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A patient has asked me to sign certifying that their health does not affect their ability to practise their profession...

There are currently 13 Professional titles that can only be used by individuals who are registered. The titles are

  • Arts therapists
  • Biomedical scientists
  • Chiropodists/podiatrists
  • Clinical scientists
  • Dietitians
  • Occupational therapists
  • Operating department practitioners
  • Orthoptists
  • Paramedics
  • Physiotherapists
  • Prosthetists & orthotists
  • Radiographers
  • Speech & language therapists

Registration costs each applicant £200 and part of the application is a completed Health Reference Form. This form can be completed and signed either

  • by the GP who has known the patient for 3 years or more, or
  • a doctor who has examined the applicants medical records for the past 3 years or more,
  • or by a doctor who has examined the applicant.

It is not part of your terms of service to complete the Health Reference Form, and if you do you can charge an appropriate fee. Unfortunately we are not able to make recommendations on the level of fee, it is a matter for you. Alternatively you can provide your patient with a copy of the notes, for a fee of up to £50 and the patient can take them to another doctor, or you can simply refuse and ask you patient to find a doctor that will undertake a medical examination. The doctor does not have to be a GP it can be any Registered Medical Practitioner.

The Certificate is valid for 2 years, but it is not clear that there has to be a full application and Health Reference Form every 2 years, it think the renewal is done as long as there have been no complaints etc.

There are proficiency standards for each of the professions.  This whole scheme has been set up by Legislation.

There is lots more information on their web site which is http://www.hpc-uk.org/ including Standards of Proficiency for all 13 professions.

Any member of the public can check the registration of any professional on line.

Updated on Thursday, 7 January 2016, 919 views

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