Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) Lawyers

Our lawyers have extensive experience of successfully defending professionals facing disciplinary proceedings before the Health & Care Professions Council. Our expert lawyers deal with a wide variety of cases, including registration issues, allegations of poor professional competence, and allegations of serious misconduct. For immediate advice from one of our specialist HCPC lawyers call 0203 816 9274.

If you have been referred to the HCPC it is vital that you seek specialist legal advice in order to protect your interests and safeguard your practise. Our lawyers are recommended in the current edition of the Legal 500 for professional disciplinary work. We understand that being referred to the HCPC can be a daunting experience and can have serious implications for your registration and livelihood. We recognise the need for advice from lawyers with genuine experience of defending HCPC cases. We can guide you through the process and advise on the best approach at each stage of your case. For examples of our expertise in this area please visit our HCPC case studies page. 

 

  • Professional Discipline & Fitness to Practise Lawyers

    Head of Regulatory Law Carl Johnson talks about the role his team take in professional discipline and fitness to practise issues. Carl discusses the sort of cases the team at Stephensons can handle, the possible outcomes of professional discipline investigations and why legal advice is vital.

    "This area of law involves cases which are often highly emotionally charged. For a professional to be under scrutiny by their regulator or professional body that can create a lot of stress, a lot of anxiety and put clients under a lot of pressure. A specialist lawyer provides a much needed barrier between the professional and their regulator and can help absorb some of that pressure and stress, and that's an important service that we provide to our clients." - Carl Johnson

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HCPC regulation

The HCPC regulates well in excess of 200,000 professionals in a variety of roles, including arts therapists, biomedical scientists, clinical scientists, hearing aid dispensers, occupational therapists, paramedics, physiotherapists, practitioner psychologists, social workers and radiographers. In addition to setting standards of conduct, performance and ethics for all registrants the HCPC also sets standards of proficiency in relation to each individual profession. Breaches of any of these standards can result in disciplinary action being taken by the HCPC. We have extensive experience of defending the full range of fitness to practise issues, including:

  • Record keeping
  • Communication issues
  • Misuse of social media
  • Safeguarding
  • Failure to escalate concerns
  • Clinical performance issues
  • Professional boundaries
  • Sexually motivated misconduct
  • Dishonesty
  • Financial misconduct
  • Issues relating to a practitioner’s physical or mental health
  • Drug and alcohol dependency
  • Breaches of interim orders
  • Criminal convictions

HCPC fitness to practise proceedings

We represent professionals at all stages of proceedings including initial referral and investigation, interim orders panel hearings and hearings before the conduct and competence committee. We have experience of assisting clients with the following matters:

  • Advising on professional registration and appeals against registration decisions
  • Advice on reporting matters to the HCPC
  • Preparing written responses to the investigating committee
  • Representation at interim orders panel hearings
  • Advising on responses to notices to admit facts
  • Advising on disposal of cases by consent
  • Representing clients at fitness to practise hearings before the conduct and competence committee
  • Advising on appeals to the High Court and reviews of orders
  • Advising on applications for voluntary removal from the HCPC Register

For a confidential, no-obligation discussion regarding your case, contact one of our specialist HCPC lawyers on 0203 816 9274. Alternatively please complete our online enquiry form and one of our HCPC fitness to practise lawyers will contact you as a matter of urgency.

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