HCPC standards and keeping records

HCPC standards of conduct, performance and ethics


The full set of standards of conduct, performance and ethics can be found on the HCPC website. From these, the following standards are considered to have particular relevance for this key area of professional practice:

10. Keep records of your work

Keep accurate records

10.1 You must keep full, clear, and accurate records for everyone you care for, treat, or provide other services to.

10.2 You must complete all records promptly and as soon as possible after providing care, treatment or other services.

Keep records secure

10.3 You must keep records secure by protecting them from loss, damage or inappropriate access.

HCPC standards of proficiency for speech and language therapists


The full set of standards of proficiency for speech and language therapists can be found on the HCPC website. From these, the following standards are considered to have particular relevance for this key area of professional practice:

Registrant speech and language therapists must:

1. be able to practise safely and effectively within their scope of practice.

1.2 recognise the need to manage their own workload and resources effectively and be able to practise accordingly.


2. be able to practise within the legal and ethical boundaries of their profession.

2.2 understand what is required of them by the Health and Care Professions Council.

2.5 know about current legislation applicable to the work of their profession.


3. be able to maintain fitness to practise.

3.1 understand the need to maintain high standards of personal and professional conduct.


7. understand the importance of and be able to maintain confidentiality.

7.1 be aware of the limits of the concept of confidentiality.

7.2 understand the principles of information governance and be aware of the safe and effective use of health and social care information.

7.3 be able to recognise and respond appropriately to situations where it is necessary to share information to safeguard service users or the wider public.

7.4 be aware that the concepts of confidentiality and informed consent extend to illustrative records such as photography, video and audio recordings.


10. be able to maintain records appropriately.

10.1 be able to keep accurate, comprehensive and comprehensible records in accordance with applicable legislation, protocols and guidelines.

10.2 recognise the need to manage records and all other information in accordance with applicable legislation, protocols and guidelines.


12. be able to assure the quality of their practice.

12.1 be able to engage in evidence-based practice, evaluate practice systematically and participate in audit procedures.

12.3 be aware of the role of audit and review in quality management, including quality control, quality assurance and the use of appropriate outcome measures.

12.4 be able to maintain an effective audit trail and work towards continual improvement.


14. be able to draw on appropriate knowledge and skills to inform practice.

14.3 be able to formulate specific and appropriate management plans including the setting of timescales.

14.4 be able to gather appropriate information.

HCPC standards for continuing professional development


The HCPC provides standards for continuing professional development and expects all registrants to continue to develop their knowledge and skills while they are registered. See the RCSLT’s professional development section for further information and guidance on CPD and how to record it. 





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