Get To Know The Health And Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), originally the Health Professions Council (HPC), is a statutory body in the UK that regulates individuals in the health and care professions.

The Council claims that safeguarding the public is its primary goal. For the professions it regulates, it achieves this by establishing and upholding norms of competence and behavior. Its primary responsibilities include approving the education and training programs that healthcare professionals must complete before registering with the HCPC and maintaining and publishing a Register of healthcare providers who adhere to predetermined professional standards of practice.


History of HCPC

Under the National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Act of 2002, the Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine (CPSM) was replaced by the Health Professions Council in 2003.

By 2005, the HPC had established regulations for thirteen protected titles: art therapists, biomedical scientists, chiropodists/podiatrists, clinical scientists, dieticians, occupational therapists, operating room practitioners, orthoptists, paramedics, physiotherapists, prosthetists and orthotics, radiographers, and speech and language therapists.

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The General Social Care Council relinquished control of the organization’s regulation of social workers in England on August 1, 2012. In order to better represent its increased duties, the HPC was renamed the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The Health and Social Care Act of 2012, which was passed by the UK government, included these modifications. In order to better reflect the variety of experts that they regulate, their tagline was modified from “Regulating health, psychological and social work professionals” to this.

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According to the HCPC, it has also been given unprecedented authority to create voluntary registers for unregulated professions or related occupations, including for students looking to enter a regulated or unregulated profession.

The Professional Standards Authority is responsible for regulating the General Medical Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the General Dental Council, and other health professions in the UK.

On December 2, 2019, Social Work England, a new organization, took over the regulation of social workers in England.

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Professions regulated by the HCPC

The HCPC regulates 15 categories of health and care professionals. They are:

CategoryProtected TitlesProfessional bodies
Arts therapistsArt Psychotherapist
Art Therapist
Music Therapist
British Association of Art Therapists
British Association of Dramatherapists
British Association for Music Therapy
Biomedical scientistsBiomedical ScientistInstitute of Biomedical Science
The Society of Chiropodists & Podiatrists
The British Chiropody and Podiatry Association
The Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists
The Alliance of Private Sector Chiropody and Podiatry Practitioners
Clinical ScientistsClinical ScientistAssociation of Clinical Scientists (ACS)
DietitiansDietitianBritish Dietetic Association
Hearing aid dispensersHearing aid dispenserBritish Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (BSHAA)
Occupational therapistsOccupational TherapistRoyal College of Occupational Therapists
Operating department practitionersOperating Department PractitionerCollege of Operating Department Practitioners (CODP)
Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP)
OrthoptistsOrthoptistBritish & Irish Orthoptic Society (BIOS)
ParamedicsParamedicCollege of Paramedics
PhysiotherapistsPhysical Therapist
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Practitioner psychologists (e.g. Clinical psychologists)Clinical psychologist
Counselling psychologist
Educational psychologist
Forensic psychologist
Health psychologist
Occupational psychologist
Practitioner psychologist
Registered psychologist
Sport and exercise psychologist
British Psychological Society (BPS)
Association of Clinical Psychologists (ACP-UK)
Association of Educational Psychologists
Prosthetists and orthotistsOrthotist
British Association of Prosthetists & Orthotists
RadiographersDiagnostic Radiographer
Therapeutic Radiographer
The Society & College of Radiographers
Speech and language therapistsSpeech and Language Therapist
Speech Therapist
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

These professions, including those listed above, all have at least one designated title that is legally protected. HCPC registration is required for anyone utilizing these titles. It is illegal for someone to use a protected title without authorization or to falsely represent that they are registered with the HCPC.

Maintaining standards

If a professional who is registered with them does not meet the standards which are set, the HCPC can take action which might include stopping an individual from practicing

Other healthcare regulators in the UK

The nine UK healthcare regulators are under the direction of the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA), an independent organization that reports to the UK Parliament and works to advance public health and wellbeing.

Which are:

  1. General Medical Council
  2. Nursing and Midwifery Council
  3. General Dental Council
  4. General Pharmaceutical Council
  5. General Optical Council
  6. General Chiropractic Council
  7. General Osteopathic Council
  8. Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland
  9. Health and Care Professions Council

Are you planning or intending to Work in the UK as a healthcare provider? Here is how to register with HCPC and be licensed.

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