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Profession Regulation

The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (the Authority) is an independent organisation accountable to the UK Parliament, which helps to protect the public by improving regulation and registration of people who work in health and care.

The Authority:

  • reviews the work of the regulators that access the professionals ‘fitness to practice’ process and decisions
  • accredits organisations that register professionals practicing within unregulated occupations
  • provides policy advice and encourages research to improve regulation

The Authority oversees 10 health and social care statutory bodies across the United Kingdom and Isle of Man that register health and care professionals working in occupations that must be regulated.

There are a further 3 Social Care and Social Work regulated statutory bodies for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, which do not report directly into the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.

The regulators

Approximately 1.2 million health professionals working in the health and care sectors, must, by law, be registered with a regulator in order to practise. A professional can be removed at any time from a regulators register, to prevent them from practising when it is considered to be in the best interest of the public.

The regulators:

  • set the standards of behaviour, competence and education that health care professionals must meet
  • keep registers of health professionals ‘fitness to practise’
  • deal with concerns raised by a patient, member of public or another health or social care practitioner regarding a specific health and social care worker

If you want to check that your health and social care professional is registered, or wish to raise a concern, visit the appropriate statutory body website or contact the regulator directly.

Regulated health and social work professionals

  • Chiropractors
  • Dentists and the dental team
  • Doctors, Surgeons and Psychiatrists
  • Health and Care Professions including Psychologists, Paramedics, Radiologists and Occupational Therapists
  • Nurses, Midwives (and Nursing Associates in England only)
  • Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians
  • Osteopaths
  • Pharmacists
  • Social Workers

Health regulators across the United Kingdom

General Chiropractic Council (GCC)

  • Chiropractors

Telephone: 020 7713 5155

General Dental Council (GDC)

  • Dentists                                    
  • Dental Nurses                           
  • Dental Technicians
  • Dental hygienists                       
  • Dental Therapists                      
  • Clinical Dental Technicians
  • Orthodontic Therapists

Telephone: 0161 923 6602
Online Contact Form

General Medical Council (GMC)

  • Doctors                                    
  • Psychiatrists                              
  • Surgeons

Telephone: 0161 923 6602

Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)

  • Arts therapists                           
  • Biomedical scientists                  
  • Chiropodists/podiatrists
  • Clinical scientists                        
  • Dietitians                                  
  • Hearing aid dispensers
  • Occupational therapists              
  • Orthoptists                                
  • Paramedics
  • Physiotherapists                        
  • Practitioner psychologists            
  • Prosthetists/Orthotists
  • Radiographers                           
  • Speech and language therapists
  • Operating department practitioners

Telephone: 0300 500 6184
Email: Customer Service

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

  • Nurses                                     
  • Midwives                                  
  • Nursing Associates in England
  • Community Public Health Nurses

Telephone: 020 7681 5830
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General Optical Council (GOC)

  • Optometrists                             
  • Dispensing opticians                   
  • Student opticians
  • Optical businesses

Telephone: 020 7580 3839

General Osteopathic Council (GOsC)

  • Osteopaths

Telephone: 020 7357 6655

General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)

  • Pharmacists                              
  • Pharmacy Technicians                
  • Pharmacy Premises

Telephone: 020 3713 8000

Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI)

  • Pharmacists                              
  • Pharmacy Premises

Telephone: 028 9032 6927

Social Work regulators across the United Kingdom

Social Work England

  • Social Workers (Isle of Man and England)

Telephone: 0808 196 2274

Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)

  • Social Workers (Scotland)

Telephone: 020 7713 5155
Online Contact Form

Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC)

  • Social Workers (Northern Ireland)

Telephone: 028 9536 2600

Social Care Wales (SCW)

  • Social Workers (Wales)

Telephone: 0300 30 33 444

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