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Other organisations

There are a number of other regulatory organisations in the UK which regulate health and care professionals

Anyone from one of the professions listed below must register with the relevant regulator. If they are not, then they are breaking the law and can be prosecuted. The registers are made up of only those professionals who have demonstrated that they have met high professional standards.

Because regulation is so important to standards of treatment and care, these registers are open to the public. You can check if your professional is registered by calling the relevant reulator or visiting their website. You can also raise a concern regarding a professional on their register.

Health and social care regulators

  • Regulates: Chiropractors

    Tel: 020 7713 5155
    Website: www.gcc-uk.org

  • Regulates: Dentists, dental therapists, dental nurses, dental technicians, clinical dental technicians, and orthodontic therapists

    Tel: 020 7887 3800
    Website: www.gdc-uk.org

  • Regulates: Doctors

    Tel: 0845 357 8001 
    Website: www.gmc-uk.org 

  • Regulates: Dispensing opticians and optometrists

    Tel: 020 7580 3898
    Website: www.optical.org  

  • Regulates: Osteopaths

    Tel: 020 7357 6655
    Website: www.osteopathy.org.uk 

  • Regulates: Arts therapists, Biomedical Scientists, Chiropodists/ Podiatrists, Clinical Scientists, Dieticians, Hearing Aid Dispensers, Occupational Therapists, Operating Department Practitioners, Orthoptists, Paramedics, Physiotherapists, Practitioner Psychologists, Prosthetists and Orthotists, Radiographers, Social workers in England and Speech and Language Therapists

    Tel: 44 (0)845 300 6184
    Website: www.hcpc-uk.org 

  • Regulates: Nurses, midwives, and specialist community public health nurses. 

    Tel: 020 7333 6622 
    Website: www.nmc-uk.org 

  • Regulates: pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy premises. 

    Tel: 020 3713 8000
    Website: www.pharmacyregulation.org 

  • Regulates: Pharmacists and pharmacy premises in Northern Ireland

    Tel: 028 9032 6927 
    Website: www.psni.org.uk 

  • Regulates: The social care workforce (Northern Ireland only)

    Tel: 028 9041 7600
    Website: www.niscc.info 

  • Regulates: The social care workforce (Wales only) 

    Tel: 029 2022 6257 
    Website: www.socialcare.wales 

  • Responsible for registering people who work in social services (Scotland only)

    Tel: 0845 60 30 891
    Website: www.sssc.uk.com 

Other contacts 

The following organisations may be useful for finding advice or support. You may also want to complain to the health service organisation involved, if appropriate, as they will have their own complaints procedure.

Other contacts

  • A charity for patient safety and justice which provides free and confidential advice following a medical accident. They cover both NHS and private healthcare complaint procedures and can advise on referrals to regulatory bodies or legal action.

    Phone: 0845 123 2352

    Website: www.avma.org.uk 

  • The independent regulator of advertising across all media.

    Phone: 020 7492 2222

    Website: www.asa.org.uk 

  • This organisation can provide you with free, confidential help if you have a problem or complaint with NHS services in Wales.

    Phone: 02920 235 558

    Website: www.wales.nhs.uk 

  • This service helps people deal with their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice.

    Website: www.citizensadvice.org.uk 

  • An independent body which upholds information rights in the public interest. If you need advice about seeing your personal medical records or if you feel that information held by a public body about you is incorrect, contact the Information Commissioner’s Office.

    Phone: 0303 123 1113

    Website: //ico.org.uk

  • A free, independent and confidential service that can help in making complaints about a National Health Service in England.

    Phone: 0300 330 5454

    Website: http://nhscomplaintsadvocacy.org/   

  • This organisation can help you make a complaint about health and social-care services in Northern Ireland.

    Phone: 0800 917 0222

    Website: www.patientclientcouncil.hscni.net 

  • This service provides free, confidential information, advice and support for anyone wanting to give feedback, make comments, raise concerns or make a complaint about treatment and care provided by the NHS in Scotland.

    Website: www.patientadvicescotland.org.uk 

Page updated on: 29/06/2018
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