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Becki Meakin, Joanna Matthews

November 2013

In 2013 Shaping Our Lives were commissioned by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to carry out a consultation with service users and carers to review the HCPC Standards of conduct, performance and ethics, prior to a public consultation process on the standards in 2014/15. The HCPC, as a regulator for health and social care professionals whose main aim is to protect the public, was interested in examining how the standards were used, their accessibility to service users and carers, and how ethical principles could best be translated into understanding and practice. Shaping Our Lives interviewed a range of service users and carers about their awareness of and perspective on the HCPC and the standards. The report found that while there was broad agreement with the standards as they existed, there was low awareness of the HCPC and the standards and the standards were not accessible to all Disabled people. There was also concern about the difference between the aspiration of the standards and actual delivery within the constraints of time, resources and budgets. The report made recommendations on what a new set of standards should look like, and how they could be made more accessible, inclusive and applicable to the reality of health and social care provision.
In partnership/with support of: Health and Care Professions Council
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