We can only consider concerns about a professional who is registered with us and their fitness to practise effectively
The 16 health and care professions we regulate are:
- Arts therapists
- 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
If the professional you would like to raise a concern about is not on our Register and this professional is using one of the titles of the professions we do regulate this is something we can look into. More information about how you can raise a protection of title concern with us can be found in our Misuse of title section.
If the health or care professional you wish to raise a concern about is not one of the professions regulated by the HCPC or if your concern is about an organisation rather than a single individual, this may be something that another regulatory body can look into. More information about other health and care regulators can be found in our Other organisations section.
Because we protect the public we can investigate concerns relating to events that happened at any time, including before the professional was registered. However we will not normally investigate concerns made more than five years after the events giving rise to the concerns occurred.
Is the concern about the professional’s fitness to practise effectively?
- The HCPC can only investigate concerns where there appears to be risk to the safety of service users, colleagues, or the public, or undermine public confidence in the professions we regulate;
- We set the standards for the registrants to follow. The standards set our expectations of their conduct and behaviour. If information we receive indicates that the registrants have breached the standards and their fitness to practise may be impaired we will investigate the concerns. The standards are;
- We will investigate concern about professionals being fit to carry out their work because of their behaviour, their professional skills or their health
We set the standards for the registrants to follow. The standards set our expectations of their conduct and behaviour. If information we receive indicates that the registrants have breached the standards and their fitness to practise may be impaired we will investigate the concerns. The standards are as follows:
- The standards of conduct, performance and ethics (which are the same for all professions we regulate)
- The standards of proficiency (which are different for each of the professions we regulate)
Fraudulent or incorrect entry to the Register
We can also consider allegations that an entry to our Register was made fraudulently or incorrectly. This might be the case if, for example, a registered professional gave false information when they applied for registration.
Concerns about education providers
The HCPC Education Department considers concerns about education providers including education programmes. If you would like to raise a concern or learn more about this area, please go to the education part of our website.