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Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion

We are committed to attracting, developing and motivating talented people from diverse backgrounds at every level

As part of this commitment, we recognise the importance of being inclusive and that ensures that all Partners are supported to reach their full potential. We are proud that the HCPC is a diverse and inclusive place to work and mindful of the vital importance of diversity to our success.

Equal Opportunities Monitoring 

To support our commitment to a diverse and inclusive workplace, we monitor candidates’ equality and diversity data across all stages of the recruitment process. This information allows us to identify areas of development and to plan how to achieve improvement.

Our shortlisting process is anonymous. The shortlisting panel will not be given your name or other personal details, information from the diversity monitoring section, or details of any criminal convictions.

The only information used for shortlisting is that which is relevant to your potential performance in the role. Shortlisted applicants will therefore only see your answers relating to your qualifications, employment history, and how you meet the criteria detailed in the Information for Applicants.

Disability Confident 

We are a certified Disability Confident Employer. Disability Confident is a government scheme designed to encourage employers to recruit and retain disabled people and those with health conditions.

Disability Confident is a recognition given by the Government's Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to employers based in Great Britain who have agreed to take action to meet 13 commitments regarding the employment, retention, training and career development of disabled employees.

As part of this commitment, we’re required to actively support the following core actions:

  • Actively looking to attract and recruit people with a disability
  • Providing a fully inclusive and accessible recruitment process
  • Offering an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job
  • Flexibility when assessing people so partner applicants with a disability have the best opportunity to demonstrate that they can do the job
  • Proactively offering and making reasonable adjustments as required
  • Encouraging our suppliers and partner firms to be Disability Confident
  • Ensuring employees have appropriate disability equality awareness

More information about the Disability Confident scheme is available on the Department of Work and Pensions website. 

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Reasonable Adjustments

We can offer and provide reasonable adjustments upon request. Should reasonable adjustments be required for the purposes of your interview, or any other part of the recruitment process, please contact partners@hcpc-uk.org 


Criminal convictions and the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

We ask you to tell us in your application whether you have any criminal convictions. This allows us to make informed decisions about how relevant any convictions are to the role you have applied for and to ensure a safe working environment for our staff and those we provide services to.

A conviction will not necessarily stop you from being appointed as a Partner by the HCPC. We will consider how relevant the conviction is to the role you have applied for and whether we can proceed with your application and confirm any offer of appointment.

We keep information about criminal records strictly confidential. It will not be passed to the shortlisting panel, and it will only be seen by those who need to see it in order to make a decision on your application.

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 sets out that certain criminal convictions are ‘spent’ after a certain period of time. Spent convictions do not have to be disclosed when applying for a role. There are some exceptions, for example roles where you are likely to have regular contact with vulnerable people.

Page updated on: 19/12/2022
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