Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (HCPTS) launched

 

The Heath and Care Professions Tribunal Service ('HCPTS') was launched on 28 April 2017.

Since its inception, the Heath and Care Professions Council ('HCPC') has sought to differentiate between its investigative and adjudicative powers.

While it is not a separate organisation to the HCPC, this is a welcome role separation to highlight that the adjudication of FTP allegations are undertaken at arm’s length from the HCPC investigations, by an independent panel.

What’s new?

  • Tribunal Centre
  • New Website[1]
  • New Logo and brand
  • The Tribunal Advisory Committee ('TAC') – a non-statutory committee which will advise the HCPC on recruitment, training and assessment of Tribunal panellists, Chairs and legal Assessors.

Who will this affect?

Those regulated by the HCPC: arts therapists, biomedical scientists, chiropodists/podiatrists, clinical scientists, dietitians, hearing aid dispensers, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, paramedics, physiotherapists, practitioner psychologists, prosthetists/orthotists, radiographers, social workers in England and speech and language therapists.

The transition should be largely innocuous and follows the General Medical Council’s ('GMC') establishment of the Medical Tribunal Service ('MPTS') in 2012 and should hopefully bring reassurance to registrants as it is an effective way to hear proceedings and reach decisions independently of those bringing the allegations and undertaking the investigations.

The first hearings have started to take place and we are awaiting feedback of the proceedings.

LHS Solicitors has experience of representing healthcare professionals and can provide advice for any stage of the process.

[1] https://www.hcpts-uk.org/