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​Who are the healthcare professional registration bodies?

By Gemma Raw

For many health sector jobs, you must be registered with certain professional bodies, as well as having relevant qualifications. We can help with advice on required registrations and on registration procedures for both UK-qualified practitioners and those who qualified outside the UK.

Here are some of the key registrations necessary, categorised by role:

Mental Health

Psychiatrists

To practise psychiatry in the UK, you must be licensed and registered with the General Medical Council and be a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Clinical psychiatrists must also be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Psychologists

Anyone wishing to practise as a psychologist in the UK must register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). There are also other professional organisations you can join voluntarily, including the British Psychological Society.

RMNs, RNLDs and CPNs

You must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). If you qualified in the UK, you will receive automatic registration on completion of the application form and payment of the appropriate fee. Nurses who qualified outside of the UK are individually assessed for registration. Find out more here.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapists

The British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) is the leading UK professional body for CBT practitioners.

Allied Health

Occupational Therapists

Anyone looking for work as an occupational therapist must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Physiotherapists

Practising physiotherapists must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). In addition, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy offers chartered status for qualified physiotherapists, with full and associate memberships available.

Speech and Language Therapists

Speech and language therapists must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) is the professional body for speech and language therapists in the UK, providing leadership and setting professional standards.

Dietitians

Practising dietitians must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The British Dietetic Association (BDA) is a trade union and professional body representing the professional, educational, public and workplace interests of members.

Health Science Services

Biomedical Scientists

Biomedical scientists must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You can also become a member of the Institute of Biomedical Science, which is the UK professional body for biomedical scientists.

Clinical Scientists

To practise as a clinical scientist in the UK, you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The Association of Clinical Scientistsassesses trainees as a preliminary to registration with HCPC.

Medical Lab Assistants

Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is not essential to work as a medical lab assistant. However, many employers insist on candidates being registered.

Imaging

Radiographers, Mammographers, Sonographers and Nuclear Medicine Technologists

Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is mandatory for anyone wishing to work in any of these roles in the UK. The Society and College of Radiographers is a trade union and professional body representing the professional, educational, public and workplace interests of members.

Radiologists

To practise as a clinical radiologist in the UK, you must be licensed and registered with the General Medical Council and be a member of the Royal College of Radiologists.

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