Fitness to Practise Frequently Used Terms


You may not be familiar with some of the terms used in relation to Fitness to Practise. We have explained these below.

AdjournmentPostponement of a hearing
Admonish To reprimand firmly
AllegationThe charge or charges faced by the registrant
Case ManagerHelps the Preliminary Proceedings Committee investigate the complaint
CensureTo criticise strongly
CouncilThe Health and Social Care Professionals Council has 29 voluntary members and a Chair, appointed by the Minister for Health
EvidenceWhat a witness says at the inquiry and documentary evidence, including photographs, which are brought before an inquiry
Health CommitteeInquires into whether or not a registrant has a relevant medical disability
Committee of Inquiry If the matter warrants further action and is not suitable for mediation, or both parties do not consent to mediation, the complaint will then go before a Committee of Inquiry. There are two types of Committee of Inquiry: Professional Conduct Committee and Health Committee. A hearing before a Committee of Inquiry is similar to a hearing before a Court or tribunal
Lay PersonA person who is not and never has been a registrant of any of the professions CORU has been designated the power to regulate or hold any qualification that would allow him or her to apply for registration to CORU
Legal AssessorA legal advisor who sits with the Committee of Inquiry. The role of the Legal Assessor is to provide the Committee with independent legal advice
MediationIs a form of alternative dispute resolution involving an agreed mediator acting as a facilitator to help the parties negotiate an agreement
Poor professional performanceAny failure of the registrant to meet the standards of competence that may reasonably be expected of registrants practising that profession
Preliminary Proceedings Committee This Committee initially examines all complaints received by CORU and gives its opinion to Council about what action should be taken
Professional Conduct CommitteeHears complaints about a registrant's conduct or competence
Professional MisconductConduct that is a breach of the Code of Professional Conduct and Ethics adopted by the Registration Board of that profession
RegistrantA person who is registered as a health and social care professional with CORU is called a registrant
RegistrarThe CEO of the Council is the Registrar of each Registration Board. She is responsible for ensuring the work of each Registration Board is carried out
Registration BoardEach profession has its own Registration Board which is responsible for the registration of members of the profession
Relevant Medical DisabilityA physical or mental disability of the registrant which may impair his or her ability to practise his or her profession. It includes an addiction to alcohol or drugs
SanctionThe type of penalty that Council can impose on a registrant