one of these titles must register with the HCPC. To see the full list of protected titles please see www.hcpc-uk.org/aboutregistration/protectedtitles
               
Arts therapists
Biomedical scientists
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Clinical scientists
Dietitians
Hearing aid dispensers
Occupational therapists
Operating department practitioners
Orthoptists
Paramedics
Physiotherapists
Practitioner psychologists
Prosthetists / orthotists
Radiographers
Social workers in England
Speech and language therapists

5. The HCPC regulates social workers in England. Social workers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are separately regulated by the relevant Care Council in that country.

6. To contact us via social media, use the Twitter handle @The_HCPC or search The Health and Care Professions Council on Facebook or LinkedIn.

Rebekah Tailor
(0)20 7840 9806




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