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09 March 2020
John Barwick chosen as new boss of health care professional watchdog
John Barwick has been appointed as the new chief executive of the regulator, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Barwick took over as interim CEO after the departure of Marc Seale six months ago.

The appointment was ratified by the organisation’s council today. Its chair, Christine Elliott said, “We were overwhelmed with excellent candidates for the post of chief executive. John’s passion, leadership and vision shone through, and he was compelling in his strategy for the future direction of our organisation. As regulators, we are also advisers to more than a quarter of a million health and care practitioners. John’s experience in this field will be instrumental in taking the HCPC forward in innovative and inspirational ways.”

Barwick joined the HCPC eight years ago, starting as a case team manager before rising to executive director of regulation for the council. He was also head of information and investigations for Ofqual, which regulates qualifications and tests in England.

“I am incredibly humbled and proud to be leading such brilliant and talented colleagues. This is a pivotal role in a pivotal organisation,” he said. “I am under no illusion that we’re at the forefront of protecting people. There has never been a more important time, with what is happening with coronavirus for example, for making sure that we provide excellence in everything we do. One of the ways we can do this is to make sure that our wonderful and selfless health and care professionals are supported and allowed every opportunity to treat those they see every day.”

The HCPC currently regulates 15 health and care professions, including radiographers, paramedics, physiotherapists and dieticians.

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Notes to editors 

The Health and Care Professions Council is an independent regulator set up by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001. The HCPC keeps a register for 15 different health and care professions and only registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. The HCPC will take action against professionals who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally. 

The HCPC currently regulates 15 health and care professions. Each of these professions has one or more ‘protected titles’. Anyone who uses one of these titles must register with the HCPC. The full list of protected titles can be found here. 

Requests for interview should be made through the HCPC Press Office on 07585 992 942 or press@hcpc-uk.org.