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HCPC publishes revised standards of proficiency

01/03/2013 - 10:49

Revised SOPs

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has today published new revised standards of proficiency for four professions: arts therapists, dietitians, occupational therapists, and orthoptists. These standards will be effective from Friday 1 March 2013.

The standards of proficiency are the standards we consider necessary for professionals to be able to practise their profession safely and effectively. They set out what a professional should know, understand and be able to do when they complete their training so that they can register with the HCPC. Once on the register, professionals must continue to meet the standards relevant to their scope of practice.

We review our standards of proficiency regularly to look at how they are working and to make sure they are up to date and relevant to the professions we regulate. We undertook this review with input from all relevant professional bodies and by consulting with a range of stakeholders.

Michael Guthrie, Director of Policy and Standards commented:

“As a result of the review process, we have revised the generic standards of proficiency to 15 standards that apply to all professions and updated the standards that apply to individual professions. We have done this so that we can retain those standards which all the professions share, whilst increasing our flexibility to include detailed standards which are specific to each profession.

The changes we have made to the profession-specific standards are to ensure that they reflect developments in education and current practice and include language that better reflects the requirements of each profession.”


Notes to Editors:

1 All media enquiries to Amy Morgan on 020 7840 9137 or email

2 For further information about the Standards of Proficiency, please contact Alison Croad, Policy Officer on or email

3 To download a PDF version of the standards of proficiency for these professions, visit

4 The Health and Care Professions Council is an independent health regulator set up by the Health and Social Work Professions Order (2001).  The HCPC keeps a register for 16 different health 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 people who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally.

5 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

• Arts therapists
• Biomedical scientists
• Chiropodists and podiatrists
• Clinical scientists
• Dietitians
• Hearing aid dispensers
• Occupational therapists
• Operating department practitioners
• Orthoptists
• Paramedics
• Physiotherapists
• Practitioner psychologists
• Prosthetists and orthotists
• Radiographers
• Social workers in England
• Speech and language therapists

Amy Morgan
+44 020 78409137

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