Criteria for achieving SHN Accredited Practitioner Status

To achieve SHN Accredited Practitioner Status, the practitioner needs to provide evidence of achievement in three main areas of Practice.

Professional Competency - Practitioners will be required to demonstrate their competency against a set of standards      associated  with providing professional, person centred housing related support services

Continuing Professional Development - The practitioner would be required to produce evidence of a minimum of 60 hours of     continuing professional development each year.  This would be linked to their existing CPD action plan

Ethical Professional Conduct - The practitioner would be required to produce evidence of professional ethical conduct

Accreditation Fees (including SHN Corporate Membership Discounts)


                                                            Normal Registration / Accreditation Fees     Registration / Accreditation Fees for SHN Corporate Members

Initial Registration Fee -                       £75.00*                                       £56.25

First Assessment for Accreditation -  £95.00*                                       £71.25

Assessment for Re-Accreditation -     £85.00*                                      £63.75


*Exclusive of VAT.  Please note that fees may be subject to increase for reasons beyond our control.  


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An Introduction to the SHN Accredited Practitioner Scheme

The SHN Accredited Practitioner scheme was developed by the Sheltered Housing Network (SHN) as part of their commitment and drive to raise the professional status of staff who deliver housing related support services.  

The scheme is designed to enable any individual providing housing-related support to demonstrate that they work to a stringent ethical code and adopt a high standard of professional practice in the delivery of service.  It also gives the practitioner the opportunity to evidence their competency and professionalism against nationally recognised standards.

Any individual who provides housing related support services can register for SHN Accredited Practitioner status.  SHN Accredited Practitioners benefit from a range of discounts on SHN services including SHN publications, training events and qualification courses.

The scheme is also open to any organisation that provides housing related support services such as sheltered / supported housing and extra care services and allied services including social alarm and telecare services.

Services who sign up to the Accredited Practitioner scheme can either enrol individual staff members or enrol their staff team on block onto the scheme.  There is also an optional one day In-House workshop ‘Achieving Accredited Practitioner Status’ available.

A benefit to organisations adopting the SHN Accredited Practitioner Scheme is that it is designed to provide evidence of competency of each staff member against nationally recognised standards.  This is achieved by the practitioner evidencing their abilities against Key Performance Indicators that link directly to the Supporting People QAF.