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Issue 67 | January 2017

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In this issue we introduce you to our two new lay Council members, Sue Gallone and Gavin Scott, and give you the opportunity to input into the development of our new website by completing our survey.

We also highlight two recently revised publications, Guidance on health and character and the Standards of proficiency for social workers in England.


Look out for the next issue of HCPC In Focus in March 2017.


Daniel Knight, Editor

The HCPC have commissioned research to better understand stakeholder needs. The findings will inform the development of our website and online services.

The survey is independent, confidential and should take around 10 minutes to complete. It will close at 9am on Monday 6 February 2017.


Click here to complete the survey.

The revised Standards of proficiency for social workers in England were published on Monday 9 January 2017.

The standards set out what a social worker in England should know, understand and be able to do when they complete their social work training so they can register with us. They set out clear expectations of a social workers’ knowledge and abilities when they start practising. These are the threshold standards we consider necessary to protect the public. Once registered social workers must continue to meet the standards.

We first published these standards in August 2012, and review them regularly. A number of changes and additions have been made, mainly to reflect developments in education and practice.

The new standards include the following.

• Be able to identify and apply strategies to build professional resilience.

• Understand the principles of information governance and be aware of the safe and effective use of health and social care information.

• Understand the concept of leadership and its application to practice.

To download your copy visit our website.

We are pleased to announce the appointment of two new lay members to Council, Sue Gallone and Gavin Scott.

Sue Gallone is a chartered management accountant and experienced executive director who has held a range of leadership roles including director of finance and resources at the Human Tissue Authority and Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, and in a non-departmental public body of the Ministry of Justice.

Gavin Scott lives and works in Scotland with current non-executive roles including membership of committees of the Scottish Prison Service and COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland). He is a chartered accountant and has previously held non-executive roles at the University of Edinburgh and Strathclyde Pension Fund.

Elaine Buckley, Council Chair, commented: “I am delighted to welcome Sue and Gavin to the Council. Their diverse skills and experience in a variety of roles across the public, private and charity sectors will be a valuable contribution to the Council.”

We are currently recruiting for the roles of Lay Panel Member and Registered Prosthetists / Orthotists Panel Member.

Panel Members are responsible for handling complaints known as ‘allegations’ about the fitness to practise of the health and care professionals we regulate.

Application closes on 19 February 2017.

For more information and to apply visit our website.

HCPC Employer Webcast, Thursday 2 March 2017, 10.30am


Join us for our live webcast, designed specifically for those who employ, manage or supervise HCPC registrants. The webcast will be made up of 15 minute bite-size sessions on registration, fitness to practise and CPD, so you can choose from any topic or join us for all of the webcast.

For more information and to register visit our website.

HCPC Student Webcast, Thursday 30 March, 12.30pm

We are running a live webcast specifically designed for students who would like to learn more about the HCPC and joining the Register.


The webcast will include:


– an overview of the HCPC and our role;

– joining the Register;

– the standards of conduct, performance and ethics;

– continuing professional development; and

– a Q&A session.

Register for the Webcast on our website.

Naidex, Tuesday 28 – Wednesday 30 March 2017

The HCPC is pleased to continue its ongoing support for Naidex and are once again show partners. Naidex takes place at the NEC Birmingham from Tuesday 28 Thursday 30 March 2017. It is Europe’s most far-reaching trade, professional and consumer show dedicated to the care, rehabilitation and lifestyle of people with disabilities.


To register for free tickets for the event visit the Naidex website.

Revised Guidance on health and character published

On Monday 16 January 2017 we published revised Guidance on health and character. The document provides guidance on our processes when assessing the health and character of people who have applied to be on our Register, or are already a registrant.

The relationship between a registrant and the service user is based on trust, confidence and professionalism. By checking a person’s health and character, we can help to reduce the risk of harm and support the public’s trust in the professions that we regulate.

This revision includes several updates including the removal of any reference to ‘character reference’, updated terminology around the requirements on the declaration of cautions and convictions, and updates to legislative and legal language in general.

Groups who may find this document useful include those applying to be registered or considering applying, those currently registered, those working in education and making decisions about students applying to a programme and those working in education and advising students on applying for registration.

Download the publication from our website.

Feedback on registration

At the HCPC we are committed to developing and improving the service provided by our Registration Department and we would like your help by providing feedback in our independently-managed registrant survey.

If you would like to provide feedback, please complete the survey.

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