HCPC—Main hearing of the Health and Care Professions Tribunal
Produced in partnership with Paul Renteurs of 2 Hare Court
HCPC—Main hearing of the Health and Care Professions Tribunal

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—Main hearing of the Health and Care Professions Tribunal
  • Preparation for the main hearing
  • Admissibility of evidence
  • Public hearings
  • Vulnerable witnesses
  • Submission of no case to answer at the HCPC
  • Order of proceedings

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.

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 to practice hearings. HCPTS hearings are conducted and managed by independent panels which are separate to the HCPC. The Health and Care Professions Tribunals (HCPT) hears and determines cases on behalf of the three HCPC Practice Committees:

  1. the Conduct and Competence Committee (for cases about misconduct, lack of competence, convictions or cautions, determinations by another regulator and decisions on barring a professional)

  2. the Health Committee (for cases where the health of the registrant may be affecting their ability to practise), or

  3. the Investigating Committee (for cases where an entry to the Register may have been gained fraudulently or incorrectly)

Preparation for the main hearing

For all main or final fitness to practice hearings