We offer a specialist Professional Regulatory service to chiropractors regulated by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC).
There is comprehensive information in our Employment pages on the support we can offer for any workplace situation, including:
- Drafting grievances
- Harassment and bullying
- GCC Appeal Tribunal Hearings
- Internal disciplinary investigations & hearings
- Employment tribunal litigation
- Independent Safeguarding Authority barred list representations
- Investigation by the GCC
- High Court Injunctions
- GCC Fitness to Practise Hearings
- High Court Judicial Reviews
- GCC Interim Orders Panel Hearings
As a member of a regulated profession, we are fully aware that any investigation or disciplinary process is very stressful, as it will usually go to the heart of your professional practice. If you have been suspended or are under investigation, please contact us as a matter of urgency. It is much better to get advice at this stage, rather than risking the potential consequences for your career if the matter goes further. Anything that calls into question your suitability to remain on the GCC register can have far-reaching consequences.
The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) is the regulatory body responsible for chiropractors in the UK; it is essential for chiropractors working either in the NHS or private practice to be accepted on to the GCC Register. As part of their duty to protect the public, the GCC have the power to take action by either removing or restricting a chiropractor's registration if they fall seriously short of the high standards expected.
The GCC can consider cases where a registrant's fitness to practise may be impaired due to:
- Conduct that falls below the standards required of a registered chiropractor
- A lack of professional competence
- A conviction (at any time) for a criminal offence in the United Kingdom
- Physical or mental health
- The investigation process
1. If an allegation is made to the GCC, it will first be assessed. If there may be a case to answer, you will be asked to respond in writing.
2. Investigating Committee panels will consider the allegation and then may refer the case to a panel of the Professional Conduct Committee in cases relating to misconduct, lack of competence, convictions, decisions by other regulators or a decision to strike off the register. They will refer the case to a panel of the Health Committee, if the case relates to mental or physical health.
3. A Health panel will consider if your fitness to practise is impaired for health reasons. If it is, they can:
- Impose a Conditions of Practice Order or
- Suspend your registration.
4. A Professional Conduct panel will consider the case against you and has the power to impose
- Conditions of Practice Order
- Suspension Order
- Removal from the Register
At any stage, you may be subject to an interim suspension order while the appropriate committee considers your case. In addition, the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence has the power to appeal any decision of the Fitness to Practise panel on the grounds that it is ‘unduly lenient’.
We can support you throughout this process, with pragmatic, considered advice. Should the panel decision go against you, we can advise you on the likelihood of success at appeal and can represent you robustly in proceedings in the High Court or Court of Session.
Professional Regulatory Contact
For more information on our Professional Regulatory services, please contact Riz Majid – Head of Employment – +44 (0) 20 7429 3906