Notifying us of a Criminal Conviction
This page is for those chiropractors who are already registered with the General Chiropractic Council.
If you are applying for initial registration or restoration to the Register and need to declare a conviction, caution etc, please click [here].
You must notify us of any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands, warnings or Fixed Penalty Notices (other than for road traffic offences) you receive within 7 days.
You only need declare fixed penalty fines for traffic offences where they led to a disqualification.
What must I do if I have a conviction, caution, reprimand, warning or Fixed Penalty Notice?
If you have received a criminal conviction, caution, reprimand, warning or Fixed Penalty Notice, you need to tell us about, please complete the form [here] and return it to us with the following documentation:
- details of the offence, including the date you received the conviction, caution, reprimand, warning or Fixed Penalty Notices, the name of the court, the sentence
- A statement giving the circumstances of the offence, including any mitigation
- An up to date Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. If you are unable to obtain one, the GCC can arrange this for you
- If you wish you can provide a supporting statement from someone of professional standing who is familiar with the details of the offence
- Any further relevant documentation, such as a court extract or GP report.
Offences were alcohol or drugs were involved
Please be aware that in cases where alcohol and/ or drugs was a factor we are likely to seek some reassurance from a medical practitioner to determine whether the incident represents an unfortunate on-off or represents a pattern of behaviour that may be of concern to the Registrar.
What will happen if I tell you about an offence?
We consider having a police charge, caution, conviction, reprimand or warning as serious.
If you have been convicted of an offence our rules oblige us to automatically refer the case to our Investigating Committee, who will review the evidence provided and make a decision as to whether it should be referred to a full Professional Conduct Committee hearing.
If you have an offence other than a conviction the Registrar will review your case, taking into consideration all of the information you provided and then make a decision on whether or not it warrants a referral to the Investigating Committee. The Registrar will consider your own account of the circumstances that led to the offence, including any mitigating circumstances there may have been. The Registrar may decide on reviewing your case to refer it to the Fitness to Practice team.
If you notify us of any offence after 7 days from the date of the conviction caution etc, the case will automatically be referred to the Investigating Committee on that basis irrespective of the offence committed. This is because you made a declaration as part of your last application to us that you would inform us within 7 days.