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What is the HCPC?

We are a regulator of health and care professions in the UK

Our role is to protect the public. By law, people must be registered with us to work in the UK in any of the professions listed below.

We only register people who meet our standards so that they can practise safely and effectively.

We check the quality of training courses so that when someone completes one which meets our standards, we can register them. We also make sure that someone who has trained outside of the UK has met our standards before we register them.

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)
    • 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. 

  • 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)
    • 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. 

  • 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

    Annotations

    • 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. 

  • 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

    • Independent prescribing (IP) (therapeutic radiographers)
    • Supplementary prescribing (SP) (diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers)

    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: 25/10/2018
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