The Health Professions Council (HPC) has now changed its name to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
This change is influenced by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 which now regulates Social Workers in England and is designed to reflect the range of professions the council represent which includes both health and social care professions.
What is the Health and Care Professions Council?
The HCPC regulates health and care professionals in the UK and was set up to protect the public. They only register professionals who meet exacting training standards, professional skills and behaviour. They can take action against health professionals who fall below these standards. We can also prosecute those who pretend to be registered.
What does this mean for patients?
This means that professionals registered with the HCPC are genuine and meet national standards. This offers you protection if professionals fail to meet these standards. You can also check with the HCPC that a professional is registered.
You may see these health professions in an NHS clinic, privately, at home, in hospital or at school.
The main functions of the HCPC:
To protect the public, they:
- set standards for registrants' education and training, professional skills, conduct, performance and ethics;
- keep a register of professionals who meet those standards;
- approve programmes which professionals must complete to register with us; and
- take action when professionals on our Register do not meet our standards.
Each of the professions that they regulate has one or more 'protected titles'. Only those on the Register can legally use one of these titles.