HCPC regulating in the next phase of COVID-19

HCPC regulating in the next phase of COVID-19

The Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC) has set out its position for regulating in the next phase of COVID-19 including fitness to practise.  During the Covid19 emergency, the HCPC created and maintained a temporary register(s) of former registrants and...
Social Media and Fitness to Practise

Social Media and Fitness to Practise

In the context of healthcare fitness to practise, the use of social media might not appear important or relevant.  However, misuse of social media by health and care professionals can lead to fitness to practise investigations and sanctions. In this article, I will...
Fitness to practise investigations – certain demographics and professions are over-represented

“Impairment is in the present tense” – High Court

The High Court reaffirmed important legal fitness to practise principles in the case of PSA v HCPC recently. Mrs Justice Foster reaffirmed the very important legal principle that “the test of impairment is in the present tense, whether fitness to practise is impaired...
Engagement in Fitness to Practise Process is Vital

Engagement in Fitness to Practise Process is Vital

I have previously written about the importance of engagement with a fitness to practise investigation and process.  In our previous article, we reported on research published by the General Medical Council (GMC) that found that the outcome of tribunal decisions was...
Engagement in Fitness to Practise Process is Vital

Behaviour, attitude and fitness to practise

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HCPC regulating in the next phase of COVID-19

HCPC Fitness to practise annual report

The Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) has published it annual fitness to practise report indicating a 5% increase in fitness to practise complaints.  The HCPC’s fitness to practise annual report provides an overview of the HCPC’s fitness to practise work...
Police cautions – do I need to declare a caution?

Police cautions – do I need to declare a caution?

Cautions must be declared to healthcare regulatory bodies such as the HCPC.  There is often uncertainty over cautions, what they are and whether they should be declared.   What is a police caution? There is often a misconception that a police caution is a “slap on the...
Police cautions – do I need to declare a caution?

The new regulator for social workers – Social Work England

In December a new body, Social Work England (SWE), will take over responsibility from the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for regulating England’s social workers.  I recently reported concerns about the HCPC’s fitness to practise failings.  The HCPC has...