Christine Elliott, HCPC Chair of Council, provided an update on the progress the Health and Care Professions Council is making to improve its fitness to practise processes.

She said the “HCPC is placing great emphasis on improving fitness to practise, on wellbeing, and on prevention rather than dealing mainly with problems after they occur.”

Talking about the HCPC’s “Accelerated Fitness to Practise Improvement Plan”, she said

“In total, we have prioritised sixteen key Fitness to Practise improvement projects to be delivered between January and July 2021. I am very pleased to say that, so far, we have finished seven of these projects and are starting to see the benefits of them.”

In particular, she mentioned specifically that in relation to recruitment, the HCPC has successfully recruited a number of new team members to join our FtP team. This included the recruitment of 11 new legally qualified Chairs for the Investigating Committees and after successfully completing an induction, the new Chairs started sitting on Investigating Committees from 20 April 2021.

“Perform Plus, a tried-and-tested methodology which aims to create a more proactive culture of collaboration and problem solving.”

Finally, she said the HCPC “have implemented Perform Plus, a tried-and-tested methodology which aims to create a more proactive culture of collaboration and problem solving, in order to improve performance across the Fitness to Practise team.”

This is said will “work on improving is the time taken to reach the correct decision” and this is “already boosting efficiency and quality, which we know will benefit both registrants and members of the public.”

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