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HCPC appoints new Lay Council Member

01 Jan 2018

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathryn Foreman to Council.

Kathryn will take up her post as Lay Council Member on Monday 1 January 2018 for a term of four years.

Kathryn spent six years at the Cheshire Fire and Rescue service as Deputy Chief Fire Officer and Secretary and Solicitor to the Fire Authority and was the first female, and first person without an operational background, to hold the role nationally.  Kathryn’s experience also includes governance consultancy and a non-executive director role.

Elaine Buckley, Council Chair HCPC, commented:

“I would like to offer Kathryn a warm welcome to Health and Care Professions Council. I look forward to drawing on her extensive senior management experience in both executive and non-executive roles, across a number of organisations, and her legal and governance expertise which I am sure will be a valuable contribution to the Council.”

Elaine Buckley

Council Chair HCPC

-ENDS-

Notes to editors

The Health and Care Professions Council is an independent regulator set up by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001. The HCPC keeps a register for 16 different health and care professions and only registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. The HCPC will take action against professionals who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally.


The HCPC currently regulates the following 16 professions. Each of these professions has one or more ‘protected titles’. Anyone who uses one of these titles must register with the HCPC. The full list of protected titles can be found below.


The HCPC regulates social workers in England. Social workers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are separately regulated by the relevant Care Council in that country.


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Professions and protected titles

  • An arts therapist is a psychological therapist who has arts-based experience and training in psychological interventions using drama, music or art as their primary mode of communication.

    Protected titles

    • Art psychotherapist
    • Art therapist
    • Dramatherapist
    • Music therapist

    Check the Register to make sure a professional is registered and to see if any entitlements are annotated on their record. 

  • A biomedical scientist analyses specimens from patients to provide data to help doctors diagnose and treat disease.

    Protected titles

    • Biomedical scientist

    Check the Register to make sure a professional is registered and to see if any entitlements are annotated on their record. 

  • A chiropodist / podiatrist diagnoses and treats disorders, diseases and deformities of the feet.

    Protected titles

    • Chiropodist
    • Podiatrist

    Annotations

    • Independent prescribing (IP)
    • Supplementary prescribing (SP)
    • Prescription-only medicines – administration (POM–A)
    • Prescription-only medicines – sale / supply (POM–S)

    Check the Register to make sure a professional is registered and to see if any entitlements are annotated on their record. 

  • A clinical scientist oversees specialist tests for diagnosing and managing disease. They advise doctors on tests and interpreting data, and carry out research to understand diseases.

    Protected titles

    • Clinical scientist

    Check the Register to make sure a professional is registered and to see if any entitlements are annotated on their record. 

  • A dietitian uses the science of nutrition to create eating plans for patients to treat medical conditions. They promote good health by helping to facilitate a positive change in food choices.

    Protected titles

    • Dietitian
    • Dietician

    Annotations

    • Supplementary prescribing (SP) 

    Check the Register to make sure a professional is registered and to see if any entitlements are annotated on their record. 

  • Hearing aid dispensers work in private practice to assess, fit and provide aftercare for hearing aids.

    Protected titles

    • Hearing aid dispenser

    Check the Register to make sure a professional is registered and to see if any entitlements are annotated on their record. 

  • An occupational therapist uses specific activities to limit the effects of disability and promote independence in all aspects of daily life.

    Protected titles

    • Occupational therapist

    Check the Register to make sure a professional is registered and to see if any entitlements are annotated on their record. 

  • Operating department practitioners provide individualised care and skilled support alongside medical and nursing colleagues during the anaesthetic, surgical and recovery phases of a surgical procedure.

    Protected titles

    • Operating department practitioner

    Check the Register to make sure a professional is registered and to see if any entitlements are annotated on their record. 

  • An orthoptist specialises in diagnosing and treating visual problems involving eye movement and alignment.

    Protected titles

    • Orthoptist

    Check the Register to make sure a professional is registered and to see if any entitlements are annotated on their record. 

  • Paramedics provide specialist care and treatment to patients who are either acutely ill or injured. They can administer a range of drugs and carry out certain surgical techniques.

    Protected titles

    • Paramedic

    Annotations

    • Independent prescribing (IP)
    • Supplementary prescribing (SP)

    Check the Register to make sure a professional is registered and to see if any entitlements are annotated on their record. 

  • Physiotherapists deal with human function and movement, and help people to achieve their full physical potential. They use physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore wellbeing.

    Protected titles

    • Physiotherapist
    • Physical therapist

    Annotations

    • Independent prescribing (IP)
    • Supplementary prescribing (SP)

    Check the Register to make sure a professional is registered and to see if any entitlements are annotated on their record. 

  • Psychology is the scientific study of people, the mind and behaviour. Psychologists attempt to understand the role of mental functions in individual and social behaviour.

    Protected titles

    • Practitioner psychologist
    • Registered psychologist
    • Clinical psychologist
    • Forensic psychologist
    • Counselling psychologist
    • Health psychologist
    • Educational psychologist
    • Occupational psychologist
    • Sport and exercise psychologist

    Check the Register to make sure a professional is registered and to see if any entitlements are annotated on their record. 

  • Prosthetists / orthotists supply prostheses and orthoses to patients. A prosthesis is a device that replaces a missing body part. An orthosis is fitted to an existing body part.

    Protected titles

    • Prosthetist
    • Orthotist

    Check the Register to make sure a professional is registered and to see if any entitlements are annotated on their record. 

  • Therapeutic radiographers plan and deliver treatment using radiation.

    Diagnostic radiographers produce and interpret high-quality images of the body to diagnose injuries and diseases.

    Protected titles

    • Radiographer
    • Diagnostic radiographer
    • Therapeutic radiographer

    Annotations for therapeutic radiographers

    • Independent prescribing (IP)
    • Supplementary prescribing (SP) 

    Annotations for diagnostic radiographers

    • Supplementary prescribing (SP) 

    Check the Register to make sure a professional is registered and to see if any entitlements are annotated on their record. 

  • The social work profession promotes social change, problem solving in human relationships and the empowerment and liberation of people to enhance wellbeing.

    Protected titles

    • Social worker

    Check the Register to make sure a professional is registered and to see if any entitlements are annotated on their record. 

  • A speech and language therapist assesses, treats and helps to prevent speech, language and swallowing difficulties.

    Protected titles

    • Speech and language therapist
    • Speech therapist

    Check the Register to make sure a professional is registered and to see if any entitlements are annotated on their record. 

Page updated on: 30/11/2018
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