Consultation on Standards for Prescribing

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

HCPC - Consultation on Standards for PrescribingThe 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.

The closing date for responses is Friday 4 January 2019. We look forward to receiving your feedback.