Fitness to Practise Representation

What Your Membership Covers you for in Terms of Fitness to Practise

  • Access to a 24-hour specialist legal advice pertaining to Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) fitness to practise investigations
  • Legal representation at HCPC fitness to practise hearings
  • Confidential one-to-one peer support for full members who have been notified that a Fitness to Practice complaint or concern raised against them with the HCPC has reached the threshold for investigation.

What is not covered in your membership

  • Representation at hearings with employers or any judicial investigations into criminal actions by you

If you believe there is a need to self-refer to the HCPC, including requests from your employer, you must contact the legal helpline for initial advice, to establish whether the circumstances warrant self-referral.

Pre-Hearing Representation

The legal team will assist in providing a response to allegations or complaints made to the HCPC against you concerning your fitness to practise, including representation at the HCPC investigation committee hearing. 

Fitness to Practise Hearing

Should the HCPC investigation committee decide there is a case to answer and the specialist legal team have assisted you in drafting and submitting any response to the committee, the College of Paramedics will*:

  • Assist in preparation for appearance at the hearing
  • Instruct our legal team to provide legal representation at the hearing

*Provided that there is greater than 50% chance of not being struck off or suspended from the register. Decided by the legal team and College of Paramedics FTP Panel.

Membership Conditions

You must:

  • Be a fully paid-up member of the College of Paramedics at the time of the incident notified to the HCPC
  • Be a fully paid-up member of the College of Paramedics at the time of the incident occurrence
  • Still have current membership of the College of Paramedics
  • Maintain continuous and fully paid-up Full Membership of the College of Paramedics from time of the incident being notified to the HCPC, and throughout the Fitness to Practise investigation process
  • Take cognisance of the advice given and act accordingly

Member Responsibilities:

  • To consult with the helpline before making a decision to self-refer to HCPC especially if advised to do so by your employer
  • Provide the College of Paramedics legal team and Fitness to Practise Panel with a truthful account of your circumstances and any extra information we ask for to allow us to represent your case

Tell us as soon as possible:

  • If there is a change in your circumstances such as Employer disciplinary action, hearing or outcomes
  • If you change employer
  • Of any police involvement in the incident leading to criminal charges or and conviction
  • You decide to engage another legal team in your representation. For example trade union or other legal body
  • If you provide a statement or information to another party investigating the incident

If you do not meet your part of the process we may withdraw representation at any stage of the process and we may recover any costs incurred

To request an application form please call 01278 420014 or email


We have produced a poster to provide specific advice about HCPC self-referral by paramedics. This poster has been co-badged with several other organisations, including the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives.  


Paramedic Self-referral Guidance and Advice Webinar

Hosted jointly by the College of Paramedics and the HCPC in December 2021 this webinar highlights that there is a high rate of self-referral from paramedics to the HCPC. The webinar outlines how the HCPC’s new guidance on Health and Character might impact on self-referral decisions, and uses a range of case studies and gives practical advice to help you to understand if self-referral is really necessary.   

Further Resources

The College of Paramedics and the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives held an webinar as part of the #UncomfortableConversations series on ‘Abuse of Position of Trust'. The purpose of this important and insightful session was to increase awareness of what constitutes “inappropriate behaviour”, what signs to look out for, the psychology of the offender, and how to respond. You can watch a recording of this highly recommended session here: