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HPC publishes grandparenting report


The Health Professions Council (HPC) has launched an in-depth report into the grandparenting of twelve of the thirteen professions it regulates.

‘Grandparenting’ is the technical term given to one route of entry to the HPC Register. Every time the HPC regulates a new profession they open a time-limited ‘grandparenting’ period. During this period individuals who do not hold an approved qualification, but who can demonstrate through their training and experience that they meet certain criteria, can be registered. A ‘transitional’ period of registration is necessary when introducing statutory (compulsory) registration.

The grandparenting period for the first twelve professions regulated by the HPC closed on 8 July 2005. During this transitional period, individuals not eligible to be members of the voluntary or state register can apply for registration. The period is temporary and time limited. After this date the only route to registration for UK applicants from these professions is via having successfully completed an approved course.

The report reviews the grandparenting process held between 9 July 2003 and 8 July 2005. It is divided into sections which include the background to grandparenting and how the HPC has processed applications.

Anna van der Gaag, President of the HPC said “We have produced this report because it is important that as an organisation we continually assess our processes. Our legislation establishes our main objective, to ‘…safeguard the health and wellbeing of persons using or needing the services of our registrants’. It is important that we continually make sure that everything we do contributes towards meeting this end.

“In writing this document we have acknowledged how a grandparenting process has implications for a variety of different stakeholders and for all aspects of the work of a regulator. We have tried to do this is in a balanced way, including statistics and testimonials from some of those who were involved in or affected by the process.

“We hope that this document will be interesting and useful, particularly for others who are approaching the challenging task of managing the transition from voluntary to statutory regulation.”

The Health Professions Council is an independent, UK-wide health regulator set up by the Health Professions Order (2001).  The HPC keeps a register for thirteen different health professions and only  registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. The HPC will take action against people who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally.




Notes to Editors:

1. For further information about the grandparenting report, please contact Michael Guthrie on 020 7840 9768 or email

2. The full document is available on-line and a copy can be downloaded from the HPC website:

3. HPC currently regulate the following 13 professions. Each of these professions has one or more ‘protected titles’. Anyone who uses one of these titles must register with the HPC. To see the full list of protected titles please see:

• Arts therapists (AS) 
• Biomedical scientists (BS)
• Chiropodists / podiatrists (CH)
• Clinical scientists (CS)
• Dietitians (DT)
• Occupational therapists (OT)
• Operating department practitioners (ODP)
• Orthoptists (OR)
• Paramedics (PA)
• Physiotherapists (PH)
• Prosthetists / orthotists (PO)
• Radiographers (RA)
• Speech and language therapists (SL)

4.  Operating department practitioners became regulated by the HPC on 18 October 2004 with a grandparenting period for two years until 17 October 2006. This document does not cover the grandparenting period for operating department practitioners.  Every time the HPC regulates a new profession there will be a grandparenting period

Grandparenting applications received by profession

Profession Total no. of applications* Number of successful applications Overall success rate
AS 66 56 84%
BS 331 305 92%
CH 4161 3922 92%
CS 653 619 95%
DT 3 3 100%
OR 1 1 100%
OT 7 4 57%
PA 187 179 96%
PH 447 340 76%
PO 3 3 100%
SL 145 141 97%
RA 4 2 50%
Total  6008 5575 93%

*does not include applications withdrawn by applicant




victoria smyth
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