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HCPC launches consultation on standards of proficiency for speech and language therapists

05/04/2013 - 09:35

New consultation launched

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has today launched a consultation to invite stakeholders for their views on proposed changes to the profession-specific standards of proficiency for speech and language therapists.

The standards of proficiency are the threshold standards for safe and effective practice in the UK and play a key role in public protection. They are divided into generic standards (which apply to all of the 16 professions we regulate) and standards specific to each of the professions regulated. They are used when an individual professional applies for or renews their registration, or when concerns are raised about their competence. They are also used to approve education and training programmes.

The review of the profession-specific standards is an opportunity to make sure the standards of proficiency are relevant to the speech and language therapy profession. No relevant or useful standards will be lost, but the language used may change to ensure the standards are appropriate and applicable. Where it is appropriate to do so, we also aim to maintain as much consistency as possible in the standards.

Director of Policy and Standards, Michael Guthrie, commented:

“We are reviewing the standards for speech and language therapists to ensure they continue to be set at an appropriate level for entry to the HCPC Register and so they reflect the current practice.

“We are interested in responses from a wide range of stakeholders, including professionals and education providers. After the consultation, we will analyse the responses to decide if any changes are needed. We will then publish the final standards as approved by our Council and will work with education and training providers to phase in the standards.”

This consultation will be of interest to members of the profession, as well as relevant education providers, employers, professional bodies, and those who use the services of this profession.

The consultation will run from 5 April closing on 28 June 2013.


Notes to Editor:

1. The consultation will run from 5 April 2013 to 28 June 2013.

2. For further information about the consultation, please contact Alison Croad, Policy Officer,

3. Responses to the document can be made by:

Completing our easy-to-use online survey:

Emailing us at

Writing to:
Policy and Standards Department
Health and Care Professions Council
Park House
184 Kennington Park Road
SE11 4BU

You may also send a fax to +44 (0)20 7820 9684.

4. If you would prefer your response not to be made public, please indicate  this when you respond. We will publish on our website a summary of the responses we receive, and the decisions we have taken as a result. 

5.  The full documents are available on-line and a copy can be downloaded from the HCPC website:

6. 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
• 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

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