Healthcare Professionals

Legal representation for healthcare professionals Leeds

Our expert employment law solicitors offer specialist representation for healthcare professionals in all cases presented by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Healthcare professionals include the following professions:

  • Art therapists
  • Biomedical scientists
  • Chiropodists
  • Clinical scientist
  • Dieticians
  • Hearing aid dispensers
  • Occupational therapists
  • Operating department practitioners
  • Orthoptists
  • Orthotists
  • Paramedics
  • Physiotherapists
  • Podiatrists
  • Practitioner psychologists
  • Prosthetists
  • Radiographers
  • Speech and language therapists

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The Regulatory Process

On the 1st August 2012, the Health and Care Professions Council became the official regulators of all healthcare professionals.

The disciplinary process, as outlined by the Health and Care Professions Council, is carried out according to the following procedure.

Investigation

Allegations against fitness to practice will be investigated by a case manager and presented to the Health and Care Professions Council. The accused healthcare professional must respond within 28 days if they choose to do so.

 

Following the accusation, the case manager will present the matter to an investigating committee. They will decide whether or not to proceed to a full hearing. If a hearing is required, the case will be prepared by a solicitor on behalf of the Health and Care Professions Council.

Hearing

Hearings related to misconduct, convictions or cautions, lack of competence, determinations by another regulator or decisions on barring a professional will be brought before the Conduct and Competence Committee.

Hearings related to the health of the healthcare professional that affects their abilities to perform or their decision-making will be brought before the Health Committee.

Hearings relating to matters of fraudulent or incorrect registration will be brought before the Investigating Committee.

In all cases, a presenting officer, usually a solicitor, will manage the hearing. Evidence, including that of witnesses and experts wherever relevant, will be presented on behalf of both the prosecution and the healthcare professional.

Decision

If fitness to practice is proved to be diminished on the balance of probabilities, the following actions may be enforced:

  • No further action
  • Mediation to find a suitable resolution for all parties
  • A caution and a warning; placed on the healthcare professional’s registration for between 1 and 5 years
  • Conditions placed on the practice of the healthcare professional
  • Suspension for a set period
  • Removal from the register and prohibited in working in their field

Appeal

The healthcare professional can appeal against any decision or judgement to the High Court within 28 days of the decision.

Internal disciplinary proceedings

We also represent any healthcare professionals involved in cases where their employer or line manager has brought internal disciplinary proceedings against them.

Representation for healthcare professionals in cases of regulatory proceedings

If you are subject to proceedings carried out by the Health and Care Professions in respect to your role as anyhealthcare professional, please contact us on 0113 4334 118, or complete the form on our enquiry page. One of our dedicated team will contact you as soon as possible to discuss your case, possible outcomes and all of your available options.

Our Team

Louise Carr

Louise Carr

Our team is headed up by Louise Carr who had specialised in employment law for more than 15 years. She regularly appears in the employment tribunal and has been particularly involved in dealing with complex multi-day discrimination claims.

Craig McCracken

Craig McCracken

Craig McCracken is a Director in our employment team who also specialises in employment law with over 14 years’ experience in dealing with both contentious and non-contentious matters.In the most recent Legal 500 clients described Louise as being “accessible and down to earth” providing “clear and concise advice…in an exceptionally personable way”. Craig was described as “very knowledgeable and approachable” giving “sound advice”.