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HCPC to appoint four new Council members

04/08/2014 - 10:00

Recruitment commences for HCPC Council

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is seeking to appoint three lay members and one registrant member to its Council.  The appointments are expected to commence from 1 January 2015.

As a UK-wide regulator, HCPC is encouraging applications from individuals across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  As there is a requirement that each of the four countries in the UK is represented on the Council, the HCPC is also seeking to appoint individuals to at least two of these roles who live or work in each of Wales and Northern Ireland.

Council members play a key role in setting strategy and policy and ensuring the HCPC fulfils its statutory duties and responsibilities. They also act as ambassadors for the HCPC representing the Council’s public protection role.

Chair of the Health and Care Professions Council, Anna van der Gaag, commented;

“Maintaining a UK wide perspective has always been of great importance to the HCPC, and throughout our history we have been fortunate to have a Council with wide expertise and a shared commitment to delivering protection for the public. I look forward to working with four new members who will be joining the Council at this time.”

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

The closing date for completed applications is 5pm on Friday 12 September 2014.

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Notes to Editors:

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

2. 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.

3. An attendance allowance of £310 per day and incurred expenses are payable.

4. For further information about the appointments and the role of the Council please see:
  or contact
           Claire Amor, Secretary to Committees, on 020 7840 9710 or email

5. The Health and Care Professions Council is an independent, UK-wide health and care regulator set up by the Health and Social Work Professions Order (2001).  The HCPC keeps a register of 322,000 individuals from 16 different health and care professions and only  registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills and behaviour. The HCPC will take action against people who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally.

6. HCPC currently regulates the following 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 and podiatrists
• Clinical scientists
• Dietitians
• Hearing aid dispensers
• Occupational therapists
• Operating department practitioners
• Orthoptists
• Paramedics
• Physiotherapists
• Practitioner psychologists
• Prosthetists and orthotists
• Radiographers
• Speech and language therapists
• Social workers in England

Amy Morgan
+44 (0)20 7840 9137

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