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Last week (Tuesday 21st October), we hosted our second online discussion, which gave social work practitioners the opportunity to find out more information about how they can ensure they are meeting the required standards to re-register with the HCPC with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

The session proved to be extremely popular amongst social workers, many of whom had their questions answered by our panel of experts . It was evident from the conversation that many practitioners were still unsure about what they can count as part of their CPD profile; if you still have a few questions, you can read the advice given by our panelists in the replay.

We have been actively supporting social workers ahead of the HCPC's renewal deadline on the 30th November, and have been answering practitioners questions via our first discussion (which was held in August), our extended Q&A blog and our recent report:'Your CPD Questions Answered.'

For those who submitted additional questions via our post-event survey, please see the answers below:


Q

Ruksana Jalal: How are people selected for audit, is this out of a hat, or surname?

A

HCPC: Whenever a profession renews its registration, we randomly audit (check) the CPD of 2.5% of professionals from that profession. Those registrants who are chosen for audit must submit a CPD profile to show how their CPD meets our standards.

Q

Deborah Duffett: Is there a shut off date when no more selections of candidates are chosen to prove CPD?

Guest: Does anyone know if the process of selecting registrants for audit is time limited or will this process remain open ended?

A

HCPC: Individuals have now been selected for CPD and should have received a letter from the HCPC about the process and what you need to do. As long as the HCPC has the correct address for an individual they will have received this letter. Obviously if you've had a change of address it is your responsibility to let HCPC know about this as we need this to correspond with you in relation to your renewal and if you have been selected for CPD.

You can call the Registrations Department at HCPC on 0845 300 4472 for further clarification.

Q

Guest: I have always registered on a form in the past, and I have found the online process a little bit difficult to follow because I'm not great with computers

A

HCPC: We do encourage people to register online. It is the most easiest and reliable way to register. We have a step by step video found at:
https://www.hcpc-uk.org/registrants/renew/howtorenewonline/

Q

Pearlene Spence: I will be sending a copy of a report and copies of emails as evidence when discussing a case study. Do I need to block the names out or can I send it as it is?

A

HCPC: The simple answer is where you think there needs to be confidentiality (including client mentions) then block the names of individuals out.

Q

Guest: I am currently overseas in Africa and naturally want to ensure that my voluntary work here does not go unnoticed by HCPC and that as a QSW it is a universal experience which can and should be shared with others worldwide, to recognise that there are countries where Social Work and practice is different with different emphasis.

A

HCPC: An individual has to demonstrate that they meet the CPD standards by doing the following:
  • Maintain a continuous, up-to-date and accurate record of their CPD activities
  • Their CPD activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice
  • Seek to ensure that their CPD has contributed to the quality of their practice and service delivery
  • Seek to ensure that their CPD benefits the service user
  • Upon request, present a written profile (which must be their own work and supported by evidence) explaining how they have met the standards for CPD.


  • If you have any further questions relating to CPD or the ongoing renewal process with the HCPC, or perhaps you would like to suggest a new topic for a future online discussion, please feel free to let us know in the 'comments' box below.



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