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Consensual Disposal under Rule 8

We are inviting views on a draft practice note about consensual disposal of fitness to practise cases under Rule 8 of the General Osteopathic Council (Professional Conduct Committee) (Procedure) Rules 2000.

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About consensual disposal

‘Consensual disposal’ allows for fitness to practise cases to be concluded by agreement following the investigation stage of a complaint.

It is an alternative to referring the case forward for a full hearing by the Professional Conduct Committee (PCC) in cases where the PCC has reviewed the evidence and considers that the complaint should be dealt with by admonishing the osteopath.

In some instances, this may be considered to be the most appropriate and proportionate way of dealing with a complaint.

The draft Practice Note for the PCC explains how the procedure will operate. It also sets out a number of criteria to be used to identify the cases suitable for consideration under the Rule 8 procedure.

Please read the draft Practice Note before answering the consultation questions.

To respond

You can complete and send us the online response form or send us your completed Word consultation response form by email to: regulation@osteopathy.org.uk or by post to:

Consensual Disposal Consultation
General Osteopathic Council
Osteopathy House
176 Tower Bridge Road

The deadline for responses is 4 September 2017.

We are asking some specific questions that we would like responses to, but you are welcome to offer any comments you wish. All feedback will be taken into consideration.

We will publish a report about the consultation and the responses we have received. If you would prefer your response not to be made public, please indicate this when sending us your views.

We look forward to receiving your comments. Thank you in advance.