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HCPC Revised Guidance on Health and Character
The HCPC Revised Guidance on Health and Character is Released
The HCPC has recently issued new guidance on health and character of those applying to the register or those already registered.
As the regulator for a number of professions practising within health and social care, the HCPC check the health and character of everyone who applies to join the register. The HCPC can also take action if concerns are raised about a registrant’s health or character and their ability to practise safely. The HCPC standards of conduct, performance and ethics include the requirement to make changes to how you practise if your physical or mental health could put someone at risk.
In terms of character, you must declare any convictions or cautions unless they are protected. This area is often difficult to interpret and you should seek legal advice if you are unsure about what to declare.
Many people are also unsure about declaring driving convictions or cautions. Often the Panel are more concerned with the type of sentence you were given. It is rare for most driving offences to affect registration but you should declare them. You do not need to declare fixed penalty notices for motoring offences such as speeding.
In terms of character, you must declare any convictions or cautions unless they are protected. This area is often difficult to interpret and you should seek legal advice if you are unsure about what to declare."
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HCPC Defence Barristers have experience in providing legal advice to health and care professional dealing with questions over convictions and character issues. We understand the complexities the new Guidance on Health and Character and understand how a criminal record relates to professional training and practise. We help you through the potential threat to your ability to practise and your livelihood. When discussing topics such as a criminal record is vitally important that you are able to speak openly to your barrister and feel safe in the knowledge that we have dealt with such cases many times.
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