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How to check the Register and what the results mean

Help with checking the Register to find a professional

To check the Register you will need to know the profession of the person whose registration you wish to check. You will also need to know either a person’s surname or their registration number.

Every registrant on the Register is assigned a unique registration number. This has up to six numbers, and starts with the letters of the profession code. For example: PH123456 or PYL123456.

If you do not know their registration number, then you can search only by profession and surname. However, this might return more than one result.

To check someone's registration status you will need to:

  •  enter their surname or registration number;
  •  select their profession from the drop down menu; and
  •  click on the Search button.

What the search results mean

You will be shown how many results have been matched, with a default of 15 registrants displayed per page. You can choose to display more registrants per page and navigate page numbers using the links under the search results.

The search results will display:

  • their name;
  • their registration status;
  • their registration number;
  • the approximate geographical area in which they work; and
  • any additional entitlements that they have as part of their profession

Clicking on the name of an individual registrant will display further details about them. This includes their current registration period, modalities and any additional entitlements they have. If you search by registration number you will jump straight to this view.

If the result yield a 'Registered' status, then the registrant is on the Register with no restrictions, cautions or conditions of practise. If someone has any conditions of practise or cautions against their record, then this will also show under this section, alongside a link to further information about what this entails.

We do not display the contact details, or any personal identifiable information of those on the Register. Only an approximate geographical location of where they work.

Searching for multiple registrants

If you are an employer you may find our Multiple Registrant Search useful. This facility allows you to check the registration status of up to 100 individuals at once.

Multiple Registrant Search

Online Register FAQs

  • Our Register is a list of professionals, known as 'registrants', who meet our standards and can legally practise in the UK under one of the 15 professions we regulate.

    All the professionals on our Register must meet our standards and the Register is there to give service users confidence that our registrants have the required training, skills and experience so that they can practise safely and effectively.

    We also make sure that someone who has trained outside of the UK has met our standards before we register them.

  • Profession codes

    AS - Arts therapists
    BS - Biomedical scientists
    CH - Chiropodists/podiatrists
    CS - Clinical scientists
    DT - Dietitians
    HAD - Hearing aid dispensers
    ODP - Operating department practitioners
    OR - Orthoptists
    OT - Occupational therapists
    PA - Paramedics
    PH - Physiotherapists
    PYL - Practitioner psychologists
    PO - Prosthetists & orthotists
    RA - Radiographers
    SL - Speech & language therapists

    See here for a list of the health and care professionals we regulate.

  • If the result yield a 'Registered' status, then the registrant is on the Register with no restrictions, cautions or conditions of practise. If someone has any conditions of practise or cautions against their record, then this will also show under this section, alongside a link to further information about what this entails.

  • Each profession has its own different two-year registration cycle. The dates shown on the Register reflect the beginning and the end of the profession's current registration cycle.

    The dates on the Register do not indicate how long a registrant has been qualified or practising.

  • If someone is not registered with us, then they will not show on the Register. It might mean that they are practicing under a different name, or have decided to remove their name entirely. It might also mean that they have been removed from the Register as part of a Fitness to Practise hearing and are not currently allowed to practise.

    Also note that only registration numbers that have a valid format will be searched for. If the results page lists a record as “not found” this could mean the registration number is incorrect and you should try again.

    If you would like further support in trying to find a professional, then please contact our Registration team.

  • We currently annotate our Register to indicate where a registrant has undertaken additional training around medicines and has obtained entitlements to sell, supply, administer or prescribe these medicines. We are required to do this by legislation.

    Annotations will only appear on the Register for registrants who are qualified to practise in that area. See more information about this means here

  • Yes. We have an Employer Check API tool that will give further information on how to connect to the outputs of the Register. To find out more, please see the Employer Hub on our website. 

Still have a question about the Online Register?

For more information about our Online Register, please contact the Registration department:

Page updated on: 10/07/2018
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