The Health and Care Professionals Council’s (HCPC) statutory powers to holder remote fitness to practise hearings is now in force.

The Health and Care Professions Council (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Rules Order of Council 2021, that came into force on 4 March 2021, amend the procedural rules for the HCPC’s three Practice Committees, which conduct fitness to practise proceedings, and the procedural rules for its Appeal Panel, which hears appeals against registration decisions.

The amendments make two changes:

  • They provide for the service by electronic means of notices and other documents relating to fitness to practise and appeals proceedings; and
  • enable the Practice Committees and Appeal Panel to conduct hearings and meetings by audio or video conference in an emergency. The amendments also allow committees to order that hearings and meetings held by audio or video conference are to be held in private.

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