HCPC Investigating Committee refuse jurisdiction to hear an interim suspension application against a Psychologist

A Counselling psychologist was spared an interim suspension after the Investigating Committee of the HCPC refused to hear the case.

Article 31 of the Health and Social Work Professions Order gives the investigating committee the power to impose an interim order where:

“an allegation against a registered professional has been referred to the Investigating Committee, Conduct and Competence Committee or to the Health Committee “

Article 31 Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001

Jonathan Goldring, the barrister representing Mrs B raised the issue at the outset of the hearing only be told that it was common practice for the Investigating Committee to hold and decide interim suspension hearings before the matter had been referred to the IC by the case manager.

Thankfully on this occasion the Committee agreed that until the complaint had been formally referred they had no jurisdiction to sit on the case.

If you or someone you know has been suspended the investigating committee of the HCPC you should check that the case was properly referred before the suspension hearing.