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Appendix 1

Appendix 1

UK Health Professional Regulatory Bodies


There are nine health professional regulatory bodies in the UK set up to protect and promote the safety of the public. They do this by:


    • setting the standards of behaviour, competence and education that health professionals must meet;


    • dealing with concerns from patients, the public and others about health professionals who are unfit to practise because of poor health, misconduct or poor performance;


    • keeping registers of health professionals who are fit to practise in the UK;


    • the regulators can remove professionals from their registers and prevent them from practising if they consider this to be in the best interests of the public.


These bodies are overseen by the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence.


The nine health professional regulatory bodies are below. For more information see:


General Chiropractic Council (GCC)


    • Chiropractors


General Dental Council (GDC)


    • Dentists


    • Dental nurses


    • Dental technicians


    • Dental hygienists


    • Dental therapists


    • Clinical dental technicians


    • Orthodontic therapists


General Medical Council (GMC)


    • Doctors


General Optical Council (GOC)


    • Optometrists


    • Dispensing opticians


    • Student opticians


    • Optical businesses


General Osteopathic Council (GOsC)


    • Osteopaths


General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)


    • Pharmacists


Health Professions Council (HPC)


    • Arts therapists


    • Biomedical scientists


    • Chiropodists/podiatrists


    • Clinical scientists


    • Dieticians


    • Hearing aid dispensers


    • Occupational therapists


    • Operating department practitioners


    • Orthoptists


    • Paramedics


    • Physiotherapists


    • Practitioner psychologists


    • Prosthetists/orthotists


    • Radiographers


    • Speech and language therapists


Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)


    • Nurses


    • Midwives


Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI)


  • Pharmacists

Law, regulations and policies can change quickly. The information on our website is given in good faith and has been carefully checked but QMUL cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions. QMUL is not responsible for the content or reliability of the linked websites which are provided for further information.

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