Anyone can contact us and raise a concern about a professional on our Register (a registrant).
We consider concerns about registrant's fitness to practise, i.e. whether they have the skills, knowledge and character to do their job safely and effectively. If serious concerns are identified we can, where appropriate, take action including restricting a registrant’s practice in some way. Find out more about what we can and cannot do.
Anyone can raise a concern about a registrant. This includes members of the public, employers and managers, the police and other health and care professionals.
We will not normally take further action if information is provided anonymously (where the person providing us with the information does not give their name). This is because we want to operate a fair and clear process and we cannot go back and ask for more information if we do not know who has contacted us. However, as our main function is to protect the public, if information given to us anonymously relates to serious and credible concerns about a registrant's fitness to practise, we may consider taking further action.
We can investigate concerns relating to events which occurred at any time however we will not normally proceed with concerns that are made more than five years after the events giving rise to them. This is so we can get the best possible evidence about the concerns, for example, witnesses will be able to recall events easily.
How to raise a concern
If you need to tell us about a concern, you should fill in a referral form. There are two ways to send your filled-in form to us by post or by email. You can find out more information and download the form by visiting this page.