top of page

Health and Care Professions Council 

Medical Professional and Stetoscope

The Health and Care Professions Council, or HCPC, is the UK's health and care professions regulator. By regulating 15 healthcare professions in the United Kingdom, the Council safeguards the public. People must register with the HCPC in order to operate in the UK in any of the following professions, according to the regulations:

Arts therapists 
A psychologist therapist who has arts-based expertise and training in psychological therapy that use drama, music, or art as their primary means of communication is known as an art therapist.

Protected Titles: Art Psychotherapist | Art Therapist | Dramatherapist | Music therapist
Biomedical Scientists 
A biomedical scientist examines patient samples in order to provide information that can aid doctors in diagnosing and treating diseases.

Protected Title: Biomedical Scientist
Hearing Aid Dispensers
Hearing aid dispensers operate in private practice, evaluating, fitting, and maintaining hearing aids.

Protected Title: Hearing Aid Dispensers
Occupational Therapists
An occupational therapist employs a variety of activities to help people with disabilities live more independently in all aspects of their lives.

Protected Title: Occupational Therapists

Operating Department Practitioners
Operating department practitioners give individualised care and professional support alongside medical and nursing colleagues during the anaesthetic, surgical, and recovery phases of surgical treatment.

Protected Title: Operating Department Practitioners
An orthoptist is a professional who specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of eye movement and alignment disorders.

Protected Title: Orthoptist
paramedic-team-rescuing-young-critical-patient (1).jpg
Paramedics are medical professionals that give specialised care and treatment to patients who are critically ill or injured. They can administer a variety of medications and perform certain surgical techniques.

Protected Title: Paramedics
Physiotherapists assist people to achieve their full physical abilities by dealing with human function and mobility. They employ physical methods to promote, maintain, and recover health.

Protected Titles: Physiotherapist | Physical Therapist
Practitioner Psychologists
The scientific study of humans, minds, and behaviour is known as psychology. Psychologists try to figure out how mental functions influence individual and group behaviour.

Protected Titles: Practitioner Psychologist | Registered Psychologist | Clinical Psychologist | Forensic Psychologist | Counselling Psychologist | Health Psychologist | Educational Psychologist | Occupational Psychologist | Sport and Exercise Psychologist 

Prosthetists / Orthotists
Patients receive prostheses and orthoses from prosthetists and orthotics. A prosthesis is a device that replaces a body component that has been lost. An orthosis is a device that is attached to a part of the body.

Protected Titles: Prosthetists | Orthotists 
Radiation therapy is planned and delivered by therapeutic radiographers.
To detect injuries and diseases, diagnostic radiographers create and evaluate high-quality images of the body.

Protected Titles: Radiographer | Diagnostic Radiographer | Therapeutic Radiographer  
Speech and Language Therapists
A speech and language therapist evaluates, treats, and prevents speech, language, and swallowing problems.

Protected Title: Speech and Language Therapist | Speech Therapist

To ensure the safety and efficacy of their profession, the HCPC extensively examines candidates to see if they satisfy required requirements, including the quality of training courses. To protect the public, the regulator has a variety of objectives, including:

  • Standard: The HCPC establishes educational, training, and practice standards for respective professionals.

  • Professional Programmes: The regulator approves the programmes that professionals must finish in order to become registered.

  • Maintain Records: The HCPC maintains a list of professionals, referred to as registrants, who meet their requirements.

  • Action: If professionals on the HCPC's Register fail to achieve the required criteria, the HCPC will take appropriate action.

On a number of subjects, such as the development of standards or releasing recommendations, the HCPC must interact with stakeholders. Professional bodies, government, employers, trade unions, service users, and the general public are among the organisations and persons with which the regulator collaborates in carrying out its UK-wide obligations.

bottom of page