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HCPC publishes new standards of proficiency for clinical scientists

02/12/2014 12:21:21

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has today published revised standards of proficiency for clinical scientists.

The standards of proficiency are the professional standards that every registrant must meet in order to become registered, and must continue to meet in order to remain on the HCPC Register. The standards set out what professionals should know, understand and be able to do to practise safely and effectively.

The standards of proficiency are divided into generic standards (which apply to all HCPC-regulated professions) and standards specific to each profession. The HCPC Council approved revised generic standards in March 2011 and the HCPC is now working to update the standards that apply to each individual profession. The revised profession-specific standards for clinical scientists have been published as part of this process.

Michael Guthrie, Director of Policy and Standards, commented:

“We have worked with the Associationfor Clinical Biochemistry & Laboratory Medicine to review the standards and asked them to make recommendations. We have also considered the feedback we received from our public consultation and are grateful to all those who participated in the process.

“The changes we have made to the profession-specific standards for clinical scientists ensure that they reflect current practice and include language that is appropriate to the profession.”

The HCPC will now work with education providers to implement the new standards.

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