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HCPC commence recruitment for its restructured Council

29/07/2013 - 13:45

New Council to be recruited for HCPC

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has begun an advertising campaign to recruit registrant and lay individuals to its newly restructured Council.  This has come about from a government recommendation* that all regulatory bodies should be overseen by smaller, more ‘board like’ Councils. 

The restructured Council will take office in January 2014* *and will be made up of 12 members including the Chair. This will include 6 lay members and 6 registrant members who will be drawn from the health, psychological and social work professions we regulate. The Council will also continue to have individuals who live and work in each of the four UK main countries. Recruitment adverts for these roles are currently appearing in the national press and in newspapers in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The current Chair of the HCPC, Anna van der Gaag, will remain in post for a further three years following the restructure to ensure consistency and continuity in the governance of the Council.  She commented:

 “Over the last few years there has been tremendous growth and change for the HCPC, in particular due to additional professions joining the Register.  We anticipate this change will continue as health and social care evolves and regulation with it. It is, therefore, vital that we create a Council which understands the priorities we face and maintains the strong ethos of stakeholder engagement, transparency, inclusion and rigour in all its endeavours.”  

Chief Executive and Registrar of the HCPC, Marc Seale, commented;

“The HCPC’s Council plays a key role in setting strategy and policy and ensuring the HCPC fulfils its statutory duties.  We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of public protection by maintaining efficient and effective regulatory processes and ensuring that the standards we set continue to be fit for purpose.  It is, therefore, important that we establish a Council which has the appropriate skills and experience to ensure good governance.”

The deadline for applications is Monday 23 September 2013. For a recruitment pack please visit our website .

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Notes to Editors:

* Following publication of the Command paper, “Enabling Excellence – Autonomy and Accountability for Healthcare Workers, Social Workers and Social Care Workers” on 16 February 2011, the Department of Health (DH) wrote to The Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE - now known as the Professional Standards Authority (PSA), requesting advice about the efficiency and effectiveness of regulators in delivering a high quality regulatory regime. The report provided by CHRE in September 2011 concluded that a “board size of 8-12 members appears to be effective.”

**Appointments to Council will be subject to the making of the Health and Care Professions Council (Constitution) (Amendment) Order and appointments can only be confirmed once this has been approved. . The Department of Health in England is currently running a consultation on the legal amendment required to bring our new Council into existence. To find out more and respond to the consultation see the Department’s website:

1. An attendance allowance of £310 per day and incurred expenses is payable for member roles.

2. Current Council Members will be eligible to seek appointment to the restructured Council

3. In accordance with the provisions in the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and HCPC are initiating this recruitment campaign which will be overseen by the Professional Standards Authority, with the decision on appointments resting with the Privy Council.

4. The Department of Health has indicated that the Constitution Order contains a provision to allow the current Chair and HCPC registrant, Dr Anna van der Gaag, to remain in post for a further three years after the restructure.

5. For further information about the Council please see or contact Bolaji Banjo, Appointments Project Manager, on 020 7840 9785 or email

6. The HCPC currently regulates the following 16 professions. Each of these professions has one or more ‘protected titles’. Anyone who uses one of these titles must register with the HCPC. To see the full list of protected titles please see

Biomedical scientists
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Clinical scientists
Hearing aid dispensers
Occupational therapists
Operating department practitioners
Practitioner psychologists
Prosthetists / orthotists
Social workers in England
Speech and language therapists

Ebony Gayle
+44 0(20) 7840 9784

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