Frequently asked questions
How do I find out about forthcoming hearings?
We publish a schedule of forthcoming public hearings which contains a summary of the allegations for each case.
How do I find out about the outcome of a hearing?
Shortly after a public hearing concludes we publish a Record of Determinations which shows
- the names of the doctor and tribunal members
- the allegations and
- the tribunal’s written determination (in other words, the decision)
on our recent decisions page.
The GMC List of Registered Medical Practitioners shows the doctor’s current registration status.
As a member of the public, can I attend a hearing?
Yes, most of our hearings are held in public and we provide facilities for members of the public and the media to attend.
There are some exceptions – interim orders tribunal hearings are usually held in private; hearings that deal solely with a doctor’s health are held in private; and some public medical practitioners tribunal hearings may occasionally go into private session.
Please check with us in advance if you are unsure whether the hearing you want to see will be in public.
Is there disabled access?
Yes. The building is adapted for disabled access, with lifts able to accommodate most wheelchairs to all floors. Hearing loops are provided in the hearing rooms.
MPTS staff are on hand to provide additional assistance. If you have any specific requirements, please let us know in advance and we will do all that we can to assist.
What time do hearings start and finish?
Hearings start at 9.30am unless otherwise stated. They generally finish for the day between 4.30 – 5.00pm, with a lunch break and short refreshment breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Occasionally it is necessary for hearings to sit later into the evening and at weekends.
Who are the tribunal members and how are they appointed?
Our tribunals are made up of a mix of medical (doctors who must hold a licence to practise) and non-medical people who adjudicate on the evidence presented at our hearings.
They are drawn from our diverse pool of tribunal members who were appointed through open competition and are subject to regular training and appraisal. Our pool of tribunal members and their declared interests is published on this site.
How can I apply to become a tribunal member?
We hold tribunal member appointment exercises when the need to appoint further tribunal members arises.
Details of any such exercises, with a person specification and role description, will appear on our recruitment page.
Will you investigate my complaint about a doctor?
No, complaints handling and investigation are separate from the MPTS.
The GMC’s website contains information and advice about making a complaint about a doctor.
See the Making a complaint section on the GMC website.
I’m due to be a witness at a hearing. What guidance do you have?
Please see our guidance for witnesses. You can also get a good idea of who will attend the hearing and facilities at the hearing centre by viewing our virtual tour of the hearing centre.
I’m a doctor facing a hearing. What guidance do you have?
Please see our information for doctors attending a hearing. You can also get a good idea of who will attend the hearing and facilities at the hearing centre by viewing our virtual tour of the hearing centre.
Are there photocopying facilities available?
Parties attending the hearing should ensure they bring sufficient copies of any documents that they require with them. If additional copies are required due to unforeseen circumstances, photocopying equipment is available at the hearing centre for use by parties to hearings.
Can I obtain a transcript of a hearing?
Transcripts may be made available for most of our public hearings, subject to a fee. For more details please contact MPTSOfficeAdmin@mpts-uk.org.
What if I have a complaint about a tribunal’s decision?
If you are a doctor who believes that a tribunal has come to an incorrect decision regarding your own fitness to practise, you have the right to appeal the decision. Please see our appeals page for more information.
If you are a doctor or member of the public who has a complaint about any other aspect of the service provided by the MPTS, please see our complaints about us page.
Who are the senior management of the MPTS?
The Chair of the MPTS is His Honour David Pearl.
The Assistant Director, MPTS is Howard Matthews. He leads on operational policy and procedure, and is responsible for managing the MPTS budget. Please see our managing the MPTS and annual reports for further information.
I’m interested in working for the MPTS, where can I get more information?
Any vacancies will be advertised on this site on the recruitment page.