General Chiropractic Council (GCC) Representation
The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) is an independent statutory body that regulates chiropractors in the UK to ensure the safety of patients undergoing chiropractic treatment. If you are under investigation by the GCC or facing allegations, it is highly advisable you speak to a specialist solicitor to ensure you secure the best possible outcome. If you find yourself subject to a complaint or investigation, speak to our professional regulatory solicitors to see how we can help you. Going through such an investigation can be a stressful time for you and your loved ones, which is why we are there to ensure you are given the best representation and advice every step of the way, helping you to get back on track. Expert legal advice at each stage of the process, whether it be on how to put across your views at investigatory interviews, evidence gathering, or during the hearing can have a marked effect on the outcome of an investigation. Our solicitors will also make representations on your behalf to ensure you can continue practising until a decision has been made on the alleged conduct.
Fitness to Practise Complaints
A fitness to practise complaint may arise where a chiropractor has failed to reach the standards of competence and conduct required to practice their work safely and appropriately. The circumstances where your fitness to practise may come into question include misconduct (whether in practising standards or conduct within or out with the workplace); a lack of competence in your professional ability; impaired fitness caused by ill health; a conviction or caution for a criminal offence; or if you have been placed on a barred list which prevents you from working with children or vulnerable adults.
When deciding whether or not a professional's fitness to practise is impaired, the GCC must first consider evidence to conclude whether the conduct complained of amounts to misconduct or a lack of competence. They will then decide if the conduct complained of will deem you unfit to practice. This will be decided by looking at the conduct and deciding whether it would amount to a risk of harm to patients; if there is a way to remedy the conduct by undertaking training; and if it is likely there will be a reoccurrence of the conduct. The council will also consider if the profession has been brought into disrepute as a result of the conduct complained of.
Usually, a complaint will be dealt with by the holding of a hearing. Sometimes this will be following an interim hearing, depending on the case. A GCC hearing will hear the allegations of the complaint and the arguments from both sides, and the council must prove any allegations made. The committee will then make a decision on the case. There are usually three committee members, one being a qualified chiropractor, along with a legal adviser for both parties. Hearings are usually held in public, however, sometimes all or part can be held in private if confidential or intimate information is to be considered, or where the case involves a child or a vulnerable adult.
Contact our General Chiropractic Council Defence Lawyers Glasgow, Scotland
At the Glasgow Law Practice, our specialist Professional & Regulatory solicitors are well versed in advising on and representing clients' interests at hearings and appeals. We serve clients in and around Glasgow including Paisley, Govan, Partick, Bishopbriggs, Moodiesburn, East Kilbride, Hamilton, Bellshill and Coatbridge. We will work with you leading up to and during the hearing, ensuring that you are fully advised on any decision to be made. Contact us today. Pop into one of our offices in Baillieston, Cambuslang, Muirhead, and Saltmarket for free initial advice, or you can get in touch on 0141 552 9193 . You can also complete our online enquiry form, and one of our team will get back to you shortly.