The first of the standards of education and training (‘SET 1’) sets out the threshold level of qualification for entry to the Register for each of the professions.
Between 25 September 2017 and 15 December 2017, HCPC consulted on changing SET 1 for paramedics. The majority of respondents supported a change to degree level.
On 21 March 2018 the Council agreed that the threshold level should change from ‘Equivalent to Certificate of Higher Education’ to ‘Bachelor degree with honours’. We have concluded this is necessary to deliver the Standards of proficiency for paramedics to the depth required for contemporary practice.
Implementation of the change to the threshold level will be phased as follows:
- From 22 March 2018, we will not accept new applications for approval of paramedic programmes that are delivered below degree level.
- From 1 September 2021, we will withdraw approval from existing programmes delivered below the new threshold level. They will not be able to take on any new students.
This change does not directly affect existing registered paramedics, or students part way through pre-registration education and training programmes. This change applies only to pre-registration education and training programmes and not to individuals.
To provide guidance on the impact of this change, we have produced a series of FAQs and a flow chart. This is targeted at registered paramedics, student paramedics and prospective paramedic students.
Further information, large flowchart, FAQs and contacts HERE.