Registration appeals hearings
If we’ve refused your application for registration or renewal, you can appeal our decision.
The decision can't be appealed if it was based on any of the following:
- failure to pay the application fee
- failure to apply in the form and manner required
- failure to supply the documents required to support your application.
Also, you can't appeal if we’ve refused your application based on the results of an aptitude test or an adaptation period (where a qualification has been achieved). When we can consider an appeal, the registration appeals panel can:
- confirm the original decision
- replace the decision (the new decision must be of a type that the Registrar could have made originally)
- send it back to the Registrar with instructions about how we should dispose of the matter.
Registration appeal panel hearings are normally held in public but in some circumstances, they may be held in private.
As an applicant or registered person, you’ll be invited to attend the hearing to explain to the panel why you feel your application should be granted. You can also be represented at this hearing.
Applying to get back on the Register after being removed by a panel
The registration appeals panel also looks at applications for restoration to the Register.
This means that you submit an application if you’re someone who has been removed from the Register by a fitness to practise panel following concerns about your fitness to practise.
If you’re removed from the Register by a removal order and you want to come back on the Register, you must:
- wait a minimum of five years before applying for restoration
- apply to the part of the Register from which you were removed.
After a registration appeals panel grants an application to be restored, you can apply to be registered in a different social care role. You can’t apply for the other role without first being restored to the Register. Registration appeals panel rules explain the process we must follow before, during and after a registration appeals panel hearing, and how a hearing should be run.
For more information about applying for restoration after being removed please read this guidance.