Standards of proficiency – Social workers in England – Health Professions Council – 25 June 2012

Posted on June 26, 2012. Filed under: Social Work | Tags: , |

Standards of proficiency – Social workers in England – Health Professions Council – 25 June 2012

“Social workers in England will be regulated by the HPC (to be renamed the Health and Care Professions Council – HCPC) from Wednesday 1 August 2012.

The standards of proficiency (SoPs) set out what a social worker in England should know, understand and be able to do when they complete their social work training so that they can register with the HCPC. They set out clear expectations of a social worker’s knowledge and abilities when they start practising.

The work to set the standards of proficiency for social workers in England has developed alongside the work of the Social Work Reform Board. One outcome of the Reform Board, the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF), is now managed by the College of Social Work.

The PCF describes the capabilities required of social workers at all stages of their career, whilst the SoPs set out what a social worker must know, understand and be able to do when they start practising for the first time.

As both the PCF and the SoPs were produced at the same time and will both be used by social work stakeholders, we have worked with The College of Social Work to map the SoPs to the PCF so that stakeholders can see how the two documents interact. We have published the mapping below.

We have also published a joint statement with The College of Social Work on the interactions between teh PCF and the SoPs. Click here to read our position statement.”

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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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UK Health Professions Council launch online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) presentation – June 2009

Posted on June 23, 2009. Filed under: Educ for Hlth Professions | Tags: , , , |

UK Health Professions Council launch online Continuing Professional Development (CPD) presentation [HPC is the regulatory body for Arts therapists, Biomedical scientists, Chiropodists/podiatrists, Clinical scientists, Dietitians, Occupational therapists, Operating department practitioners, Orthoptists, Paramedics, Physiotherapists, Prosthetists/orthotists, Radiographers, Speech and language therapists.  HPC requires registered practitioners to undertake CPD.]

“A new responsibility
Before 2005, you may have had to undertake CPD as part of your membership of your professional body, or by your employer, or another organisation. You may not have had to undertake CPD by any individual or organisation, but you may have been undertaking it anyway as part of your professional development. But before 2005, any CPD that you did was not linked to your registration with us.
Now that we have agreed our standards for CPD, it is an important part of your continuing registration. Our standards now mean that all health professionals must continue to develop their knowledge and skills while they are registered.”

CPD presentation launched online

The Health Professions Council (HPC) has now launched its Continuing Professional Development (CPD) presentation DVD online. The DVD which was originally launched on 1st May 2008 has been very successful and in high demand by registrants being audited for CPD.
The DVD was designed and produced to assist registrants with their understanding of the HPC requirements for CPD and prepare for the CPD audits by giving helpful tips. The DVD has received highly positive feedback from registrants which is why the HPC have now made this presentation available online.  …

The online CPD presentation has been timed to benefit those selected in the forthcoming CPD audits. As well as converting the content from DVD format to web, The HPC has also made every effort to ensure that it is as accessible as possible, both from a technical, and a disability point of view.
HPC’s CPD Communications Manager, Mark Potter said:
“With the DVD being so successful we thought the next natural progression would be to make it available to all our registrants online. This is a useful tool filled with helpful tips not only for our registrants but also for graduates preparing to join our Register.”
The presentation can be played from the existing CPD section of the HPC website. This can be found in the ‘registrants’ section, or by using the URL http://www.hpc-uk.org/cpd

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