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HCPC Launches Consultation on the Revised Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has launched a consultation on draft revised Standards of conduct, performance and ethics.

 

HCPC

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has today launched a consultation on draft revised Standards of conduct, performance and ethics.

These are the high level ethical standards we publish for all the professionals we register, setting out in broad terms the behaviour we expect of them. They reflect both public expectations of professionals and the high standards that professionals expect of each other.

We started reviewing the Standards in order to make sure they were fit for purpose and relevant, undertaking a range of activities with employers, partners, registrants and service users and carers to gather feedback about the existing standards and how to improve them. We also convened a working group, known as a Professional Liaison Group (PLG), to help us put together a revised set of the Standards for consultation.

Following this work, we are proposing a number of changes to the Standards including:

  • a dedicated standard about registrants reporting and escalating concerns that they might have about the safety and well-being of service users (standard 7).
  • a new standard about registrants being open and honest when things go wrong (standard 8). Registrants would be expected to tell service users and carers when they become aware that something has gone wrong with the care, treatment or other services that they provide and to take action to put matters right wherever possible. They would also be required to consider making an apology and to make sure that the service user receives an explanation of what happened.
  • changes to the structure of the Standards to improve their accessibility, particularly to service users and carers.

Michael Guthrie, HCPC's Director of Policy & Standards said "The Standards of conduct, performance and ethics set out the behaviours we expect from our registrants. They also play an important role in helping us make registration and fitness to practise decisions.

"It is important to make sure that the Standards continue to be fit for purpose, up-to-date and well understood by registrants and the public so we would encourage all our stakeholders, including the professions, employers as well as service users and carers to respond to the consultation with their views on the proposed draft standards."

The consultation will run from 1 April until 26 June 2015. Once the consultation has closed we will consider the feedback we received to finalise the standards. We expect that new standards will be in place in early 2016.

To see the consultation on the revised Standards of conduct, performance and ethics and to take part Click Here.

 

Source: HCPC

 

 

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