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HCPC welcomes new Council member

08/01/2016 - 16:50

HCPC welcomes new Council member

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Maureen Drake to Council.

Maureen Drake has over 20 years’ experience in health and education settings including working at Coventry University, South Birmingham PCT and Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust.

As well as having worked as a senior lecturer in occupational therapy, she holds an MSc in disability management and vocational rehabilitation, and has an extensive background in leadership and management positions. Currently working in Leeds, she is also a registered occupational therapist, specialising in vocational rehabilitation and neurology.

Elaine Buckley, Council Chair HCPC, commented:

“I am delighted that we have recruited Maureen to the Council and look forward to working with her this year. Maureen’s background in health, social care and education alongside her leadership skills and clinical experience will benefit the Council. This is particularly important as we continue working with our stakeholders to ensure all our regulatory processes are fit for purpose.” 

Chief Executive and Registrar of the HCPC, Marc Seale, commented:

“Council members play a fundamental role in setting the organisation’s strategy and policy, as well as ensuring that HCPC maintains efficient regulatory processes, and fulfils its statutory duty of public protection. Everyone at HCPC is looking forward to working with Maureen.”


For further press information please contact Grant Imlach or Nina Romain on +44 (0)20 7840 9784 or +44 (0)20 7840 9137 or email

Notes to editors
1. The HCPC is responsible for managing the process of appointing a new Council member, in line with the requirements of the legislative frameworks, including the Health and Care Professions Council (Constitution) Order 2009, and makes recommendations to the Privy Council. The Professional Standards Authority is responsible for advising the Privy Council about the process adopted by the professional regulators in recommending an appointment. The HCPC are also responsible for managing the process of reappointment of a Council member or Chair, extending appointments of council members and chairs, suspending or removing a council member or chair or making an emergency appointment. Again, these processes will be carried out in line with the requirements of the legislative frameworks.
2. The Council is drawn from the professions HCPC regulate as well as lay backgrounds to bring a diverse mix of experience and knowledge. For further information about the Council please see or contact Secretariat, on +44 (0)20 7840 9785 or email

3. 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 

                 Arts therapists
                 Biomedical scientists
                 Chiropodists / podiatrists
                 Clinical scientists
                 Hearing aid dispensers
                 Occupational therapists
                 Operating department practitioners
                 Practitioner psychologists
                 Prosthetists / orthotists
                 Social workers in England
                 Speech and language therapists

4. The HCPC regulates social workers in England. Social workers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are separately regulated by the relevant Care Council in that country.

5. To contact us via social media, use the Twitter handle @The_HCPC or search The Health and Care Professions Council on Facebook or LinkedIn.

Nina Romain
0207 840 3480

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