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The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is a healthcare regulator who monitors 15 health and care services across the country. They keep an HCPC register of care professionals who meet their standards, and outline exactly what they expect of their registrants. Also, all health and care professionals are set standards for their education and training, conduct, proficiency plus many more factors.

Their standards are made public on their website, explaining what they expect from their registrants, and education and training programmes must be in line with their advice and guidance. Here at Doncaster Foot Clinic, we are proud of our HCPC registration status, and we work tirelessly to meet their standards and provide our patients with the best care possible.

Want to know more about the council’s standards? Read our article below.

Conduct and Performance

One of the main areas that the HCPC monitor for standards checks is the conduct and performance of a registrant. They broadly set out how they expect services to behave and explain what the public should expect from said service. If someone raises concerns about healthcare service, the council will refer to its conduct and performance standards to determine whether to take action.

There are ten standards related to conduct and performance, all of which set out to protect the public from bad service and to hold those on the register of health care professionals accountable. Standards include the promotion and protection of interests of service users and carers, respecting confidentiality and the management of risk.

Doncaster Foot Clinic are proud to be a part of the HCPC register and will continue to work to their standards to ensure the safety of our patients.

Proficiency and Development

Proficiency means standards that all healthcare professionals must meet to become a part of and stay on the register. They set out threshold standards that you must meet before joining, they establish clear expectations of a service’s knowledge before they start practising, and outline what the public should expect. All registrants must continue to meet proficiency standards, and each profession and protected title has its own set to measure up to.

Standards of continuing professional development (CPD) involves registrants keeping up-to-date with the knowledge in their field and ensuring that they are continuing to develop. To keep up to HCPC standard, registrants must keep a record of their CPD records, ensure that their CPD benefits its users, and that it has contributed to their quality of service.

Education Training

The HCPC register will also assess any education and training programmes provided by healthcare services. HCPC will regulate these programmes, and those who are successful in their training will be eligible to sign up to the HCPC register. Also, learners can make clear what they expect from a HCPC registered service.

There are requirements that you need to meet in order to be considered for the register. For instance, some services require a bachelor of science degree to become a professional. Services will be regulated based on how they admit applicants, the design and governance of their programmes, and their design and delivery.


Due to the Covid- 19 pandemic, the HCPC has developed a range of factors to consider when regulating services based on whether they meet their standards. For instance, if you cannot treat a patient because it does not fit into your scope of practice, you must refer them to another service.

The HCPC register has also mapped out how you can manage risks within your practise, how you can prevent infection and control it, as well as detailing information on how you can communicate better during the pandemic.

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Standards of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)