Education Update

Issued 13 March 2020

COVID-19: Information for education providers

We understand that many education providers and placement providers are implementing contingency plans to address the challenges presented by COVID-19.

We appreciate that these challenges may result in a need to depart from established procedures of running education and training programmes. In this instance, we acknowledge, that you, as the Education Provider is best placed to implement contingency plans to address the academic and clinical requirements of your students.

The relevant Registration Board’s Criteria for Education and Training programmes are used to ensure that programmes have systems in place to consistently and effectively produce graduates who meet the standards of proficiency for entry to the register. Therefore, as you adapt your plans in managing the risks associated with COVID-19, you must ensure that any such changes do not prevent learners from attaining the standards of proficiency upon graduation.   

At this stage it is not a requirement to notify us of the changes you put in place. 

As the function of the Registration Board is to protect the public, it is essential that the public are assured that all registered professionals have completed a programme meeting the threshold Criteria for Education and Training programmes and have confidence that the registrant meet the Standards of Proficiency for that profession.