HCPC Interim Orders
Produced in partnership with Paul Renteurs of 2 Hare Court
HCPC Interim Orders

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 Interim Orders
  • Interim orders
  • Types of order
  • When orders can be made
  • Procedure for obtaining an interim order
  • Interim conditions of practice orders
  • Interim orders during appeal periods
  • Review, variation, revocation and replacement
  • Terminating an interim order

This Practice Note explains the practise and procedure for obtaining interim orders during the fitness to practise process of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). 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.

Interim orders

The Investigating Committee, the Competence and Conduct Committee, and the Health Committee each have the power to impose interim orders. These are orders which take effect either before a final decision is made in relation to an allegation or pending an appeal against such a final decision.

A panel of the committee concerned may only make an interim order if it is satisfied that:

  1. it is necessary for the protection of members of the public

  2. it is otherwise in the public interest, or

  3. it is in the interests of the registrant concerned

for that person's registration to be suspended or to be made subject to conditions.

Types of order

An interim order may be either:

  1. an Interim Conditions of Practice Order—which imposes conditions with which the registrant must comply for a particular period of time, or

  2. an Interim Suspension Order—which directs the Registrar to suspend the registrant's registration for a particular period of time

An interim order has effect immediately and its duration should be set out in the order but it cannot last for more than

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