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We have emphasised the role and importance of leadership at all levels of practice.

The key changes in the updated standards of proficiency can be grouped into a number of themes, of which this is one. The changes in the updated standards extend beyond these themes. To see them all, download the
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We believe in the importance of registrants being autonomous professionals and in displaying leadership without needing to be in a management role.

Specific standards:

Registrants must:

  • 8.6: understand the qualities, behaviours and benefits of leadership
  • 8.7: recognise that leadership is a skill all professionals can demonstrate
  • 8.8: identify their own leadership qualities, behaviours and approaches, taking into account the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion  
  • 8.9: demonstrate leadership behaviours appropriate to their practice

Expectations of registrants:

  • Leadership is not just about the management or supervision of others, but is an attribute all registrants should demonstrate in their roles
  • Leadership will mean different things in different roles and there is no set way to show leadership
  • We will be developing online material about leadership, but registrants can also consult their professional body, union or employer for further resources

Registrants should use their professional judgement when applying these standards. How you meet the standards will depend on your role, your workplace and your individual scope of practice.

What registrants need to do

Registrants need to ensure that they meet the updated standards as far as they relate to their scope of practice. We recommend dedicating some continuing professional development (CPD) time to making sure that any gaps between the standards and your current practice are filled. Our gap analysis tool can be a good starting point for this.

Evidence of these activities does not need to be submitted to the HCPC outside of a normal CPD audit. If you are selected for CPD audit, we’ll contact you at the beginning of your renewal window.



Fact sheet on leadership

Summary video on leadership

#myHCPCstandards webinar on leadership

A 45-minute webinar on this theme, hosted by HCPC's Professional Liaison Consultant Florence Milliken. This session sets out the context for the updates and take a more in-depth look at each theme. 

Resources from this webinar:

Gap analysis tool

Learn about the changes

Themes: Find out more on what is different

The key changes in the updated standards of proficiency can be grouped into a number of themes. The themes are:

Across all the standards, the wording has moved away from passive understanding and towards active implementation of the standards

Page updated on: 05/10/2023