The Professional Standards Authority (the Authority) has published its annual performance review of the Health and Care Professions Council. The HCPC’s register currently covers almost 341,000 registrants in a variety of health and care professions in the United Kingdom.
We assessed the HCPC’s performance against our Standards of good regulation. The Standards of good regulation are designed to ensure that the regulators are protecting the public but also promoting confidence in health and care professionals and themselves. The standards cover the regulators’ four core functions:
- Setting and promoting guidance and standards for the profession
- Setting standards for and quality assuring the provision of education and training
- Maintaining a register of professionals
- Taking action where a professional’s fitness to practise may be impaired.
The HCPC is an efficient regulator which has met most of the Standards, this year we have concluded that it did not meet all of them. In our previous two performance reports, we had identified areas of concern relating to aspects of the HCPC’s performance in fitness to practise – mainly around risk assessment and timeliness. In this report we conclude that performance in these areas has not improved, and therefore the Standards in these areas are not met. We also identified a concern relating to the way the HCPC manages its process for registration appeals. In the report, we discuss the reasons for our concerns.
More information about the how we reached our decision is set out in our review – the HCPC Annual Review of Performance 2015/16 or read a summary in our snapshot.
Lesley Loughran, Publications Officer
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Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care
Notes to the Editor
- The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care oversees nine statutory bodies that regulate health and social care professionals in the UK.
- We assess their performance and report to Parliament. We also conduct audits and investigations and can appeal fitness to practise cases to the courts if we consider that sanctions are unduly lenient and it is in the public interest.
- We also set standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredit those that meet them.
- We share good practice and knowledge, conduct research and introduce new ideas to our sector. We monitor policy developments in the UK and internationally and provide advice on issues relating to professional standards in health and social care.
- We do this to promote the health, safety and wellbeing of users of health and social care services and the public. We are an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament.
- Our values are at the heart of who we are and what we do. We are committed to being impartial, fair, accessible and consistent in the application of our values.
- The HCPC regulates practice in the UK of arts therapists, biomedical scientists, chiropodists/podiatrists, clinical scientists, dieticians, hearing aid dispensers, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, paramedics, physiotherapists, practitioner psychologists, prosthetists/orthotists, radiographers, speech language therapists and social workers in England.
- More information about our work and the approach we take is available at www.professionalstandards.org.uk