Frequently asked questions
The full details displayed about each registrant are:
- their name;
- their registration status;
- a unique identifier (their registration number); and
- the approximate geographical area in which they work;
Explanation of registration status
Registered - this means that the registrant is currently registered
Registered Conditions of Practice - this means that in order to practice their profession, the registrant must comply with specified conditions
Registered Interim Conditions of Practice - this means that in order to practice their profession before a final hearing takes place, the registrant must comply with specified conditions
Registered Caution - this means that the registrant has had a warning placed against their registration but is able to practice their profession on an unrestricted basis
Deregistered Suspension - this means that the registrant has been suspended from practising their profession
Deregistered Interim Suspension - this means that the registrant has been suspended from practising their profession on an interim basis before a final hearing takes place
We have powers to mark or 'annotate' the Register to show where a registrant has additional entitlements because they have completed additional training in a particular area of practice. 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. Below is a list of the annotations that may appear on the results page, alongside an explanation of each.
Independent prescribing (IP)
This will appear on the Register for some chiropodists / podiatrists, paramedics, physiotherapists and therapeutic radiographers, if the registrant is qualified to act as an 'independent prescriber'.
An independent prescriber is able to prescribe on their own initiative any medicine within their scope of practice and relevant legislation.
Supplementary prescribing (SP)
This will appear on the Register for some chiropodists / podiatrists, paramedics, physiotherapists, radiographers and dietitians, if the registrant is qualified to act as a 'supplementary prescriber'.
A supplementary prescriber is able to prescribe medicines to patients as part of a 'clinical management plan'. This is a plan agreed between the supplementary prescriber, a doctor and the patient. A supplementary prescriber can only prescribe the medicines included in the clinical management plan.
Prescription only medicines – administration (POM-A)
This will appear on the Register for some chiropodists / podiatrists, if the registrant is qualified to administer by injection certain prescription only medicines, including a range of local anaesthetics, as part of their practice and without the need for a prescription.
Prescription only medicines – sale / supply (POM-S)
This will appear on the Register for some chiropodists / podiatrists and orthoptists, if the registrant is qualified to sell or supply certain prescription only medicines legally as part of their practice.
This may be because they are registered under a slightly different name. For example, someone may be 'William Smith' on the Register but use 'Bill Smith' in their practice.
If you are concerned that a professional is not registered, you can contact our Registration Department.
What doesn't the register show?
The Register does not show individual qualifications, seniority, or skill levels. It does not display a home or work address. The information displayed is intended only to allow you to check that a professional is registered.
Registrants who have been struck off as a result of a fitness to practise hearing will not appear in the online Register. You can find more information about cases.
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.