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Council Decisions 4 December 2012


Health and Care Professions Council meeting summary

Health and Care Professions Council meeting summary

Tuesday 4 December 2012

This is a summary of the decisions made at the Council held on Tuesday 4 December. The full agenda and papers are available on our website at:

Full minutes of the meeting will be published as part of the papers for the next Council Meeting.

Regulating the adult social care workforce
The Council discussed and approved, subject to slight amendment, a policy statement in relation to HCPC’s proposals for how adult social care workers in England might be regulated. In addition, Council agreed that further incremental work to develop the proposals be incorporated into the Policy and Standards workplan for 2013-2014.

Revalidation: Fitness to Practise data analysis .
The Council discussed the findings of some multi-variant data analysis carried out by Lesley Brookes (Oxford Brookes University) as part of the programme of work looking at continuing fitness to practice and revalidation.

At the Council meeting on 18 October 2012, the Council discussed whether a ‘standard on leadership’ should be included in the profession-specific standards of proficiency and requested the opportunity to discuss this further.

The Council agreed that such a standard should be included in the profession-specific standards. Whilst Council agreed their preferred wording “Understand the concept of leadership and its application to practice,” it was noted that this would be subject to appropriate consultation with each profession.

Standards of proficiency consultation analysis and revised standards for dietitians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and radiographers
The Council discussed and approved the consultation response analysis and draft standards of proficiency for those professions set out above. (See decision on leadership).

Standards of proficiency consultation for chiropodists and podiatrists and prosthetists and orthotists
The Council discussed and approved the consultation document in relation to the above standards of proficiency. (See decision on leadership)

Consultation on criteria for approving Approved Mental Health Professional Programmes (AMHP) in England
The General Social Care Council (GSCC) previously had a statutory responsibility to approve Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) education programmes in England, as part of their role in regulating social workers in England.

HCPC has taken on responsibility for approving these programmes in England, and has powers to set criteria for approving AMHP programmes, to publish those criteria and to communicate the criteria to education providers. These powers and responsibilities to approve AMHP programmes only extends to England.

The Council discussed and approved a consultation paper which sets out the draft criteria for approving AMHP programmes.

Continuation of appointment of external auditor.
Council approved the continuation of the appointment of the National Audit Office as HCPC’s external auditor

If you need any further information about the decisions of Council, please contact Louise Hart by email at

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