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The Care Quality Commission | Disclosure & Barring Service | National Police Chief's Council | NHS Safeguarding and the Independent Ambulance Association recognise the Health Practice Associates Council register in supporting the safe recruitment of urgent and emergency clinical responders whose grades are not governed by statute.

The Health Practice Associates Council (HPAC) is the UK's regulatory body for pre-hospital urgent and emergency clinical responders whose grades are not governed by statute. We are a non-profit organisation that works with stakeholders across the United Kingdom and seek to register clinicians who meet our standards for the skills and training associated with their scope of practice, behaviour, and health to protect the public. 

When onboarding new applicants to the register, their qualifications, identity, and background are checked and verified before approval by our registration team. This includes a full enhanced DBS check, which is then registered on the update service and monitored in real-time by our safeguarding system.

Nationwide Police Engagement: The HPAC is signposted nationwide in all police custody suites in the country as the non-paramedic referral pathway. This arrangement is based on the principles of common law disclosure and helps to rapidly identify and alert service providers of new risks to patients, staff, the public and employers. The council regularly shares intelligence with police forces in bilateral information exchanges when dealing with referrals and fitness to practice investigations. This helps both law enforcement and HPAC to better serve and protect citizens, staff, and employers through regulatory compliance.

Engagement with the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS): The HPAC shares details of relevant referrals that we receive with the DBS. Details of our investigations, including registrant compliance with the fitness to practice process and outcomes, provide valuable insight for the Barring Service when assessing individuals. It is crucial that all providers of regulated activities (employers or volunteer managers of those working in regulated activity in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland) understand their legal duty to make a referral to the DBS if certain conditions are met. Learn more by following this link.

 Employers can support the register by enrolling here | Clinicians can apply for registration here | Media inquiries: [email protected] | Public inquiries: click here | Make a donation here

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The Health Practice Associates Council is a Community Interest Company (CIC) registered in England and Wales, company number 10830551, and is regulated by the Information Commissioner's Office and the Office of the Regulator of Community Interest Companies.