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Health And Care Professional Council

Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)


What is the HCPC?


The HCPC regulates a number of health and care professionals and registers them under a standard determined by legislations, including the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001 which established the HCPC, alongside the Constitution Order 2009, which lays out the structure of the Council.


Am I regulated by the HCPC?


The Health & Care Professions Council registers a number of health care professionals, including:


  • 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; and
  • Speech and language therapists.


It is important, that in using these titles to practice within that specialism, you are registered with the HCPC. Those who do not are committing a criminal offence. If you have any queries regarding your registration, it is important to get legal advice to ensure you understand how the law may affect you.


What can the HCPC do if there is an allegation of wrong-doing?


As a health and care professional, you will be registered with the HCPC and will be regulated according to your:


  • Training;
  • Professional skills;
  • Health; and
  • Behaviour.


If the HCPC has evidence to question your standard, they will conduct an investigation and you may be subject to a disciplinary hearing, which could in turn risk your right to practice. You are entitled to legal representation during a disciplinary hearing with the HCPC, so it is important that you get in touch as soon as you are notified.


How can Duncan Lewis help me if the HCPC bring proceedings against me?


Duncan Lewis Regulatory Fitness to Practice solicitors are here to support you through this process, preparing you for the initial hearing, providing advocacy for that hearing. Should you wish to appeal a decision made following the hearing, we can assist you in putting together an appeal and presenting it before the HCPC.


Where an appeal is not possible, as in some regulatory cases, we can prepare and bring a Judicial Review for your claim on your behalf.


If you have any professional regulatory queries as a registrant of the HCPC, or your right to practice is at risk, contact Duncan Lewis Regulatory Fitness to Practice solicitors on 0333 772 04 09.


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