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Hearings and Sanctions Guidance

We are consulting on draft Hearings and Sanctions Guidance for use by people involved in, or with an interest in, a fitness to practise hearing.

This guidance is a key document that fitness to practise committees use to help their decision making.

Documents to download:

Background to the consultation

We recently reviewed our Indicative Sanctions Guidance. As part of our review, we have substantially revised the guidance and produced this draft Hearings and Sanctions Guidance. It is designed to make parties who are attending a hearing aware of the procedure and approach taken by the Professional Conduct Committee during a hearing and when imposing a sanction.

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. We also want to be sure that the guidance is fit for purpose, accessible to all and encourages consistent, proportionate and transparent decision making.

Please read the consultation document 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:

Draft Hearings and Sanctions Guidance consultation
General Osteopathic Council
Osteopathy House
176 Tower Bridge Road
London SE1 3LU

The deadline for responses is 15 December 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.

About you

We would also like to ask you some questions about you. Completing the diversity questionnaire is optional, but we would welcome information about our respondents. The information you provide will only be used for the purposes of analysing the consultation responses.