The Health and Care Professions Council (“HCPC”) has announced that it will be offering new support to registrants who are going through the Fitness to Practise (“FTP”) process. As readers will be aware, the HCPC is the independent regulator of health and care professionals in the UK and regulates over 280,000 professionals across 15 separate health and care professions.
What will the changes achieve?
The new support service will offer free, independent and confidential emotional support and practical advice to all HCPC registrants going through the FTP process. The service will be available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and will be delivered by a team of experienced professionals at Community Integrated Care (“CiC”) who are experts in supporting people through difficult times. CiC is a leading wellbeing service provider and all CiC counsellors are trained and accredited professionals experienced in providing tailored support and solutions.
The HCPC has recognised that the FTP process can be a stressful and challenging experience and reaffirms the HCPC’s commitment to providing registrants with the support needed to navigate the FTP process. For further information on the support provided and the relevant contact details, click on: https://www.hcpc-uk.org/concerns/how-we-can-support-you/ftp-registrant-support-service/.
The HCPC’s decision to provide registrants with further support mirrors the General Medical Council (“GMC”) and the Nursing and Midwife Council (“NMC”) who have recently enacted similar amendments to their FTP structure.