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HCPC seeks lay Council member

26/07/2017 - 13:33

HCPC seeks lay Council member

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is seeking to appoint a new lay member to its Council.

Council members play a key role in setting strategy and policy and ensuring the HCPC fulfils its statutory duties and responsibilities. Candidates require experience in corporate governance, strategic planning and collective decision making and must have a good grasp of regulatory principles.

As ambassadors for the HCPC, they will need the ability to form strong relationships and uphold the principles of transparency and accountability.

Candidates for this role must not be on the HCPC Register. As a UK-wide regulator, HCPC encourages applications from individuals across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Elaine Buckley, Council Chair HCPC said:

"The role of the Lay Council Member is one that is highly valued by the HCPC and is extremely important for the effective governance of the organisation.

We are looking for a candidate with a broad range of skills who can support the work of the HCPC whilst contributing a different perspective.

I look forward to working with the successful candidate who will be joining the Council next January."

The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 18 September 2017and interviews will be held on Tuesday 17 October and Wednesday 18 October 2017. The successful candidate will begin their new role from Monday 1 January 2018.

For more information and how to apply, visit or email

Notes to Editors

1. The Council consists of 12 members, with 6 registrant and 6 lay members including the Chair.

2. The recruitment is overseen by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA) and the final decision rests with the Privy Council.

3. The HCPC welcomes applications from people not currently serving on other regulatory councils to ensure the Council has a breadth of experience and skill.

4. All appointments are made on merit. Appointments will be for up to four years in duration, with the possibility of reappointment. Members are able to serve a maximum of 8 years in any 20 year period.

5. An attendance allowance of £334 per day and incurred expenses are payable.

6. For further information about the appointments and the role of the Council please see: or contact Louise Lake, Director of Council and Committee Services, on 020 7840 9711 or email

7. For further press information, please contact Louise Shewey or Grant Imlach in HCPC’s press office on 020 7840 9806 or email

8. 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, psychological and social work 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.

9. 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

8. 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.

Louise Shewey
020 7840 9806

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