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HCPC launches consultation on revised Standards for prescribing

01/10/2018 - 14:45

HCPC launches consultation on revised Standards for prescribing

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has today launched a consultation on draft revised Standards for prescribing.

Currently, members of five professions that we regulate may complete post-registration training to become non-medical prescribers. In September 2018, over 1,400 professionals on the HCPC Register held an annotation for prescribing.

The HCPC’s current Standards for prescribing were published in August 2013. Since this time, we have seen a number of important changes in non-medical prescribing practice and regulation. In 2016 to 2017, we also updated our Standards of education and training for pre-registration programmes (‘the SETs’).

Katherine Timms, Head of Policy and Standards, commented:

“The purpose of the review of the Standards for prescribing has been to ensure that they remain effective and fit for purpose; are well understood by our stakeholders and the public; and take account of change, including changes in practice, legislation, technology, guidelines and wider society.

“We believe that the legal framework for nonmedical prescribing will continue to grow and change over time. Our Standards for prescribing therefore need to be agile and able to accommodate change.”

Prescribing is also an area where there is considerable regulatory duplication. Several different regulators have responsibilities to quality assure the same skills, and even the same education and training programmes, for different professions.

We believe it is sensible to set the same standards for the same skills, where we are able to and it is appropriate to do so.

Opening on Monday 1 October 2018, the 13 week consultation runs until Friday 4 January 2019. We would like to implement revised Standards for prescribing for the 2019/2020 academic year.

To take part in the consultation, complete our online survey, email or write to Consultation on revised Standards for prescribing, Policy and Standards Department, Health and Care Professions Council, Park House, 184 Kennington Park Road, London, SE11 4BU.


For further press information, please contact Anna Hill in HCPC’s press office on 020 7840 9806 or email


Notes to Editors:

1. The consultation will run from Monday 1 October 2018 to Friday 4 January 2019.

2. For further information about the consultation, please contact Sarah Ritchie, Policy Officer,

3. Responses to the document can be made by:

• Completing our easy-to-use online survey:

• Emailing us at:

• Writing to: 

Consultation on revised Standards for prescribing

Policy and Standards Department 

Health and Care Professions Council 

Park House 

184 Kennington Park Road

London SE11 4BU

4. If you would prefer your response not to be made public, please indicate this when you respond. We will publish on our website a summary of the responses we receive, and the decisions we have taken as a result.

5. The full documents are available on-line and a copy can be downloaded from the HCPC website:

6. The current Guidance on returning to practice published in 2013 can be found on our website:

7. The Health and Care Professions Council is an independent regulator set up by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001. The HCPC keeps a register for 16 different health and care professions and only registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. The HCPC will take action against professionals who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally.

8. The HCPC currently regulates the following 16 professions. Each of these professions has one or more ‘protected titles’. Anyone who uses one of these titles must register with the HCPC. 

To see the full list of protected titles please see

Arts therapists

Biomedical scientists

Chiropodists / podiatrists

Clinical scientists


Hearing aid dispensers

Occupational therapists

Operating department practitioners




Practitioner psychologists

Prosthetists / orthotists


Social workers in England

Speech and language therapists

9. The HCPC regulates social workers in England. Social workers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are separately regulated by the relevant Care Council in that country.

10. To contact us via social media, use the Twitter handle @The_HCPC or search the Health and Care Professions Council on Facebook or LinkedIn.

Anna Hill
020 7840 9806

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