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What happens if a concern is raised about me?
This section provides information if you have a fitness to practise concern raised against you. It gives you information about the process a case will go through and the possible outcomes. We recognise that having a concern raised about you can be a stressful experience so we try to make our processes as open and clear as possible. We hope the information in this section will help you.
Who can raise a concern?
Anyone can raise a concern about a registrant. This includes members of the public, employers and other registrants. The police will also tell us about criminal proceedings against a registrant if they decide there is a pressing social need.
If we receive information in an unusual way (for example, from a newspaper article), we can still look into it if it suggests a registrant’s fitness to practise may be impaired.
We will not normally take further action if the information is provided anonymously (where the person giving us 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.
We will also not normally take further action if the person giving us the information is not willing for their name to be given to the registrant. This is again because we want to operate a fair and clear process and it is very difficult to do so if the registrant does not know who has raised the concern about them.
However, as our main function is to protect the public if anonymous information relates to serious and credible concerns about a registrant’s fitness to practise, we will still consider whether it is appropriate to take further action.
What type of cases can you consider?
We only consider cases about fitness to practice.
The types of cases we can consider are those that question whether a registrant’s fitness to practise is ‘impaired’ (negatively affected) by one of the following factors.
- Misconduct – behaviour which falls short of what can reasonably be expected of a registrant.
- Lack of competence – lack of knowledge, skill and judgement, usually repeated and over a period of time, which means a registrant is unfit to practice.
- Conviction or caution for an offence in the UK (or somewhere else for an offence that would be a crime if it was committed in England and Wales).
- Physical or mental health – usually a long-term, untreated or unacknowledged physical or mental-health condition.
- A decision made by another regulator responsible for health or social care.
Examples of these different grounds can be found on our case studies page.
We can also consider allegations about whether an entry to our Register was made fraudulently or incorrectly. This might be the case if, for example, a registrant gave false information when they applied to be registered.
Because our function is to protect the public, we can investigate concerns relating to events which happened at any time or at a time before the registrant was registered. However, we will not normally proceed with concerns that are made more than five years after the events giving rise to them.