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HCPC launches consultation on guidance for professional indemnity cover and registration


consultation on guidance for professional indemnity cover and registration

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has launched an eight week consultation to seek the views of stakeholders on guidance for registrants in relation to professional indemnity cover and registration.

The Government are proposing that all health professionals must hold professional indemnity cover as a condition of registration. This is subject to parliamentary approval and will apply to all of the professions regulated by the HCPC with the exception of social workers in England*. This is because these 15 professions are considered to be ‘healthcare professions’ under the terms of the European Directive 2011/24/EU on cross-border healthcare.

We anticipate that the majority of our registrants will already be able to meet these requirements as they will be indemnified either through their employer, a professional body, 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.

Subject to the legislative timetable, cover must be in place by Friday 25 October 2013. From 1 April 2014 new applicants to the Register and those renewing their registration will be required to complete a professional declaration. Failure to hold appropriate cover will mean an individual will not have their registration renewed or, in the case of new applicants, will not be registered by us.

Louise Hart, Director of Council and Committee Services commented;

"It is important that professionals are aware of their responsibilities to have appropriate indemnity cover and to take steps to ensure they meet this new requirement of registration.

"The draft guidance we have produced outlines what professionals need to know about their responsibilities and provides detailed information about professional indemnity, how they can meet this requirement and how the HCPC will check that cover is in place.

"We are now seeking views on this draft guidance and would welcome feedback from professionals on our Register as well as employers and other stakeholders who may be affected by this new requirement.”

The consultation will run from 10 June 2013 until 2 August 2013.


*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:

1. All media enquiries to Ebony Gayle on 020 7840 9784 or email
2. You can respond to this consultation in the following ways:
Link to online survey
By emailing us at:
By writing to us at the following address:
Consultation on guidance for registrants in relation to professional indemnity cover and registration
Health and Care Professions Council
Park House
184 Kennington Park Road
SE11 4BU
Fax: 020 7820 9684
3. If you would prefer your response not to be made public, please indicate this when you respond. We will publish on our website a summary of the responses we receive, and the decisions we have taken as a result. 
4. The full documents are available on-line and a copy can be downloaded from the HCPC website:
5. 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.
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
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

Ebony Gayle
020 7840 9806

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