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HCPCs response to the Law Commissions final report on proposals for the regulation of health and social care professionals

Date of publication: 02/04/2014
Category: Position statement
Audience: Journalists and media
The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) congratulates the Law Commissions on the excellent and thorough proposals for health and social care professional regulation that are set out in their final report and draft Bill, published on 2 April 2014.

The recommendations made have the potential to provide greater consistency and flexibility to the legislation that governs all the regulators. We believe this will enhance regulatory processes and be beneficial to our core purpose of public protection.

We particularly welcome the inclusion of barring schemes in the report. If introduced by government, this would make it a criminal offence for a person included on a barred list to work in that relevant health or care profession or occupation.

Following our research and consultations with the social care sector, we have already recommended to government that a barring or ‘negative registration’ scheme for adult social care workers should be introduced in England. We believe this system of mandatory regulation would provide a proportionate and cost effective mechanism for regulating those groups and individuals who are currently outside a system of personal accountability. The Law Commissions’ recommendation, if adopted by Government, would enable these proposals to be brought forward in the future.

We will continue to work with Government and all our stakeholders to take forward the proposals set out by the Law Commissions.

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