Consultation on student fitness to practise and registration – HPC Health Professions Council [UK] – 1 November 2011

Posted on November 2, 2011. Filed under: Allied Health, Educ for Hlth Professions, Health Professions, Social Work | Tags: , , |

Consultation on student fitness to practise and registration – HPC Health Professions Council [UK] – 1 November 2011

“We are seeking the views of all of our stakeholders on the most effective way of assuring the fitness to practise of students. This includes seeking views about the voluntary registration of student social workers in England

In 2012, the General Social Care Council (GSCC) is due to be abolished and the regulation of social workers in England transferred to the HPC. The GSCC currently registers social work students. The HPC does not register students.

The Health and Social Care Bill 2011, currently before parliament, would also allow the HPC to set up voluntary registers of students studying on programmes which lead to registration. Opening a voluntary register would be subject to undertaking an assessment of the likely impact of setting up the register and holding a public consultation.

In light of the above, we are seeking the views of all of our stakeholders on the most effective way of assuring the fitness to practise of students. This includes seeking views about the voluntary registration of student social workers in England.
In the consultation we do not make any specific proposals – for example, we are not proposing that students should or should not be registered in any of the professions, including social work. However, the responses to the consultation will inform our decisions about student fitness to practise and registration, including whether:

•the HPC’s current approach to student fitness to practise should be maintained across the Register; or
•the HPC should maintain a voluntary register of social work students in England; and/or
•the HPC should establish any voluntary registers of students for some or all of the existing HPC regulated professions.”

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