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. It is illegal to use the title of and practise as a Paramedic unless on the HCPC register.
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. Complaints which are upheld, could seriously affect member’s ability to practise and their future employment prospects.
If you believe there is a need to self-refer to HCPC, including requests from your
employer, please contact the legal helpline +44(0)333
999 9554 for initial advice, to establish whether the circumstances warrant
The College of Paramedics provide each full member registered with HCPC with the following cover and support as a membership benefit
Please see policy summary, policy wording (for full details of the terms and conditions of cover and how to report a claim) available as downloads from this page.
The College provide full and student members with Medical Malpractice and Public Liability Insurance for Good Samaritans Acts, volunteer work and limited paid work as a benefit of membership
Qualified and registered Paramedics may apply for their own independent cover. College members receive a 15% discount and enhanced benefits.
Provides valuable legal cover and assistance for Healthcare professionals accused of inappropriate or criminal behaviour from £25 per year plus insurance tax