The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) are a regulator, and were set up to protect the public. To do this, they keep a register of health and care professionals who meet HCPC standards for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health.
The HCPC currently regulate 16 health and care professions: arts therapists, biomedical scientists, chiropodists / podiatrists, clinical scientists, dietitians, hearing aid dispensers, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, paramedics, physiotherapists, practitioner psychologists, prosthetists / orthotists, radiographers, social workers in England and speech and language therapists.
All of these professions have at least one professional title that is protected by law, including those shown above. This means, for example, that anyone using the titles ‘physiotherapist’ or ‘dietitian’ must be registered with the HCPC.
It is a criminal offence for someone to claim that they are registered with the HCPC when they are not, or to use a protected title that they are not entitled to use.
If a health and care professional does not meet the HCPC standards, they can take action which might include stopping them from practising. This means that if an individual is unhappy with treatment they are given, or worried about the behaviour or health of a registrant, they can always raise their concerns with us.
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Last updated: July 1, 2020 4:30 pm