We currently regulate 16 health and care professions:
Below is a list of the professions we regulate and their corresponding protected titles.
The titles below are protected by law. Anyone using one of these titles must be registered with us, or they may be subject to prosecution and a fine.
An Arts therapist is a psychological therapist who has arts-based experience plus training in psychological interventions using drama, music or art as their primary mode of communication.
A biomedical scientist analyses specimens from patients to provide data to help doctors diagnose and treat disease.
Chiropodists / podiatrists
A chiropodist / podiatrist diagnoses and treats disorders, diseases and deformities of the feet.
A clinical scientist oversees specialist tests for diagnosing and managing disease. They advise doctors on tests and interpreting data and carry out research to understand diseases.
A dietitian uses the science of nutrition to devise eating plans for patients to treat medical conditions. They promote good health by helping to facilitate a positive change in food choices.
Hearing aid dispensers
Hearing aid dispensers work in private practice to assess, fit and provide aftercare for hearing aids.
An occupational therapist uses specific activities to limit the effects of disability and promote independence in all aspects of daily life.
Operating department practitioners
Operating department practitioners participate in the assessment of the patient prior to surgery and provide individualised care.
An orthoptist specialises in diagnosing and treating visual problems involving eye movement and alignment.
Paramedics provide specialist care and treatment to patients who are either acutely ill or injured. They can administer a range of drugs and carry out certain surgical techniques.
Physiotherapists deal with human function and movement and help people to achieve their full physical potential. They use physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore wellbeing.
Psychology is the scientific study of people, the mind and behaviour. Psychologists attempt to understand the role of mental functions in individual and social behaviour.
Prosthetists / orthotists
Prosthetists / orthotists supply prostheses and orthoses to patients. A prosthesis is a device that replaces a missing body part. An orthosis is fitted to an existing body part.
Therapeutic radiographers plan and deliver treatment using radiation. Diagnostic radiographers produce and interpret high-quality images of the body to diagnose injuries and diseases.
Social workers in England
The social work profession promotes social change, problem solving in human relationships and the empowerment and liberation of people to enhance well-being.
Speech and language therapists
A speech and language therapist assesses, treats and helps to prevent speech, language and swallowing difficulties.