14/11/2016 - 09:00
The Fitness to practise annual report 2016 and accompanying key information document are now published. These highlight our work in considering allegations about the fitness to practise of our registrants between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016.
Whilst our Register increased in 2015–16 by 3.3 per cent, the number of new fitness to practise concerns we received decreased by 1.98 per cent. The proportion of the Register affected still remains low, with only 0.62 per cent of registrants being subject to a new concern.
Source of complaints
Members of the public continue to be the largest complainant group, making up 43 per cent of the total number of concerns raised, with employers continuing as the second largest, contributing 25 per cent. We have also seen an increase of 21 per cent in the number of self-referral cases.
Of the concerns raised:
• 1,661 cases were closed without being considered by an Investigating Committee Panel (ICP);
• 787 cases were considered by an ICP;
• 320 final hearings were concluded; and
• 202 review hearings were held.
There has been an increase in the total number of days of hearings activity with 1,785 days of hearing in 2015–16 compared with 1,672 days in 2014–15. This increase reflects the complexity of cases being considered by Panels.
In 2015–16 we also:
• published a revised Standard of acceptance policy to reflect the changing nature of the cases we receive;
• updated our referral forms and How to raise a concern booklet to provide more guidance on the information that should be provided by complainants;
• developed information for employers including updating our Fitness to practise process booklet and improving our website content with enhanced signposting, new case studies and an interactive flowchart of the fitness to practise process;
• signed a new Memoranda of Understanding with NHS Protect and the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority in Northern Ireland, due to our common objective of ensuring the safety and wellbeing of members of the public;
• acquired a dedicated hearings centre for fitness to practise hearings, providing enhanced facilities for all hearing participants.