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The Nursing Team - Recruitment, Employment, Retirement and Pension

We have a lot of information available on our website regarding Recruitment and Employment within Primary Care. The following are some of the pages we feel you would find useful but if you have any further queries please email us

This podcast was recorded by Sally Bassett and Kate Wells-McCulloch of the RCN, discussing Critical Conversations with staff and colleagues. 

Checking a health care professionals’ registration

All Health Care Professionals must be registered with a professional body which includes the GMC for doctors and the NMC for nurses. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians must be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC).

The Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC) is a statutory body that regulates and maintains a register of over 280,000 professionals from 15 health and care professions in the UK. This includes the ARRS roles of paramedics, dieticians, occupational therapists and physiotherapists.

The function of the HCPC is to:

  • Set standards for professionals' education and training and practice;
  • approve programmes which professional must complete to register with us;
  • keep a register of professionals, known as "registrants", who meet our standards; and
  • take action if professionals on our Register do not meet our standards

The HCPC website provides information for professional groups on a wide range of topics such as education, CPD, registration and returning to practice. There is section for employers to access should you have any concerns around an individual professional. It is important that any employer checks that the professional is registered with the HCPC.

Retirement and Pensions.

NHS pensions for GPs and other NHS staff are different and complex.

We would recommend you consult the NHS Pensions Agency for up to date and informative advice on your pension. 

However, the following may also be useful:

Wessex LMCs - Pensions

Wessex LMCs -  Pensions - Ill Health Retirement

RCN - Pensions and retirement  

NHS Pensions - Returning to the NHS after retirement

NHS Pensions - Age retirement – Employer FAQs

Useful Links and Publications

ACAS -  Acas | Making working life better for everyone in Britain

RCN -   Advice and support for RCN members . A useful website for all employment issues.

GOV.UK -  Solve a workplace dispute

Wessex LMCs -  Employment/HR links


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Updated on Tuesday, 12 October 2021 437 views