Joint statement from the Chief Executives of statutory regulators of health and care professionals on conflicts of interest


Advice on conflicts of interest

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has joined other health and care regulators to agree a joint statement on handling conflicts of interest.

It sets out the expectations of how HCPC-regulated professionals should act in relation to avoiding, declaring and managing actual or potential conflicts of interest, including:

·         Putting the interests of people in their care above their own interests.

·         Maintaining appropriate personal and professional boundaries.

·         Refusing gifts, favours or hospitality which could be interpreted as an attempt to gain preferential treatment.

·         Ensuring patients have easy-to-understand information on any fees and charging policies.

The joint statement supports HCPC’s existing Standards of conduct, performance and ethics published on 26 January 2016, which are still the over-riding consideration for professionals.  There is a case study available which helps show how the principles outlined in the statement can be put in to practice.

More information:

Joint statement on handling conflicts of interest

Welsh version of joint statement on handling conflict of interest

HCPC case study example in relation to conflicts of interest

HCPC’s Standards of conduct, performance and ethics