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05.03.13

Speech and language therapist standard changes proposed

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has launched a consultation on the proposed changes to the profession-specific standards of proficiency for speech and language therapists.

The standards ensure safe and effective practice in the UK and health professionals and stakeholders are invited to provide their views.

The language used in the standards may be changed to ensure they are appropriate and applicable. The HCPC aims to maintain as much consistency as possible in the standards.

Director of policy and standards, Michael Guthrie, commented: “We are reviewing the standards for speech and language therapists to ensure they continue to be set at an appropriate level for entry to the HCPC Register and so they reflect the current practice.

“We are interested in responses from a wide range of stakeholders, including professionals and education providers. After the consultation, we will analyse the responses to decide if any changes are needed. We will then publish the final standards as approved by our Council and will work with education and training providers to phase in the standards.”

The consultation is open until June 28.

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