HCPC—Appeals and restoration to the register
Produced in partnership with Paul Renteurs of 2 Hare Court
HCPC—Appeals and restoration to the register

The following Corporate Crime guidance note Produced in partnership with Paul Renteurs of 2 Hare Court provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • HCPC—Appeals and restoration to the register
  • Appeals to the High Court
  • The test the appellate court will apply
  • Challenge by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care
  • Costs
  • Restoration to the register
  • Procedure for application for restoration to the register
  • Issues for the panel when considering granting an application for restoration
  • Conditional restoration
  • Review if striking off orders where new evidence becomes available
  • more

FORTHCOMING CHANGE: The Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) is responsible for the regulation of health care professionals in England and Wales. The regulation of social workers in England transferred from the HCPC to Social Work England on 2 December 2019. For more information on Social Work England, see News Analysis: Regulating social workers—England’s new regime.

Appeals to the High Court

Any order (other than an interim order) by a panel of one of the fitness to practice committees to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is subject to a right of appeal to the High Court. The procedural requirements for the making of an appeal are governed by CPR 52 and CPR PD 52B and the test, per CPR 52.21(3), whether the decision of the panel was wrong or unjust due to a serious procedural or other irregularity. The time limit for lodging an appeal is 28 days from the date when the notice of order or decision was served on the registrant.

For further information on appealing to the High Court, see subtopic: Civil appeals to the County Court and the High Court—overview and also Practice Notes: Starting an appeal—general provisions and Grounds for appealing and preliminary considerations.

Where an appeal is lodged within the appropriate period, the order appealed does not take effect until the appeal is