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School of Applied Social Sciences

Research Projects

Understanding the prevalence of fitness to practise cases about paramedics and social workers in England

A research project of the School of Applied Social Sciences.

This research project will explore the reasons for, and action to prevent, the disproportionate number of fitness to practise cases about paramedics and social workers in England that are dealt with by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

HCPC is an independent UK-wide regulator of 320,000 individuals from 16 health and care professions. Six percent of those on the professional register are paramedics, and 27% are social workers in England. Paramedics represented 10.65% and social workers 57.65% of total fitness to practice cases in 2014-15 (HCPC, 2015).

The research will use mixed methods to identify dominant themes in fitness to practise cases for the two professions, informed by a literature review. The research will include an international Delphi process, in-depth review of 10% of cases in each profession, 30 in-depth interviews and 6 focus groups with stakeholders from across the UK.

The research is funded by HCPC, from May 2016-July 2017. The research team is led by University of Surrey, in partnership with colleagues at Royal Holloway, Durham and Toronto:

  • Anna van der Gaag, Principal Investigator, (a.vandergaag@surrey.ac.uk), School of Health Sciences, University of Surrey.
  • Ann Gallagher, Professor of Ethics and Care (a.gallagher@surrey.ac.uk), School of Health Sciences, University of Surrey.
  • Magda Zasada , Research Fellow, School of Health Sciences, University of Surrey
  • Robert Jago, Senior Lecturer in Law (robert.jago@rhul.ac.uk)
  • School of Law, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Sarah Banks, Professor (s.j.banks@durham.ac.uk), School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University
  • Zubin Austin, Professor and Koffler Chair in Management, University of Toronto

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