What is Fitness to Practise

The BPC is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the register and quality assures that every Registrant on the register is Fit to Practise.

What does Fitness to Practise mean?

Fitness to Practise essentially means that a Registrant has the requisite skill, qualification, knowledge, experience, health and good character to complete their job effectively and safely.

Fitness to Practise may involve issues outside of the professional or clinical sphere. A Registrant’s conduct outside of work may call into question his/her Fitness to Practise if they engage in conduct which is likely to undermine public confidence in the profession and/or affect protection of the public.

By quality assuring the Fitness to Practise of our Registrants, the BPC upholds the standards of the profession, maintains public confidence in the profession, and ensures public safety.

Who can raise a concern?

Anyone can raise a concern about a Registrant’s Fitness to Practise. This includes members of the public, patients, employers, other organisations, and other Healthcare professionals.

Who can a concern be raised against?

The BPC can only consider concerns raised against Registrants on our register. To ascertain if a Therapist is on our register, please click here

What concerns will the BPC consider?

The BPC will consider concerns raised in connection with a Registrant’s:

  • Conduct;
  • Performance;
  • Physical or Mental health;
  • Character e.g. where the Registrant has received a conviction/caution or an adverse determination by another professional regulatory body within the UK.

What the BPC can not do?

The BPC cannot:

  • Consider concerns raised against Therapists not on our register;
  • Make personal recommendations regarding a choice of Therapist;
  • Provide clinical advice to members of the public;
  • Arrange refunds or compensation;
  • Make a Therapist apologise;
  • Give legal advice


How to raise concerns about a Registrant

Our over-riding concern is to protect the public and maintain public confidence in the profession we regulate.
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