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The Health Professions Council (HPC) has been set up in the UK to help protect the general public when seeking advice and treatment from a health professional.
The HPC, as it is also known, is a regulator of health professionals. They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards for training, skills, behaviour and health in the area of medicine or health care the health professional practices in.
The HPC regulates fifteen health 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, and speech and language therapists.
These professions all possess at least one ‘professional’ title which is protected by law, this means that anyone who uses one of these titles must be registered with the HPC. It is a criminal offence in the UK for someone to claim they are registered with the HPC when they are not, and they can be prosecuted by the HPC if this happens.
Clubs & Societies
Some health professions also have an additional society which health professionals may be a member of, in Podiatry and Chiropody this is the Society of Chiropodist and Podiatrists.
Those wishing to join this society need to be HPC registered before applying. This ensures all professionals are already vetted and are qualified to work under the title of Podiatrist or Chiropodist in the UK.
To check whether a Podiatrist or Chiropodist (or other health professional) is registered with the HPC, you can ask for their registered number and search for them online here: http://www.hpc-uk.org/
If you have any doubts about your health professional, it is definitely worth checking up before you begin treatment.
Information sourced from The HPC Website.