What support is available during fitness to practise procedures?
We recognise that it can be stressful and seem confusing when a concern has been raised. We want to do what we can to reduce this stress where possible. This involves:
- Being clear about what to expect when engaging with our procedures.
- Ensuring we deliver the highest standard of customer care achieved by developing a customer service charter. This ensures our staff are clear about the standards of care our customers should expect.
We have worked in partnership with Samaritans to train GDC staff involved in the fitness to practise process. This will make certain they have the skills to help recognise where an individual may need additional support.
If you have had a concern raised about you and you feel you would benefit from additional support, you can discuss this with our staff and they can advise you where best to find help.
Registrants will appreciate that if there are any concerns about their health and wellbeing that may put patients at risk the information may be used in our proceedings. We will keep information relating to health and wellbeing confidential in line with data protection legislation. We may share this information with other organisations who can offer support, but we will discuss this with you first before doing so.
Witnesses and informants should be aware that we may need to disclose information to the registrant facing proceedings. If you have any questions about this then please raise them with our staff.