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HPC Launch updated standards of conduct, performance, and ethics for the thirteen professions it regulates
Today the Health Professions Council has launched its revised standards of conduct, performance and ethics (SCPE) for all registrants and potential registrants. The SCPE are the fundamental standards the HPC consider essential to protect the health and wellbeing of the public who use the services of its registrants.
The SCPE explain what registrants must keep to, what kind of behaviour is likely to lead to the HPC taking disciplinary action and ultimately the responsibilities of being a health professional. Everyone who applies to go on the HPC Register must confirm that they have read, and agree to keep to, the standards.
The HPC consulted on the revised standards between July and September 2007, the consultation document was sent to over 300 organisations. The review was led by the HPC’s Conduct and Competence Committee.
The standards were reviewed to make sure they were fit for purpose, and that they continued to meet the expectations of the public, registrants and other stakeholders. There were not many changes to the standards, but the changes that have been made are significant.
Amendments have been made to Standard 4 providing important information about conduct, competence or health. Standard 5, keeping professional knowledge and skills up-to-date and standard 8, effective supervision of tasks delegated to others to carry out. Minor amendments, including changes to terminology, were made to several other standards.