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HPC guidance out for consultation

The Health Professions Council is inviting views on two new pieces of guidance.

One consultation is aimed at students and sets out the conduct and ethics expected of them as they prepare for registration.

Michael Guthrie, HPC head of policy and standards, said: ‘We hope the guidance will be useful to students both on their training and once they are working.’

A second consultation concerns the HPC’s ‘health and character’ processes. The council checks each individual’s health and character when they apply to join the register to ensure they are able to practise safely and effectively.

The new guidance offers more information about the processes the council uses and the principles it follows when making decisions about health and character.

Mr Guthrie said it was important the new guidance was ‘fit for purpose and applicable to all our registrants for the 13 professions we regulate’.

Sally Gosling, CSP assistant director of practice and development, said the Society would be responding formally to the consultations. ‘It is welcome that the HPC sees the importance of addressing students as prospective registrants,’ she added. ‘The role of strengthening professional regulation and public protection logically begins with individuals’ preparation to becoming a healthcare professional.’ 

Both consultations run until 30 April.


The full documents can be downloaded from the HPC website:

Members can respond to the HPC individually and/or submit their views to the CSP, email



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