From 1st August 2012 the Health Professions Council (HPC) will become known as the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The HCPC will assume responsibility for the regulation of social workers in England from the General Social Care Council (GSCC) which is due to be disbanded.
The HPC presently regulates approximately 210,000 professionals working in 15 professions, including occupational therapists, paramedics, physiotherapists and radiographers. Any professional currently registered with the GSCC should have their registration automatically transferred to the HCPC Register on 1st August 2012.
The HCPC will also take over the GSCC’s responsibility for regulating the conduct of social workers. Allegations of poor clinical performance and misconduct will now be dealt with by the HCPC’s Fitness to Practise Panel. Such matters were previously dealt with by the GSCC’s Conduct Committee.
By Stephanie Murphy
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