The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is a multi-professional regulator and its role is to protect the public. Each of the professions we regulate has one or more ‘designated’ titles which are protected by law. Our Register is a list of professionals (who are called ‘registrants’), which anyone can check to make sure their health or care professional meets our standards and can practise safely and effectively.
We currently regulate the following 16 professions.
• Arts therapists
• Biomedical scientists
• Chiropodists / podiatrists
• Clinical scientists
• Hearing aid dispensers
• Occupational therapists
• Operating department practitioners
• Practitioner psychologists
• Prosthetists / orthotists
• Social workers in England
• Speech and language therapists
How we regulate
Our governing legislation requires us to keep a register of professionals; approve programmes which professionals must complete before they can register with us; and take action when professionals on our Register do not meet our standards. We do this by setting standards for the education and training, professional knowledge, skills, conduct, performance and ethics for the professions we regulate.