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After the final hearing
Publishing the decisions of the hearing
We publish decisions on our website. We do this to keep to the common law principle of open justice and Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The outcome of fitness to practise cases is a matter of legitimate public interest and the panel’s decisions provide valuable information about the standards expected of registrants, help service users to make informed choices and help maintain public confidence in the professions we regulate. However, we recognise that a fair balance must be struck between those aims of public interest and fairness to you and other people involved in hearings. For that reason, we normally remove hearing decisions from the website within set timescales. You can find more detail about these timescales and what we do and do not publish in the Fitness to Practise Publications policy.
Review of conditions of practice and suspension orders
If a conditions of practice order or a suspension order is made, another panel will review it shortly before it is due to run out. If you were asked to meet some conditions of practice, the panel will look for evidence that you met those conditions. If you were suspended, the panel will probably look for evidence that you have dealt with the problems that led to your suspension.
A review panel will always want to make sure that the public are protected. If they think you are not fit to practise (or they think you should not practise without restrictions), they may extend the conditions of practise order or suspension order.
They may also replace the order that is running out with another order that could have been made at the time of your original hearing. For example, they may replace a suspension order with a conditions of practice order if they think this provides enough public protection. They may also consider continuing the suspension order or striking you off the Register.
Applying for a review
Although conditions of practice and suspension orders are automatically reviewed before they run out, you can apply to have an order reviewed early. You can do this if you think your circumstances have changed since the order was put in place. For example, if you were ordered to have training and you finished it before you had to, or if you have taken steps to sort out issues that led to the order being made. This is not the same as appealing against the decision to impose the order.
You can appeal against the panel’s decision if you think it is wrong or the sanction is unfair. You can appeal to the High Court or the Court of Session in Scotland. You may want to get advice before you decide to appeal.
If you are struck of the Register, you can apply for restoration (to be put back on the Register) after five years. A hearing will be held by a panel to consider your application.
Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care
The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care is an organisation that promotes best practice and consistency among the UK health and social care regulators. It reviews all final decisions made by the regulators’ fitness to practise committees. It can refer a decision to the High Court or the Court of Session in Scotland if it considers the decision is unduly lenient or not sufficient for the protection of the public.
Further information on what to do after a hearing is available on the hearings section of out website.