Regulation of medical professionals

Regulation of medical professionals guidance:

General Dental Council The General Dental Council (GDC) is the statutory body that regulates dentists and dental care professionals in the UK, pursuant to the Dentists...

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Fitness to practise process When a concern is raised in relation to a registrant, the General Dental Council (GDC) will consider whether it is the correct organisation to...

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Practice committees Where the Case Examiners (CEs) or the Investigating Committee (IC) have referred an allegation to a Practice Committee, the Practice Committee to...

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Sanctions available If a Practice Committee determines that a registrant’s fitness to practise is currently impaired, it will then go on to consider whether to impose a...

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Function of the Investigating Committee The role of the Case Examiners (CEs) and, if the CEs cannot reach a unanimous decision, the Investigating Committee (IC) is to...

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Interim Orders Committee The Interim Orders Committee (IOC) is a statutory committee of the Council, which may impose interim orders for suspension or conditional...

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Powers of the Case Examiners and the Investigating Committee The Case Examiners (CEs) may: • adjourn consideration of an allegation in order for further enquiries to be...

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Appealable registration decisions The Registration Appeals Committee (RAC) considers appeals from dental professionals in relation to appealable registration decisions....

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What is a review hearing? The rules relating to review hearings are contained in rules 18–22 of the General Medical Council (Fitness to Practise) Rules Order of Council...

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Initial investigation The General Medical Council (GMC) normally only investigates complaints that could require action to remove or restrict a doctor's right to...

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No action The power to take no action following a finding of impairment survives the introduction of the latest edition of the General Medical Council (GMC) and Medical...

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Objectives and proportionality The main reason for imposing sanctions is to protect the public. This is the ‘overarching objective’ which now has statutory footing. It...

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Appeals to the High Court from decisions of the Fitness to Practise Committee The following decisions of the Fitness to Practise Committee (FTPC) are appealable: • a...

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Initial consideration and referral of allegations An allegation against a registrant must initially be considered by the Registrar of the General Optical Council (GOC)....

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Available sanctions The principle objectives of sanctions are to protect the public, uphold the standards and reputation of the profession and maintain public confidence...

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Standard Procedural Directions Table—General Optical Council (Fitness to Practise) Rules Order 2013, SI 2013/2537, Sch, para 29 Direction NumberDirections Service of...

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The GOC Fitness to Practise Committee The Fitness to Practise Committee will be comprised of medical and non-medical people appointed by the General Optical Council (GOC)...

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The impairment stage If the charge or charges against the Registrant are proved, the Fitness to Practice Committee panel will go on to consider the issue of impairment. A...

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Interim orders The GOC’s Fitness to Practise Committee (FTPC) may impose an interim order in respect of a registrant if it is necessary to do so to protect the public, is...

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What counts as mitigation and when can it be taken into account Mitigation evidence can include evidence about the circumstances leading up to the incidents in question...

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Appeals Committee Part 4 of the Pharmacy Order 2010, SI 2010/231 sets out provisions relating to registration. Within this, the Appeals Committee deals with appeals...

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For information on the role, powers and procedures of the Fitness to Practise Committee of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), see Practice Note: GPhC—Fitness to...

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Procedure at hearings The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) Fitness to Practise Committee (FtPC) hears cases where a registrant's fitness to practise is alleged to be...

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Interim measures The power to impose 'interim measures' arises under article 60 of the Pharmacy Order 2010, SI 2010/231 and applies where the Fitness to Practise...

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The role of the IC The Investigating Committee (IC) is a screening committee; it meets in private and its discussions are confidential. Parties involved in a referral do...

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GPhC Fitness to Practise Committee—Indicative Sanctions Guidance The Fitness to Practice Committee (FtPC) is required under r 5(d) of the General Pharmaceutical Council...

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