The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the regulator for health and social work professionals in the UK, has established the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (the “Tribunal”). The Tribunal is expected to be fully operational on 28 April 2017.

The stated aim of the introduction of the Tribunal is to enhance the functional separation within the Fitness to Practise Department of the HCPC. The HCPC states that the establishment of the Tribunal will provide reassurance to registrants that the Panel making a decision on allegations about them are at arm’s length from the organisation that initially investigated the matter.

The HCPC is the second regulator to establish such a Tribunal Service and follows in the footsteps of the General Medical Council who established the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in June 2012.

Further details, including details about the Tribunal’s website, logo and brand can be found here.