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HCPC Fitness to Practise

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We have significant experience in defending professionals in HCPC fitness to practise hearings, with a great track record. We work tirelessly to ensure that we fight to protect your HCPC registration. We understand the pressures that an HCPC fitness to practise hearing places on registrants and do our best to secure the right result in all cases.

What is HCPC fitness to practise?

HCPC fitness to practise requires registrants to have the requisite skills, knowledge and character to practise their profession safely and effectively. HCPC fitness to practise proceedings are about protecting the public but have serious consequences for practitioners.

What happens in a HCPC fitness to practise hearing?

HCPC Fitness to Practise allegations are heard by the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee. The Panel will follow a three-stage process as follows:

1. Fact Finding
The HCPC Fitness to Practise Panel will hear evidence and decide whether the allegations against you have been proven. If so they will move to the second stage.

2. Impairment
The HCPC Fitness to Practise Panel will decide if your fitness to practise is impaired. If so, they will say that the case is ‘well-founded’ and they will move on to the third stage.

3. Sanctions
The HCPC Fitness to Practise Panel can make one of the following sanctions:

• Take no action;
• Issue a caution (place a warning against your name on the Register for 1-5 years.)
• Impose conditions of practice (for a maximum of 2 years);
• Suspend your registration (for a maximum of 10 months);
• Strike you off the register.

How we can help with HCPC fitness to practise proceedings

If you are facing a HCPC fitness to practise issue, at any stage of the process, we can provide expert legal representation, advice and support. We are experienced in all aspects of HCPC fitness to practise proceedings. Even if you intend to make admissions, there is much we can do in an HCPC fitness to practise case to improve your position, so please contact the MedicAssistanceScheme without delay.

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