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How we work

We have produced an animation to explain how we operate and how the HCPC benefits both registrants and service users

Our role 

We protect the public by regulating 15 health and care professions in the UK, to do this we:

  • set standards for professionals' education and training and practice;
  • approve programmes which professionals must complete to register with us;
  • keep a register of professionals, known as 'registrants', who meet our standards; and
  • take action if professionals on our Register do not meet our standards.


Council and committees

The Council is responsible for developing and monitoring strategy and policy for the HCPC, and ensuring that the organisation fulfils its function. It consists of 12 members (made up of six registrant and six lay members), led by the Chair. It is supported by statutory and non-statutory committees, which establish and monitor standards of education and training and to deal with fitness to practise issues. 

Our organisation

Our organisation is overseen by HCPC Chief Executive John Barwick. A staff team handles the day-to-day running of HCPC.


Get involved

We regularly consult service users and carers, health and care professionals and other key stakeholders, to get their views on the work we do.

There are many ways you can be part of our mission to protect the public.

Ways to get involved

  • We run open consultations when we are planning a new area of work, or planning to change the way that we do something.

    Current consultations

  • HCPC Partners play a crucial role in setting and maintaining professional standards in different fields. Partners can be registrants or laypeople.

    Partner vacancies

  • Our Council and committees are made up of both registrants and laypeople. Together, they determine the strategic direction of HCPC.

    Council and committee vacancies

  • The organisational side of HCPC is always willing to welcome talented individuals who are interested In helping the work we do.

    Current vacancies

Page updated on: 24/10/2018
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