How we consult and how to get involved
Consultations form a key part of our internal decision making process. We consult on the standards and guidance that we publish, alongside key policy decisions that we make.
The consultation process
We typically consult around 3-5 times a year, on topics ranging from revisions to our standards, to wider policy changes such as our registration fees.
As part of our commitment to meeting good practice, we follow the Government Consultation Principles.
Our consultations typically run for 12 weeks. During this time, we accept responses by email, post, and via an online SurveyMonkey survey.
When a consultation is live, it will go up on our open consultations page. During a consultation, this will be publicised via our social media, external events, the website and our newsletter, HCPC In Focus.
Each consultation’s page will contain the following information:
- A summary of the consultation topic
- How long the consultation will run for
- How to respond
- A link to the consultation document (this sets out the background to the particular consultation, provides details on the proposals we are consulting on, and sets out the consultation questions)
Once a consultation is closed, the responses received are analysed by the Policy and Standards department. These responses are used to form our final decisions. A summary of these responses is presented alongside any decisions we make in light of a consultation. This summary goes through all of the applicable committees and Council before being published on the consultations’ page within closed consultations on the website.
How to get involved in our consultations
Review our open consultations and see if we’re consulting on a topic you’d like to get involved in.
When you see a consultation you are interested in responding to, click on the relevant link within the open consultations listing.
Download and read the consultation document, to find out more information on the particular topic, what we are proposing and to view the consultation questions.
Review the consultation questions, then follow the SurveyMonkey link contained within the document / open consultation page.
Complete and submit the survey. Alternatively, get in touch with the Policy and Standards department.
If you have any questions about this process, please contact us by email or call the Policy and Standards department at 020 7840 9815.
If you have any questions about this process, please get in touch by email or phone.
We are committed to ensuring that our consultations are accessible to all.
Therefore, if you would like to request our consultation document in another format, such as large print or in Welsh, please contact the Policy and Standards team.
Do you have any or ideas or comments on how we consult or ways our consultation process can be improved? Write to the Policy and Standards department at the following address:
Policy and Standards Department
Health and Care Professions Council
184-186 Kennington Park Road
London SE11 4BU