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Visiting European health or social work professionals
Professionals who are established in another relevant European State, in one of the professions we regulate in the UK, can make a declaration to provide services in the UK on a temporary and occasional basis.
This provision is governed by the European Union (Recognition of Professional Qualifications) Regulations 2015, which give effect in the UK to the EU Professional Qualifications Directive (2005/36/EC).
Relevant European States
The relevant European States are listed below. They are the countries in the European Economic Area and Switzerland.
Practice as a visiting professional
We do not assess visiting professionals’ professional knowledge and skills against our standards of proficiency, so there are some limitations on how they can practise whilst in the UK.
Visiting professionals must:
• practise on a temporary and occasional basis only;
• use their home State professional title in a language of that State;
• practise within the scope of their home State profession; and
• either renew their declaration or apply for HCPC registration if they intend to practise in the UK for more than one year.
Visiting professionals are not permitted to:
• use any of the designated titles that are protected by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001;
• practise in the UK on an established basis, for example by taking a full-time permanent position; and
• perform temporary work (such as agency or locum work) where the job title for the post uses one of those designated titles.
Applying for registration
A declaration is valid for one year but may be renewed. If a professional makes another declaration, we may ask for further information about the temporary and occasional nature of their practice.
A professional who wishes to become established in their profession in the UK must apply for HCPC registration. Find out more in the Apply section.
For more information please contact the Registration Department using the following contact details.
Phone: 44 (0)300 500 4472
The European Communities (Recognition of Professional Qualifications) Regulations 2007Adobe PDF Document156kb