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Consultation on Rules for professional indemnity


Thursday 25 September, 2014 , Friday 31 October, 2014


This consultation has closed

This consultation has now closed.

In July 2014 legislation was introduced which requires all our registrants (other than social workers in England) to have a professional indemnity arrangement in place as a condition of their registration with us. The arrangement must provide appropriate cover - this means appropriate to a registrant's own practice, taking into account the nature and extent of its risks. Further information on the new statutory requirement is available on our website here.

We sought the views of stakeholders on proposed changes to our Rules in order to fully implement the new statutory requirement. Please note that the draft Rules for consultation will not apply to social workers in England.

The proposed amendments to our Rules, if implemented, would mean that we would be able to ask registrants and applicants to complete declarations about their professional indemnity arrangements. We would also be able to take appropriate action where a registrant did not have a professional indemnity arrangement in place, or where a professional indemnity arrangement did not provide appropriate cover.

These proposed amendments to our Rules are in line with our guidance ‘Professional indemnity and your registration’ which we consulted on in 2013. The proposed changes are about implementing the policy approach outlined in that guidance, rather than adding any additional requirements.

You can download a copy of the consultation document together with our proposed amended Rules below. Participants were invited to respond to the consultation in the following ways.

By completing an online survey (now closed)
By emailing us at
By writing to us at the following address.

Consultation on Rules for professional indemnity
Policy and Standards Department
Health and Care Professions Council
Park House
184 Kennington Park Road
SE11 4BU

Fax: +44(0)20 7820 9684

If you would like to receive a copy of the consultation in hard copy, in Welsh, or in an alternative format, please contact us by emailing or by phone +44 (0)20 7840 9815.

The deadline for completed responses is 31 October 2014. We regret that we will be unable to consider responses received after this date.