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

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—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

HCPC—Main hearing of the Health and Care Professions Tribunal

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 the main fitness to practise hearing before the Health and Care Professions Tribunal (HCPT). It deals with preparation for the main hearing, admissibility of evidence, public or private hearings, vulnerable witnesses, submissions of no case to answer and the order of proceedings. Note that the regulation of social workers in England transferred from the Health and Care Professions Council (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 HCPC which

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