Friday 18 July 2014
HCPC registrants now require professional indemnity arrangements
All Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registrants except social workers in England* must now have appropriate professional indemnity arrangements in place as a condition of registration.
Michael Guthrie, Director of Policy and Standards, commented:
“The majority of our registrants will already meet these requirements because they will be indemnified either through their employer, a professional body, union or defence organisation, directly with an insurer, or a combination of these.
“However, it is important that registrants ensure that they have cover in place that is appropriate for their practice. We have produced guidance called Professional indemnity and your registration to help registrants understand the new requirement, which can be downloaded from our website.”
In the future, the HCPC will ask registrants to confirm they meet the requirement by completing a professional declaration when renewing or registering. However, this will not happen until the necessary amendments to the HCPC’s Rules have been made. The HCPC will continue to update on the progress of these.
* Social workers are separately regulated in each of the four countries and social workers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be unaffected by our proposals.
Notes to Editors:
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2. The requirement is a result of new legislation, the Health Care and Associated Professions (Indemnity Arrangements) Order 2014, introduced as part of the UK government’s obligations under European Directive 2011/24/EU on the application of patient rights in cross-border healthcare.
3. The Health and Care Professions Council is an independent regulator set up by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001. The HCPC keeps a register for 16 different health and care professions and only registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. The HCPC will take action against professionals who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally.
4. Professional indemnity and your registration can be downloaded at: www.hcpc-uk.org/publications/brochures/index.asp?id=883
5. Further information on the requirements and FAQs are available here: www.hcpc-uk.org/registrants/indemnity
6. The HCPC currently regulates the following 16 professions. Each of these professions has one or more ‘protected titles’. Anyone who uses one of these titles must register with the HCPC. To see the full list of protected titles please see www.hcpc-uk.org/aboutregistration/protectedtitles
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Hearing aid dispensers
Operating department practitioners
Prosthetists / orthotists
Social workers in England
Speech and language therapists