HCPC—General and pre-hearing matters
Produced in partnership with Paul Renteurs of 2 Hare Court
HCPC—General and pre-hearing matters

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

  • HCPC—General and pre-hearing matters
  • Evidence
  • Pleas
  • Witnesses
  • Preliminary meetings

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. In particular, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Rules Order of Council, SI 2021/27 amends the HCPC (Investigating Committee) (Procedure) Rules Order of Council 2003, SI 2003/1574, the HCPC (Conduct and Competence Committee) (Procedure) Rules Order of Council 2003, SI 2003/1575, and the HCPC (Health Committee) (Procedure) Rules Order of Council 2003, SI 2003/1576 to enable notices to be sent by email and to allow for hearings to be held by audio or video conference. For updates on coronavirus key developments and related practical guidance on the implications for lawyers, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the criminal justice system—overview and Coronavirus (COVID-19) toolkit.

This Practice Note explains general and pre-hearing matters to be considered before the final fitness to practice hearing before the Health and Care Professions Tribunal (HCPT). Note that the regulation of social workers in England transferred from the HCPC to Social Work England on 2 December 2019, see: LNB News 02/12/2019 29.

The Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (HCPTS) is the fitness to practise adjudication service of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) which opened in April 2017. Although still part of the HCPC, the HCPTS was established to maintain independence between the investigatory process undertaken by the HCPC and the fitness

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