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HCPC registrants now require professional indemnity arrangements

Tagged In:  CPD, HCPC
All Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registrants except social workers in England must now have appropriate professional indemnity arrangements in place as a condition of registration.

Michael Guthrie, Director of Policy and Standards, commented: “The majority of our registrants will already meet these requirements because they will be indemnified either through their employer, a professional body, union or defence organisation, directly with an insurer, or a combination of these.

However, it is important that registrants ensure that they have cover in place that is appropriate for their practice. We have produced guidance called Professional indemnity and your registration to help registrants understand the new requirement, which can be downloaded from our website.

In the future, the HCPC will ask registrants to confirm they meet the requirement by completing a professional declaration when renewing or registering. However, this will not happen until the necessary amendments to the HCPC's Rules have been made. The HCPC will continue to update on the progress of these.

What does the new requirement mean for registrants?

The new requirement means that registrants (apart from social workers in England) are required to have a professional indemnity arrangement in place as a condition of their registration with the HCPC. The arrangement must provide appropriate cover.

This requirement does not mean that all registrants need to take out separate professional indemnity insurance. The requirement to have a professional indemnity arrangement in place can be met through one or more of the following:
  • A professional indemnity arrangement through your employer.
  • A professional indemnity arrangement as part of being a member of a professional body, trade union or defence organisation.
  • A professional indemnity arrangement obtained directly through an insurer.
Many registrants will already meet this requirement and will not need to take any additional action. For more information, take a look at the HCPC's frequently asked questions on professional indemnity.
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