HCPC – Health & Care Professions Council
Paramedics practising in the United Kingdom must be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), a healthcare regulator set up to protect the public. The Council maintain a register of Paramedics who meet their standards in respect of training, professional skills and behaviour. Anyone using the title of Paramedic, and is not registered with the HCPC, is breaking the law and could be prosecuted.
Fitness to Practise Complaints
Anyone can raise a concern about a registrant’s fitness to practise. This includes members of the public, employers and other registrants. The Police may also notify the HCPC about criminal proceedings against a registrant. Fitness to Practise cases include misconduct (such as inappropriate behaviour, dishonesty or deliberate failings), not having the necessary skills or knowledge, a conviction or caution for a crime, the physical or mental health of the registrant, which if complaints are upheld, could seriously affect the member’s ability to practise or their employment prospects.
The College of Paramedics provide insurance cover for legal representation as part of the benefits for registered members up to the limits insured, including access to legal helplines. Details of the cover including the terms, conditions and procedures for notifying claims can be viewed from the downloads available on this page.
Limits & Conditions of Cover
Each full registered member is insured up to £100,000 in respect of any one claim, and up to a maximum of £150,000 for all claims in any period of insurance.The insurance period runs from 1 November each year for 12 months.There is no contribution required from members towards the costs (unless members choose their own legal representatives).Complaints will only be covered if first notified to members and reported to insurers during the currency of the policy.The cover only applies to incidents which occurred after the 1 November 2013, or the date of College membership, or the date of HCPC registration, whichever date is the later.For full details of the policy terms and conditions please refer to the policy wording, summary and FAQ documents available as a download from this page.