Regulator: The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

The HCPC is the regulator of health and care professions in the UK.

They protect the public by regulating 15 health and care professions in the UK

To do this they:

CPD is linked to registration, so members need to meet their CPD standards to stay registered. There are five CPD standards:

A registrant must:

1. maintain a continuous, up-to-date and accurate record of their CPD activities;

2. demonstrate that their CPD activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice;

3. seek to ensure that their CPD has contributed to the quality of their practice and service delivery;

4. seek to ensure that their CPD benefits the service user; and

5. upon request, present a written profile (which must be their own work and supported by evidence) explaining how they have met the Standards for CPD.


The Council covers the following professions, which have their own professional bodies that provide support for CPD:

  • arts therapists
  • biomedical scientists
  • chiropodists/podiatrists
  • clinical scientists
  • dieticians
  • occupational therapists
  • operating department practitioners
  • orthoptists
  • paramedics
  • physiotherapists
  • prosthetists&orthotists
  • radiographers
  • social workers in England
  • speech & language therapists


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