The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is a regulatory body set up under the authority of Parliament to protect the public. It does this by maintaining a register for certain healthcare professions.
It is a requirement for healthcare professionals working in these roles to be registered with the HCPC. They must meet the HCPC's standards for training, professional skills, behaviour and health.
Students who successfully complete programmes which are approved by the HCPC, are automatically eligible for registration. Once registered, practitioners are required to retain their names on the register, by paying an annual retention fee.
All applicants qualified outside the UK should apply for registration well in advance of the date on which they wish registration to begin. A complete application can take several weeks. However, if information or documentation is missing, processing can take months.
Health and Care Professions Council
184 Kennington Park Road
Tel: 0845 3004 472
Fax: 020 7840 9801