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Fitness to practise annual report 2013

Welcome to the tenth fitness to practise annual report of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) covering the period 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013. This report provides information about the HCPC’s work in considering allegations about the fitness to practise of HCPC registrants.

On Wednesday 1 August 2012 we became responsible for the regulation of social workers in England when the regulatory responsibilities of the General Social Care Council (GSCC) were transferred to us. That new responsibility resulted, in part, to the increase of 44 per cent in the number of complaints received. However, despite the increase in the number of individuals on our Register, only 0.53 per cent of registrants were made the subject of a new complaint in 2012–13. This compares to 0.42 per cent in 2011–12.