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Hearings and sanctions guidance: discussion paper

We are consulting on revised Indicative Sanctions Guidance for use by people involved in, or with an interest in, a fitness to practise hearing. This guidance is the main document fitness to practise committees use to help their decision making.

Background to consultation

When osteopaths fall short of expected standards, their fitness to practise may be called into question. This can lead to a referral to the GOsC, an investigation, and possibly a hearing before an independent fitness to practise committee.

Fitness to practise committees reach their own conclusions about the evidence they hear. However, it is important that the decisions they make uphold confidence in the osteopathic profession, protect the public, and maintain and uphold professional standards.

Since the publication of the present version of the guidance, there have been legal and regulatory changes. We also want to be sure that the guidance is fit for purpose, accessible to all, and is a basis for fair and proportionate decisions used at a fitness to practise hearing.

How to respond

The consultation questions are contained in the Discussion Paper on Hearings and Sanctions Guidance, along with space for your responses.

You can send us your response by email to: regulation@osteopathy.org.uk or by post to:

Consultation on draft Hearings and Sanctions Guidance
General Osteopathic Council
Osteopathy House
176 Tower Bridge Road
London SE1 3LU

Copies of this guidance and response form are also available on request in other formats by contacting the GOsC via email at: regulation@osteopathy.org.uk or
020 7357 6655 x224.

The deadline for responses to this consultation is 1 May 2017

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