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HCPC launches new tribunal service

7 June, 2017

The HCPC has launched a new tribunal service to adjudicate on fitness to practise hearings.

The Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (HCPTS) will provide a clear separation between the panels which rule on cases and the HCPC which investigates allegations of misconduct and other transgressions. 

HCPTS Panels may caution or place restrictions on registrants practise and, in the most serious of cases, remove or suspend professionals from the HCPC Register.

The HCPTS will be based in a dedicated centre in Kennington, London, where it will operate separately from the regulator’s complaint handling, investigation and case presentation.

John Barwick, acting director of fitness to practise, HCPC said: ‘It is important for us to deliver a service where there is a distinct separation.

“The HCPTS will provide reassurance to registrants that the panel making a decision on allegations about them is at arm’s length from the organisation that investigated the matter.”

For more information on the HCPTS, all current fitness to practise cases and recent decisions visit

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