What are Regulatory Bodies?
Many professions are now regulated by an official regulatory body. In particular, healthcare regulation is a growing area and there is now a significant number of health and social care professions who require to be registered with their particular regulatory body if engaged in practice within Scotland. The table below lists some of the main regulators:
|Social Workers and other Social Service Workers||The Scottish Social Services Council - SSSC|
|Health and Care Professionals||Health and Care Professions Council - HCPC|
|Nurses and Midwifes||The Nursing and Midwifery Council - NMC|
|Doctors||The General Medical Council - GMC|
|Dentists||The General Dental Council|
|Teachers||General Teaching Council for Scotland - GTCS|
|Pharmacists||General Pharmaceutical Council|
|Chiropractors||General Chiropractic Council|
|Osteopaths||General Osteopathic Council|
|Opticians||General Optical Council|
What do Regulatory Bodies do?
As well as maintaining registers and producing codes of practice, regulatory bodies can commence an investigation / disciplinary proceedings if they have concerns about a registrant's fitness to practise and sanctions can be imposed if fitness to practise is found to be impaired.
What is Fitness to Practise?
Each body has its' own definition but put simply, if someone is fit to practise, they have the appropriate skills, knowledge, character and health to practise their profession safely and effectively.
What if my Fitness to Practice is called into question?
If you have received correspondence from your regulatory body regarding your fitness to practise, it is recommended that you obtain specialist advice at an early stage. Whilst we understand it can be a daunting and worrying experience, try not to despair or immediately assume the worst - we can help guide and support you through the process.
Benefits we bring to you
We have advised and represented clients before the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) and Scottish Football Association Disciplinary Panel. We have a dedicated group of solicitors who have expertise in guiding people through the complex process of being investigated and charged by their regulatory body.