The purpose of Health Practice Associates is to protect the health and well being of patients who use the services of the individuals registered with us. We only seek to register people who meet the expected standards for their vocation’s skills, conduct and competence.
Before going live HPA was developed in consultation with the NHS, Voluntary & Private Sector over a two year period, with carefully run trials and accumulation of feedback from a group of test registrants and organisations. The HPA panel ensures expert, ethical and peer reviewed governance and oversight of all our registrants.
Health Practice Associates is a non-profit Community Interest Company (CIC) registered in England and Wales, company number 10830551 and is regulated by the Information Commissioner's Office and the Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies. All assets are owned by the public interest and currently all members of the panel and executive team are voluntary.
HPA improves accountability for non-statutory regulated clinicians. Displaying qualifications and professional development, as well as highlight those who fail to meet acceptable standards preserving role autonomy for safe practising clinicians. Registrants can create and store reflective practices in their online portfolio making use of HPA templates. We continue to introduce new features and facilities to support our registrants in developing their CPD.
Public access to the HPA UK Register is free. This includes limited visibility of registrant statuses and other basic information.
Membership carries a nominal monthly fee, where identity and certificates of registrants are checked and checked and verified and a high grade ID card is issued. Profiles host personal information, evidence of training, clinical qualifications, further learning, reflective practices and use of the CPD tool in the “My Portfolio” section. Profile access will also include the ability to receive and respond to NHS and other organisation issued action plans with overdue prompt feature.
This level of access is privileged and if granted carries strict rules relating to the responsible use of associated registrants' data. We also need monies to function, in part from Member subscriptions. We have 4 Bands, based on self-declared industry related turnover which can be found via the organisation registration page. Organisations will
have a comprehensive view of associated registrant profiles which
reflect information such as complaint and compliment history logged by
NHS Trusts and 3rd party organisations. Organisations will receive a
notification when a new complaint/concern is added to a registrant’s
profile well and can also register a new compliment or complaint.
Registrant Training and Qualification Evidence on HPA UK
HPA UK has the facility for registrants to upload personal evidence of clinical, driving and other training qualifications and additional clinical modules. Associated organisations can access this evidence to help assess registered individuals, but verification of qualifications/evidence falls to organisations and Trusts as HPA UK is not responsible for skills or licence validations.
The HPA program intended to improve clinician accountability which in turn helps avoid unsafe individuals gaining access to service users. Consequently standards of practice should be improved.
Trust and Organisation Benefit
Easily accessible information regarding prospective staff members that helps Trusts and organisations to make an informed decision regarding individuals before allowing them access to service users.
Trusts and organisations will receive instant notifications when new complaints or serious concern are added to an associated registrant’s profile by another NHS Trust or Organisation.
Registration improves credibility, accountability and protection of role autonomy.
Registrants will be able to access the My Portfolio CPD tool and use Reflective Practice Templates to write, record, edit, archive, download and share their papers. We believe this will aid registrants in their professional development and even in interviews.
Evidence of continued learning and action plan driven improvements will help develop registrants in their respective roles and improve their clinical standards.
Registrants can easily upload and share certificates/evidence of further learning and/or qualifications with associated Trusts and organisations.
18. Data Security
Q: What is the primary function of HPA?
There are two current focusses: 1) Safeguarding patients and protecting role autonomy through increased accountability 2) Supporting Registrants in their professional development.
By linking in with registered organisations, registrants make themselves nationally accountable, this means that if a safeguarding concern or serious clinical development need regarding a registrant is flagged, the multiagency platform allows all associated organisations to be instantly notified. Future organisations registrants grant associate status to will also be able to view outstanding developmental action plans or ongoing safeguarding or driving standards issues (if any). If a serious concern is reported to HPA by an organisation, Trust, or Police our review panel, made up by representatives from private, voluntary and public sector, will review the evidence supplied to HPA. If upheld a public facing caution or suspension will be applied to his or her basic profile for a set period or indefinitely. HPA will not actively investigate reported concerns, rather we will react to evidence supplied and we will also pass information where necessary.
By firming up national accountability for non-statutory regulated health practice associates, we believe role autonomy for safe practicing clinicians will be further preserved.
Apart from providing a platform for registrants to showcase their skills and achievements, a major update to the system is due to be released within the next week or so which will provide a portfolio management tab to registrant's profile page. This will mean registrants can create a CPD folder using supplied templates with target completion dates for reflective practices which prompt completion and a display a progress bar for each case study. The toolkit makes registrant CPDs shareable, printable, downloadable and easily manageable.
Q: Is HPA a validator of registrant credentials such as clinical qualifications, Identity and drivers licence details.
HPA will check registrant documents, identity, qualifications (including blue light driving certificates) and DBS. All registrants are required to be honest and forth coming informing us if they are unsure about any aspects of the information they have supplied. Registrants must inform HPA of any issues which could result in restrictions to their practice, such as a court order prohibiting them from having access to children or vulnerable adults. All registrants who have been successfully verified by HPA will carry the verified tick on their public profile and a drivers licence style HPA ID card will be issued.
HPA accepts no liability for the actions of registrants or any third party who accepts or provides services in reliance upon an individual's registration. HPA should be viewed as an additional safeguarding and professional development resource designed to further help protect the public through regulation such as the HCPC or the NMC promoting excellence in the national health care economy. Independent checks are always recommended!
Legacy registrants or "Early Adopters" were able to join on the old tier based system for free and are still operating with HPA using the principles of a negative registry. This requires self reporting and openness with HPA regarding any changes in their circumstances which may impact their ethical or demonstrable capacity to operate as a clinician.
We hope this helps shed a bit more light on HPA and thank you for taking the time to read our comments.