The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) warned it will take action, including erasure, where it comes to its attention that someone has used such a service to register. It confirmed it does not “endorse any services that offer to complete an application on someone else’s behalf.”
It said it had recently been made aware that individuals and companies are offering services to complete applications to join the HCPC Register. Writing on its website, the HCPC wrote:
We do not endorse any services that offer to complete an application on someone else’s behalf.
Applications to join the HCPC Register must be completed by the person applying to join the Register. It is essential that the information provided in a registration application is a true statement of that person’s qualification(s) and experience.
If we establish that the content of a registration application is untrue, it may be rejected on the basis that the applicant is not able to demonstrate that they are of good character and capable of safe and effective practice.
The HCPC warned that it “will take action” where it comes to its attention that someone has used such a service to register. This can include removing someone from its register if their entry is incorrect or fraudulent. It further warned that, if it receives information that an HCPC registrant has been offering services to assist another person to register with us incorrectly or fraudulently, the HCPC will pursue this through its fitness to practise processes.
Using these services also risks prosecution. It is an offence under the Health Professions Order (2001) to fraudulently procure, or try to procure the making, amendment, removal or restoration of an entry in our Register.
If a business or individual makes use of the HCPC logo to promote this type of service, it is in breach of our policy on the use of the HCPC logo.
If you have any questions about this or if you require support to complete your application please contact our Registration team.
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