Fitness to Practise Representation
24 Hour Legal Helpline: 0800 0111001
What your membership covers you for in terms of fitness to practise:
- Access to a 24-hour specialist legal advice pertaining to Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) fitness to practise investigations;
- Legal representation at HCPC fitness to practise hearings.
What is not covered in your membership:
- Representation at hearings with employers or any judicial investigations into criminal actions by you.
If you believe there is a need to self-refer to the HCPC, including requests from your employer, you must contact the legal helpline for initial advice, to establish whether the circumstances warrant self-referral.
The legal team will assist in providing a response to allegations or complaints made to the HCPC against you concerning your fitness to practise, including representation at the HCPC investigation committee hearing.
Fitness to Practise Hearing
Should the HCPC investigation committee decide there is a case to answer and the specialist legal team have assisted you in drafting and submitting any response to the committee the College of Paramedics will*:
- Assist in preparation for appearance at the hearing;
- Instruct our legal team to provide legal representation at the hearing.
*Provided that there is greater than 50% chance of not being struck of or suspended from the register. Decided by the legal team and College of Paramedics FTP Committee.
- Be a fully paid-up member of the College of Paramedics at the time of the incident notified to the HCPC;
- Be a fully paid-up member of the College of Paramedics at the time of the incident occurrence;
- Still have current membership of the College of Paramedics;
- Maintain continuous and fully paid-up Full Membership of the College of Paramedics from time of the incident being notified to the HCPC, and throughout the Fitness to Practise investigation process;
- Take cognisance of the advice given and act accordingly.
- To consult with the helpline before making a decision to self-refer to HCPC especially if advised to do so by your employer;
- Provide the College of Paramedics legal team and Fitness to Practise Panel with a truthful account of your circumstances and any extra information we ask for to allow us to represent your case.
Tell us as soon as possible:
- If there is a change in your circumstances such as Employer disciplinary action, hearing or outcomes;
- If you change employer;
- Of any police involvement in the incident leading to criminal charges or and conviction;
- You decide to engage another legal team in your representation. For example trade union or other legal body;
- If you provide a statement or information to another party investigating the incident.
If you do not meet your part of the process we may withdraw representation at any stage of the process and we may recover any costs incurred.