Closed Consultations


Consultation on Standards for prescribing

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is seeking views on proposed changes to the Standards for prescribing.

The Standards for prescribers have two purposes and so are set out in two parts.

  • The standards for education providers set out the processes and procedures that an education provider delivering training in prescribing must have in place in order to deliver the training safely and effectively.
  • The standards for all prescribers set out the knowledge, understanding and skills that a registrant must have when they complete their prescribing training and which they must continue to meet once in practice.

These standards, therefore, set out safe and effective prescribing practice. They are the threshold standards we consider necessary to protect members of the public. They are also the standards we use to assess and approve education and training programmes in prescribing.

The HCPC’s current Standards for prescribing were published in August 2013. Since this time, we have seen a number of important changes in non-medical prescribing practice and regulation.

Click here to Download the consultation document, which sets out the background to the review and our consultation questions.

The closing date for responses is Friday 4 January 2019

The Academy for Healthcare Science submitted the following response:

“AHCS Council & Board have reviewed this consultation and have no major comments to feedback from healthcare scientists. 

We are supportive of the NHSE Medication Management project to allow administration of medicines by Clinical Scientists and Biomedical Scientists in extended roles.  Prescribing will be a much later phase of this programme (if it happens at all) so we would suggest that the document refers to “prescribing and administration of medicines” rather than just prescribing.”


Consultation on HCPC registration fees

HCPC are consulting on proposals to increase registration fees. If adopted, the changes would be effective from 1 October 2019 and existing registrants would pay the new renewal fee when their profession next renews its registration.

The increases are needed to support HCPC’s new strategic focus of promoting professionalism and preventing fitness to practise issues from arising.  HCPC also need to continue to invest in the services offered to registrants. The consultation takes place in the context of keeping pace with the cost of inflation and the impact on their operations and income when social workers in England transfer to Social Work England in 2019.

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Click here to read the joint Open Letter.


Consultation on Standards for prescribing

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is seeking views on proposed changes to the Standards for prescribing.

The Standards for prescribers have two purposes and so are set out in two parts.

  • The standards for education providers set out the processes and procedures that an education provider delivering training in prescribing must have in place in order to deliver the training safely and effectively.
  • The standards for all prescribers set out the knowledge, understanding and skills that a registrant must have when they complete their prescribing training and which they must continue to meet once in practice.

These standards, therefore, set out safe and effective prescribing practice. They are the threshold standards we consider necessary to protect members of the public. They are also the standards we use to assess and approve education and training programmes in prescribing.

The HCPC’s current Standards for prescribing were published in August 2013. Since this time, we have seen a number of important changes in non-medical prescribing practice and regulation.

The consultation is now open. Download the consultation document, which sets out the background to the review and our consultation questions.

If you would like your comments to be included in the Academy for Healthcare’s One Voice response, please submit your comments to admin@ahcs.ac.uk no later than Friday 7th December, 2018. 

The closing date for responses is Friday 4 January 2019.


CPD Joint Position Statement Review Group

The Interprofessional CPD and Lifelong learning UK Working Group has produced a draft Joint CPD Statement Version 5 for consultation.

If you would like your comments to be included in a One Voice response, please email admin@ahcs.ac.uk no later than 10th September, 2018.

The consultation deadline is 20th September 2018.

Click here to read the AHCS One Voice Response.


CPD Joint Position Statement Review Group

The Interprofessional CPD and Lifelong learning UK Working Group has produced a draft Joint CPD Statement Version 5 for consultation.

If you would like your comments to be included in a One Voice response, please email admin@ahcs.ac.uk no later than 10th September, 2018.

The consultation deadline is 20th September 2018.

Click here to read the AHCS One Voice Response.


Consultation on the revised Indicative Sanctions Policy

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is seeking views on a revised version of our Indicative Sanctions Policy.

The Indicative Sanctions Policy sets out the principles Practice Committee Panels should consider when deciding what, if any, sanction should be applied in fitness to practise cases. It aims to ensure that decisions are fair, consistent and transparent.

The Policy was first published in 2004, and has been kept up-to date when required. We have now taken the opportunity to undertake a more comprehensive review of the existing Policy. This consultation seeks views on these changes.

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Click here to read the AHCS One Voice Response


NHS/PHE Workforce Strategy Consultation
NHS and Public Health England are seeking views from across the Country to inform the Workforce Strategy that will be published in July 2018. The Strategy has been developed by the whole health and care system.

Click here to read the Academy’s submitted response.

Closed March 23rd 2018


Consultation – Promoting Professionalism, Reforming Regulation

The Government has published a consultation on “Promoting professionalism, reforming regulation” – see full details on the link above.

Click here to read the Academy’s submitted response.

Closed 23rd January 2018


The regulation of medical associate professions in the UK
The DoH is seeking views on the regulation of medical associate professions (MAPs) in the UK. See full details on the link above.
Closed 22nd December 2017


Call for evidence and briefing note: EEA-workers in the UK labour market
In response to this consultation, RSB are looking to collate evidence from our members, in the form of career experience case studies.
Closed 27 October 2017


Select Committee Consultation on Brexit
The House of Commons Select Committee at Westminster has asked RCPath for their views on the regulatory arrangements needed to guarantee safe and effective supply of medicines, medical devices and products post-Brexit.
Closed 23rd October 2017


Algorithms in decision-making inquiry
Science and Technology Committee inquiry into the increasing use of algorithms in public and business decision making.
Closed 20 October 2017


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Research Integrity
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Closed 5 October 2017


Genomics and genome editing in the NHS inquiry
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Closed 13 October 2017


BBSRC: Invitation to comment – strategy for UK biotechnology and biological sciences
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Closed 11 October 2017


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