HCPC Fitness to Practise
HCPC Fitness To Practice
A registrant is “fit to practice” if they have the skills, knowledge and character to practice their profession safely and effectively. Fitness to practice is not confined to professional performance as it also includes acts by a registrant which may affect public protection or public confidence in the profession.
Fitness To Practice Process
The HCPC fitness to practice process is designed to protect the public from those who are not fit to practice. Impaired fitness to practice means that there are concerns about a registrants’ ability to practice safely and effectively. This could mean that they should not practice at all or that they should be limited as to what they can do. Every case referred to the HCPC is considered individually however a registrants’ fitness to practice is likely to be impaired if there is evidence of the following:
- Dishonesty, fraud or abuse of trust
- Exploitation of a vulnerable person
- Failure to respect a person’s right to make choices about their own care
- Health issues that may affect the safety of service users
- Mistakes being hidden or steps taken to compromise the investigation
- An improper relationship with a service user
- Reckless or deliberately harmful acts
- Serious or persistent failure to meet standards
- Involvement in sexual misconduct
- Substance abuse
- Violence or threatening behaviour
- Other equally serious activities which may affect public confidence in the profession
- Fraudulent or incorrect entry onto the HCPC register
The HCPC fitness to practice process is designed to protect the public from those who are not fit to practice. Impaired fitness to practice means that there are concerns about a registrants' ability to practice safely and effectively."
What the HCPC can’t do. The HCPC can not:
- Consider cases about professionals not registered
- Consider cases about organisations
- Have involvement in clinical or social care arrangements
- Reverse the decisions of other organisations
- Give legal advice
- Make a professional apologise
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