Coronavirus (COVID-19): Running hearings while under restrictions

The MPTS will continue to run virtual hearings and a small number of in-person hearings throughout the period of increased restrictions in England.

Since early November 2020 we have been running all hearings virtually unless there is a particular need for a hearing to be held in our Manchester hearing centre.

This approach allows us to continue to meet our statutory responsibility to protect the public.

Hearings will only take place in Manchester if the needs of the participants cannot be met by a virtual hearing or the circumstances of the case make it unsuitable for a virtual hearing.

Doctors and their representatives and the General Medical Council continue to have the opportunity to make relevant submissions to the MPTS as part of our case management process. 

Keeping the hearing centre open for a small number of cases means we can avoid postponing hearings that are ready to proceed. Concluding hearings as quickly as possible is important as delays can be stressful for doctors, patients and others involved in our hearings.

We are following the UK government’s COVID-secure guidance and have carried out a thorough risk assessment as well as a significant programme of work to put safety and hygiene measures in place throughout the building.

Our FAQs page is a useful resource for those involved in a hearing. It is reviewed and updated regularly and includes information about how hearings are operating as well as more detail about our arrangements for scheduling and running hearings. 

If you have a specific query about a hearing you are involved in, please email enquiries@mpts-uk.org.