What is a professional course?

If you're joining us to study a professional course, you'll be specifically preparing yourself for your chosen career.

Your course will have to meet professional as well as academic standards. For operating department practitioners and paramedics these professional standards are governed by the statutory professional body, The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Physician associates currently have a voluntary register managed by the Royal College of Physicians, Faculty of Physician Associates.

Once you've successfully completed your course, you'll be eligible for membership and registration with the relevant professional and statutory body (PSRB).

PSRBs also monitor the quality of professional courses and supervision in practice. There is an expectation that all students are supervised by mentors who are positive role models, promote the values inherent within the NHS Constitution, and deliver a high-quality service to the public.

NHS values

  • Working together for patients
  • Respect and dignity
  • Commitment to quality of care
  • Compassion
  • Improving lives
  • Everyone counts

Professional values

There are a number of documents which inform the principles and values which underpin professional standards (for example The NHS Constitution 2013 and Compassion in Practice 2012). These are reflected in our healthcare courses and our practice assessment documentation. 

While on placement, you must adhere to the confidentiality, privacy and professional boundaries expected of an operating department practice, paramedic science or physician associate student.