People living dementia and their families and carers come into contact with health and care professionals on a regular basis. Using a professional regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) gives you confidence that they meet our standards. The HCPC is a regulator, set up to protect the public. To do this, we keep a Register of health and care professionals who meet our standards for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health.
We currently regulate the following professions: arts therapists, biomedical scientists, chiropodists / podiatrists, clinical scientists, dietitians, hearing aid dispensers, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, paramedics, physiotherapists, practitioner psychologists, prosthetists / orthotists, radiographers, social workers in England and speech and language therapists.
Five things you need to know about the HCPC.
- We are a UK-wide statutory regulator of over 350,000 health and care professionals from 16 professions. In Scotland, we regulate more than 21,000 professionals. Professionals on our Register are called registrants.
- In order to remain registered with us, registrants must continue to meet the standards that we set for their profession. These standards are how a registrant’s ‘fitness to practise’ is determined.
- Our standards of conduct, performance and ethics are the threshold behavioural standards we expect of professionals on our Register. They were recently revised to make explicit the need to be open and honest when things go wrong, and particularly the need for an apology.
- If a registrant does not meet our standards, we can take action which might include stopping them from practising. This means that if you are unhappy with the care or services you are given, or worried about the behaviour or health of a registrant, you can always raise your concerns with us.
- We utilise a number of ‘HCPC partners’ to allow us to carry out our regulatory functions. These can be registrants, members of the public or legal professionals. They help us in a variety of areas ranging from assessing certain applications to join our Register to sitting and assisting on fitness to practise panels.
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Jonathan Jones: Stakeholder Communications Manager
Jonathan leads on stakeholder engagement activity across the UK. A requirement to engage and communicate with our stakeholders is set out in our legislation and in our organisational strategy. Our work includes monitoring legislative developments, working with employers of HCPC registered professionals and communicating our standards to our registrants, service users, carers and their families.