The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is seeking views on their proposal to permanently amend their Rules to give them the express power to hold hearings remotely.
On 4 March 2020, the HCPC was granted an amendment to our existing Rules by the Department of Health and Social Care, which gave the express provision to hold hearings remotely during an emergency. Currently, the Coronavirus emergency provisions are due to expire on 30 September 2021.
HCPC would like to continue to hold hearings remotely once the emergency period ends, where it is fair and practical to do so. They are therefore seeking an amendment to our Rules to give us permanent powers to hold hearings remotely.
You can find the consultation questions, more detail on their reasoning for the proposal, and information about their experience of holding remote hearings in the consultation document on HCPCs website. You should read the consultation document fully prior to completing the online questionnaire.
The consultation opens today and you can download the consultation document by visiting the consultation page.
Closing date for responses is the 23rd November 2021
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With the first ever Prosthetists and Orthotists (P&O) Day only days away the British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (BAPO) is reminding prosthetists and orthotists to support the awareness day in their own services and organisations.
Taking place on the 8th September 2021, the awareness day aims to raise the profile of the two disciplines primarily with other health and care professionals. The day will provide the opportunity for prosthetists and orthotists to celebrate the profession and the benefit these roles have for patients accessing the services.
A suite of case studies is being prepared, based on information shared from prosthetists and orthotists across the country, to demonstrate the role the profession play in promoting patient wellbeing, health and rehabilitation.
There is also a P&O Day toolkit which includes various assets – social media content, website banners, posters etc – for BAPO members to use throughout their organisations and networks to raise the profile of the awareness day. The toolkit can be accessed here.
If you have got a case study or success story to share about the P&O profession, please complete the template which can be found on the P&O Day page on the BAPO website and return it by 31 August 2021
The British Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (BAPO) is the professional body for Prosthetists and Orthotists in the UK. Prosthetist/orthotist is a regulated profession under the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and undertake qualification via an established BSC(hons) or by emerging routes to practice.
We have been identified as an ‘at risk’ profession and require to increase our number of graduates to meet the NHS service requirements. Our training places are limited by the number of available practice placements in the UK. Our 2 established training schools at the University of Salford and Strathclyde University have increased the their intake of undergraduates in the last 12 months. The new apprenticeship programme at Derby University alongside the Masters level entry course at Keele University will increase training numbers by a minimum of 20 extra students a year. With the first co-horts expected in January 2022, increasing placement capacity as well as improving the quality and support for the placement educators has become imperative.
This 12 month project is funded by the Health Education England (HEE) within the clinical placement expansion programme of work launched 2020. This is a funded programme of activities to support all allied health professions expand and improve practice placements.
This project will deliver a package of measures to increase practice educator numbers and placements for P&O students in the UK with a legacy that will be self sustaining going forward into 2021 and beyond.
- Map existing placement centres
- Standardise education and create resources to support practice educator training in the UK for Prosthetist/orthotists.
Identify and address barriers to placements
- Demonstrate the value of students contribution to a centre
- Challenge current placement models and offer alternative models
- Improve placement experience for students by adopting supervision models and providing peer support for students.
- Improve placement experience for educators by creating streamline, standardised process and peer support
- Expand opportunities to attend specialist clinics by collaborating across localities
- Increase numbers of practice educators across UK.
- Create a practice educator network for P&O across the UK to become self sustainable into the future
To achieve this we have engaged with all of the universities (existing and prospective) running our training programmes in the UK and would like your help as placement educators to join us in this project and achieve our goals.
We are running several listening events and you can join these sessions on the links below:
Nick Gallogly Practice Placement Co-ordinator
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