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HCPC publishes Education annual report 2016

27/07/2017 - 12:58

HCPC publishes Education annual report 2016

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has today published our Education annual report covering the period of 1 September 2015 to 31 August 2016. This report provides statistical information and analysis and is designed to highlight key trends and what caused them, in particular important developments in the education sector.

In 2015-16, our monitoring work increased significantly. We assessed 794 programmes (22 per cent increase on last year) through annual monitoring and 485 programmes through major change (a 17 per cent rise).

This is mainly because over the last five years we have seen an increase of 6.2 per cent in the total number of approved programmes. At the end of this year there were 1060 programmes. The overall increase has mainly resulted from our regulation of social workers in England and changes in prescribing legislation allowing chiropodists / podiatrists and physiotherapists to prescribe independently.

There has also been an increase in the number of programmes proposing new models of delivery. Fourteen per cent of approval visits were to programmes delivered by organisations working in partnership, such as universities and government agencies – there were none in the previous year.

This year, new funding models in the sector also had an impact on the volume of monitoring work. 323 programmes across 9 professions will be affected by NHS bursary funding reforms, and 33 per cent of these submitted major changes. 

Despite these increases, the number of approved programmes is predicted to remain stable meaning our activity is unlikely to increase dramatically in 2016–17.

Abigail Gorringe, Director of Education at the HCPC, said:

 “The report shows that we carried out more approval and monitoring work this year than in any previous academic year. Despite this, and the impact of sector developments, improvements to our assurance systems and processes have made sure that the work was carried out in a timely and efficient manner.

We hope the changes we have made to the report improves understanding of our approval and monitoring process and is accessible and relevant to anyone wanting to know more about our work.”

To download the Education annual report, full data set and infographic visit


For further press information please contact Louise Shewey or Grant Imlach in HCPC’s press office on 020 7840 9806 or email

Notes to editors

1. To read the 2016 Education annual report visit the Publication section of our website

2. The full set of data from the 2015-16 academic year is also available to download from the Education section of our website.

3. An infographic of key findings presented in the Education annual report is available on the Publication section of our website here:

4. 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.

5. 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

6. 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.

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

Louise Shewey
0207 840 9806

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