HCPC Launches Consultation on Proposed Amendments to its Rules

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has today launched a consultation on proposed amendments to its Registration and Fees Rules and Practice Committee Rules.



The HCPC is proposing a small number of changes to its Rules which, if implemented, would mean the following:


  1. We would be able to improve the range of online services for applicants and registrants. For example, we would be able to introduce the ability for applicants to apply for registration online.
  2. A character reference would no longer be required as part of applications for registration. Instead, we would require a self-declaration from the applicant. This would have the effect of eliminating unnecessary form-filling in the registration process and removing a perceived barrier to registration.
  3. The Chairs of fitness to practise panels would be able to give directions about case management such as changing the location of a hearing or making decisions about timescales for the exchange of documentation, without the need for a preliminary hearing.

In addition, we are seeking views about a proposal to in future change the registration cycles for some professions to avoid the Summer and Christmas periods. This would enable us to process applications and deal with queries about renewal more quickly.

Nicole Casey, HCPC’s Acting Director of Policy & Standards said:

“The proposed amendments to the Rules would benefit our registrants and those applying for registration by removing unnecessary barriers and increasing our ability to communicate by electronic means. The changes would also help to improve our existing fitness to practise processes. By avoiding the unnecessary expense of a preliminary hearing in a small number of cases, they will help to ensure that these cases are concluded in a fair and expeditious manner.

“It is important to make sure that our processes continue to be fit for purpose and up-to-date, so we would encourage all our stakeholders to respond to the consultation with their views on the proposed amendments.”


The consultation will run from 5 October until 15 January 2015. The outcomes will then be presented to the Council in March 2016.

To take part visit www.hcpc-uk.org/aboutus/consultations/index.asp?id=198, complete our online survey, email consultation@hcpc-uk.org or write to Consultation on proposed amendments to the Registration and Fees and Practice Committee Rules, Policy and Standards Department, Health and Care Professions Council, Park House, 184 Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4BU by 15 January 2016.


Source: HCPC



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