Registration

Fitness to be registered and to practice

What does fitness to be registered mean?

The Responsible Authority would require every practitioner that would be registered for a scope of practice to meet certain registration requirements.

The practitioner must:

  • have the qualifications prescribed by the Responsible Authority for the scope of practice
  • be competent to practice within that scope of practice
  • be fit for registration.

Being fit for registration includes:

  • being able to communicate effectively so they can practice safely and the public is protected
  • being of good character and a ‘fit and proper’ person
  • not having convictions for indictable offences, statutory offences relating to the practitioner’s practise, and findings of guilt in either civil or disciplinary proceedings in any jurisdiction
  • not having current criminal or disciplinary investigations in any jurisdictions.

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How does the Responsible Authority assess fitness to be registered compared to employers

Responsible Authority Employer

Have the qualifications prescribed by the RA for the scope of practice

Will set a qualification for each scope. May require proof of qualification. Likely to allow proof of competency for those with current qualifications so those currently practising could registered. If from overseas may have to sit an assessment or examination.

The employer will require certain qualifications for the job.

Be competent to practise within that scope of practice

Will usually accept a NZ qualification.

May require a period of work under supervision.

If the practitioner comes from overseas they may be assessed or expected to sit an examination.

May accept self declaration and references initially.

In time the Responsible Authority will set a policy outlining how they expect practitioners to maintain competence though doing courses/assessment of performance.

The employer will assess the practitioner’s ability to do the job and set the ‘authority to practice’.

Employer may expect the person to attend courses etc/ have a qualification.

Be fit for registration which includes:

being able to communicate effectively so they can practise safely and the public is protected

The Responsible Authority may set a level of English required especially for practitioners from overseas.

The Responsible Authority may also set a cultural competence test for practitioners from overseas.

Most Responsible Authorities use the IELTS tests especially for those from overseas.

May accept referee statements.

Assessed during recruitment process.

able to perform the functions required for the practice of that profession i.e. has no mental or physical condition that may affect practice

Most Responsible Authorities will accept self declaration unless they are aware of concerns.

Will be assessed during recruitment process, including interview, CV and references.

being of good character and a ‘fit and proper’ person

not having convictions for indictable offences, statutory offences relating to the practitioner’s practise, and findings of guilt in either civil or disciplinary proceedings in any jurisdiction

not having current criminal or disciplinary investigations in any jurisdictions

May ask for referees reports and references

May ask for police reports.

May rely on a self declaration – which if is incorrect the Responsible Authority can act under the HPCA Act

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May check other previous employers /referees especially if from overseas.

May check previous, employers/other regulatory groups overseas.

Will be assessed through CV and references.

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What does fitness to practise mean?

Fitness to practise includes:

  • being in good physical and mental health
  • being able to perform at the required standard
  • being able to provide evidence of continued competence.

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How does the Responsible Authority assess fitness to practice and what does the employer do now?

For the Responsible Authority Employer

being in good physical and mental health

Usually done by self declaration unless there is some concerns

being able to perform at the required standard

Will usually accept a NZ qualification
May ask for references
May set a test if from overseas

Employers ask for references

being able to perform at the required standard

May set a test or examination or assessment.

Employer expect the person to attend courses etc/ have a qualification

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