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Regulator: The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
The HCPC is the regulator of health and care professions in the UK.
They protect the public by regulating 15 health and care professions in the UK
To do this they:
- set standards for professionals’ education and training and practice;
- approve programmes which professionals must complete to register with us;
- keep a register of professionals, known as ‘registrants’, who meet our standards; and
- take action if professionals on our Register do not meet our standards.
CPD is linked to registration, so members need to meet their CPD standards to stay registered. There are five CPD standards:
A registrant must:
1. maintain a continuous, up-to-date and accurate record of their CPD activities;
2. demonstrate that their CPD activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice;
3. seek to ensure that their CPD has contributed to the quality of their practice and service delivery;
4. seek to ensure that their CPD benefits the service user; and
5. upon request, present a written profile (which must be their own work and supported by evidence) explaining how they have met the Standards for CPD.
The Council covers the following professions, which have their own professional bodies that provide support for CPD:
- arts therapists
- biomedical scientists
- clinical scientists
- occupational therapists
- operating department practitioners
- social workers in England
- speech & language therapists