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Health and Care Professions Council

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The Health and Care Professions Council (“HCPC”) currently regulates 16 health and care professions:

• arts therapists,
• biomedical scientists,
• chiropodists / podiatrists,
• clinical scientists,
• dietitians,
• hearing aid dispensers,
• occupational therapists,
• operating department practitioners,
• orthoptists,
• paramedics,
• physiotherapists,
• practitioner psychologists,
• prosthetists / orthotists,
• radiographers,
• social workers in England, and
• speech and language therapists.

We have significant experience in representing a variety of professionals in relation to matters concerning the Health and Care Professions Council, from registration issues, to HCPC Hearings, including HCPC Interim Order hearings and Fitness to Practise hearings before the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee. We have an excellent track record of achieving great results for practitioners registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. We are always happy to speak to registrants, in strict confidence and with no obligation, about any legal issues relating to the Health and Care Professions Council.

Fitness to Practise and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

The Health and Care Professions Council investigates complaints received against its registrants. They will allow a registrant 28 days to comment on a complaint. Our expert HCPC defence lawyers can assist you and advise you on the appropriateness of making a response at this stage. We have a good success rate of preparing written representations to allegations.

An Investigation Committee of the Health and Care Professions Council will decide whether there is a case for the registrant to answer. If the HCPC Investigation Committee decides that there is a case for the registrant to answer, the case will be referred to the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee or HCPC Health Committee. They will subsequently consider the registrant’s fitness to practise in a full hearing.

During the course of an investigation, if the Health and Care Professions Council considers that there is a public safety issue, they may hold an interim hearing, to try and either suspend or place restrictions on your registration. We can represent you to provide a robust defence with the objective of enabling you to continue to work, pending the outcome of the investigation of the Health and Care Professions Council.

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If you are subject to investigation by the Health and Care Professions Council, you should contact us for advice immediately on a no obligation basis. We can offer you expert HCPC legal representation and support throughout the process.  Please contact us with any legal queries regarding the Health and Care Professions Council.

To find out more about how we can help you with the Health and Care Professions Council use the menu above or the following links:

HCPC Registration
HCPC Investigations
HCPC Interim Orders
HCPC Fitness to Practise
HCPC Review Hearings
HCPC Appeals

If you have a specific problem with the Health and Care Professions Council and you require legal assistance, please contact the MedicAssistanceScheme today by calling us on 084 4804 4805, by email on mas@richardnelsonllp.co.uk or by requesting a call back using the link to the right of this page.