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HCPC publishes revised profession-specific standards of proficiency for physiotherapists and radiographers

28/05/2013 - 10:00

SOPs revised for Physiotherapists and Radiographers

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has today launched revised standards of proficiency for physiotherapists and radiographers.

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 apply for registration with the HCPC.

The standards are divided into generic standards (which apply to all the professions) and standards specific to each of the professions regulated.

As a result of the review process, the HCPC has revised the generic standards of proficiency to 15 standards that apply to all professions and has begun to update the standards that apply to individual professions. This allows the HCPC to retain those standards which all the professions share, whilst increasing our flexibility to include detailed standards which are specific to each profession.

Director of Policy and Standards, Michael Guthrie, commented:

“The review of the profession-specific standards is important and provides us with an opportunity to ensure these standards continue to be relevant to the professions who use them.  Importantly, it follows the Council’s approval of the new generic standards of proficiency in March 2011.

"At the start, we asked the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Society and College of Radiographers to review the standards for their professions and make recommendations.  We also consulted on proposed changes.

"As a result of the feedback we have received, the changes we have made include ensuring that the standards reflect current practice. We have also updated the language used to better reflect the requirements of each profession.

"We are extremely grateful for the feedback we received during the review and have used this to produce the revised standards which we have now published.”


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, UK-wide health 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 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 0(20) 7840 9137

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