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Thursday, 08 October 2015

Revised guidance for disabled people looking at careers in health and social care

Written by The Editorial Team

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has launched revised guidance for disabled people who are considering or training to become a professional regulated by the HCPC.

The guide will also be useful for individuals working in education and training, careers advisors, those teaching, supervising or supporting disabled students and occupational health professionals.

There are four parts which encompass information about HCPC and our standards, useful information for disabled people, a section for education providers and also where to find more dedicated website pages on health and disability.

Following a three month consultation with stakeholders, including course leaders, professional bodies, students and employers, it also now includes new guidance on disclosing disabilities, information about education providers’ responsibilities and detailed examples of reasonable adjustments to reflect complex cases.

Nicole Casey, HCPC Acting Director of Policy and Standards commented: “Disabled people have an important contribution to make to the health and care professions we regulate. Having a health condition or disability should not be seen as a barrier to becoming a registered health and care professional. Many people who have disabilities successfully complete our approved training programmes, go on to register with us and practise as health and care professionals.

“We hope that this revised guidance will encourage, enable and support disabled people who are considering or training to become HCPC-registered professionals.”

The Guide is available in a range of different formats available on request by emailing publications@hcpc-uk.org, or you can download a copy by visiting this HCPC webpage.

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