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HCPC releases revised Standards of Education and Training and Guidance

27/06/2017 - 10:44

HCPC releases revised Standards of Education and Training and Guidance

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has today released revised Standards of Education and Training (SETs) and Guidance.

The SETs are the standards against which we assess education and training programmes.  A programme which meets the SETs allows learners who successfully complete that programme to meet the standards of proficiency for their profession, and are eligible to apply to the HCPC for registration.

Key changes include:
• new standards requiring interprofessional education, learner involvement and supporting learners to raise concerns;
• strengthening the link between the SETs and the standards of conduct, performance and ethics;
• making key terminology broader, inclusive and up to date with current terminology used in the sector.

Michael Guthrie, Director of Policy and Standards commented:

“The changes and additions to these standards have been informed by key stakeholders including education providers, practice educators, HCPC visitors, professional bodies, newly qualified professionals and service users and carers.
We are confident that the standards are fit for purpose and reflect safe and effective professional practice and would like to thank everybody that took the time to provide us with feedback”.

We have produced detailed guidance to accompany the SETs. The guidance has been written for education providers who are or will be involved in our approval and monitoring processes, but it will also be useful for practice education providers and others who work with and alongside education providers.

The revised standards will be effective from the 2017–18 academic year and are available, along with the Guidance, on our website here .

For further information, please contact Louise Shewey or Grant Imlach in the HCPC’s press office on 0207 7840 9206 or email


Notes to Editors
1. 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.

2. 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
Arts therapists
Biomedical scientists
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Clinical scientists
Hearing aid dispensers
Occupational therapists
Operating department practitioners
Practitioner psychologists
Prosthetists / orthotists
Social workers in England
Speech and language therapists

3. 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.

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

Louise Shewey
0207 7840 9206

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