Raising a concern means providing us with information about something that a clinical physiologist did, or information about the clinical physiologist themselves. We investigate concerns about our Registrants as part of our role in protecting the public, upholding public confidence in Clinical Physiology and maintaining professional standards.
We receive concerns from many different sources and including members of the public, service users, employers, notifications from the police, other organisations involved in healthcare. Registrants are also able to self-refer. We can act on information we receive from any source that may call into question a registrant’s fitness to practise.
Standards of Acceptance (threshold criteria for FtP investigations)
Our Standards of Acceptance or threshold criteria for fitness to practise investigations set out our approach to how the RCCP investigate fitness to practise concerns. The threshold criteria helps to support the RCCP in identifying the cases that raise fitness to practise concerns and require investigation.
We consider all concerns in the same way, regardless of how they originated. When we receive a concern, we will at first consider whether it:
A registrant’s fitness to practise may be found to be impaired for one or more of the following five grounds as detailed in our Fitness to Practise Procedure (2020):
2 Deficient Professional Performance
3 Adverse physical or mental health
4 An adverse determination by another professional regulatory body
5 A criminal conviction or caution in the UK for a criminal offence, or a conviction elsewhere for an offence which, if committed in the UK could constitute a criminal offence
We will also undertake a risk assessment on receipt of the concern. This enables us to identify any serious concerns or potential interim order matters that need to be prioritised through the fitness to practise process.
We can only look into concerns that raise questions about a registrant’s fitness to practise. We cannot look at concerns that are solely about customer service or employment issues or the level of fees charged by a registrant. We are not a complaints resolution service and cannot make a registrant apologise or provide a refund or compensation.