Our regulator, The Health Professions Council (HPC), has launched consultations to invite stakeholders for their views on its review of the profession-specific standards of proficiency for arts therapists, dietitians, occupational therapists, orthoptists, physiotherapists, and radiographers.
The standards of proficiency serve a particular purpose – they are threshold standards for safe and effective practise in the UK. They are divided into generic standards (which apply to all the professions) and standards specific to each of the professions regulated. The HPC has already revised and restructured the generic standards. Under the new structure, the standards of proficiency will be profession-specific, listed under fifteen new generic standards.
The review is an opportunity to make sure the standards of proficiency are relevant to each profession. No standards will be lost, but the language used may change to ensure the standards are appropriate and applicable to individual professions.
Director of Policy and Standards, Michael Guthrie, commented:
“At the start of the review of each profession’s standards, we asked the relevant professional bodies to review the standards of proficiency for their profession and recommend changes. We then used their comments to produce a revised set of draft standards for each profession, which we are now consulting on.
“These consultations are about the standards for the first group of professions to undergo review. We will continue to review the profession-specific standards for the other professions we regulate on a rolling basis over the next 18 months.
“We will use the responses we receive to decide if further changes are needed. After the final sets of standards are approved by our Council, they will be published. We will work with education providers to phase-in the new standards gradually after each profession’s revised standards are published.”
The consultation will put the proposed standards before a wide range of stakeholders, including professional bodies, education providers, and others with an interest in our work. The consultation will run for fourteen weeks, until 27 July 2012.
BIOS will of course be compiling a profession-wide response, so do let us know what your views are: mailto:email@example.com
For further information about the consultation, please contact Alison Croad, Policy Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org or email email@example.com
The full documents are available on-line and a copy can be downloaded from the HPC website: www.hpc-uk.org/aboutus/consultations/
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 15 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.