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At the appeal hearing
If you live in England (or outside of the United Kingdom), the hearing will be in London, usually at our offices (Park House) in Kennington.
If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland the hearing will be in Edinburgh, Cardiff or Belfast respectively.
On arrival at Park House, please give your name and case reference to reception. There may be more than one Registration Appeal hearing taking place on the day.
On arrival at any other venue please ask at reception for directions to the HCPC Registration Appeal hearing and you will be directed to the appropriate room.
You should arrive in good time for the hearing. An Appeals Coordinator will meet and welcome you and explain the venue’s facilities.
Support for those with disabilities
Park House in London has wheelchair access and a 'loop' system for the hard of hearing.
However, if you are attending a Registration Appeal hearing and have a disability, communication difficulties or other additional needs, please discuss this with us in advance so that we ensure arrangements are in place to make your visit comfortable.
At the hearing
The notice of hearing that was sent to you will set out the place, date and time of the hearing.
The Appeal Panel sits from 10.00 am and will typically hear four to five appeals in one day. You should arrive in good time for the hearing start time set out in the notice. As it is not possible to predict exactly how long each appeal will take, the start-time may be a little later but the Appeal Panel will try to start your hearing on time.
Hearings typically take around an hour and the Appeal Panel will normally give its decision the same day.
The Appeal Panel
By law, the Appeal Panel must comprise:
- a Council member of the HCPC (who will act as Chair);
- a registrant from the part of the HCPC register to which the appeal relates; and
- a lay person.
If an appeal relates to an appellant’s health, the Panel will also include a registered medical practitioner
The Appeal Panel acts independently and Panel members will not have played any previous part in the decision that is being appealed. The Panel will reach a decision based upon the evidence put before it.
The proceedings before the Appeal Panel will be less formal than a court. Evidence is given seated at a table, not from a witness stand and the Panel is addressed as “Mr. Smith” or “Mrs. Jones” etc.
The Chair will introduce everyone present and establish the part they will play in the proceedings and explain how the hearing is to be conducted. The proceedings may vary from case to case, according to the nature of the issues to be decided.
Typically, the Panel will ask the Presenting Officer (who represents the Education and Training Committee (the Committee) which made the original decision) to outline the history of the case and will then invite you to speak.
The Panel will then ask you questions and give you an opportunity to add anything else you may wish to say. The Appeal Panel will focus on the issues that are in dispute and therefore may not ask you about every aspect of your case. However, if after the Appeal Panel has finished asking its questions, you think it has missed something, please tell the Chair.
At the conclusion of the case the Chair will invite closing submissions from the Presenting Officer and then from you (so that you have the final word). This is an opportunity, if it is needed, to sum up your case.
The Appeal Panel will then retire to consider the case in private. In most cases the Chair will ask you to wait while the Appeal Panel reaches its decision. You will be invited back into the hearing room once the Appeal Panel is ready to announce the decision and will be provided with a written decision notice.
The Appeal Panel may determine an appeal in one of four ways but not all of them will be appropriate for every appeal. The Appeal Panel may decide to:
- dismiss your appeal;
- allow your appeal;
- substitute a different decision (for example, if you have been asked to undertake an adaptation period, the Panel may change its duration or the practice areas to be covered);
- remit your case to the Committee with directions about what must happen next (for example, the Panel may require the Committee to arrange for you to take a test of competence).
If your appeal is dismissed, you have a further right of appeal to the County Court in England and Wales or Northern Ireland, or in Scotland, to a sheriff.
If your appeal is allowed, a different outcome substituted or remitted back to the Committee, HCPC’s Registration Department will contact with you within five working days from the conclusion of the hearing, to advise you on the next steps of the process and any action that you may be required to take.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your appeal further, please contact the registration department (appeals) on 44 (0)300 303 2059, or email on email@example.com.