Student fitness to practice

There could be interesting times ahead for students on paramedic courses as the Health Professions Council (HPC) launches a consultation on the most effective way of assuring student fitness to practice. Currently the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the General Social Care Council (GSCC) maintain voluntary registers of students studying on programmes that lead to registration with the respective registering bodies but the HPC does not have the power to register students. The Health and Social Care Bill 2011, currently before parliament, would change that position and allow the HPC to set up voluntary registers of students studying on programmes that lead to registration.

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