Consensual disposal: osteopaths

All osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and fit to practise. The GOsC will investigate concerns about an osteopath’s fitness to practice and, if well founded, the osteopath may be subjected to a sanction. The General Osteopathic Council is undertaking a consultation process into the use of ‘consensual disposal’ as an alternative means of disposing of certain types of fitness-to-practise investigations. The consultation into the use of consensual disposal ends on 31 January 2013.

The current process for dealing with concerns about an osteopath’s fitness to practise begins when a complaint is made against a registered osteopath (Registrant). The GOsC will consider the complaint in order to decide if they have the jurisdiction to deal with it. If it is decided that the complaint falls within the auspices of the GOsC it will be investigated by the Investigating Committee (IC). If the IC finds there is a case to answer, a referral will be made to the Professional Conduct Committee (PCC). Allegations are drafted which will form the basis of the case against the Registrant. A subsequent hearing will be held at which the Registrant has the right to be present. The PCC will hear the evidence presented on behalf of the GOsC and on behalf of the registrant and will come to a decision relating to the registrant’s fitness to practise and the sanction to be imposed if impairment of the registrant’s FTP is proved…

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