Certain healthcare professionals in the UK legally require registration with the HCPC. If you’re looking into what will be involved with your HCPC registration, our article summarises everything you need to know about the process ahead of you.
We have outlined the following areas to support you with your HCPC registration:
We hope that with our helpful information and support, your HCPC registration will be simple and straightforward for you to complete.
What is the HCPC?
The HCPC is short for the Health and Care Professions Council, an organisation that regulates 15 professions in health and care. They protect service users by setting industry standards for safe and effective practice. This incorporates education, training, and working methods for those healthcare professionals.
What is the HCPC register?
The HCPC register contains the names, registration statuses, registration numbers, and approximate locations of all registered healthcare professionals.
Anyone can view the HCPC registration of a healthcare professional operating within the 15 vocational areas. People can be searched for directly within the register in order to check their current professional status. This can be done by entering their surname or registration number along with their profession. It allows employers and members of the public to verify that workers are operating to the required standards.
Here are the roles that require HCPC registration, many of which we recruit for at Maxxima:
Chiropodists and podiatrists
Operating department practitioners
Prosthetists and orthotists
How to complete your HCPC registration
Before you carry out your HCPC registration, you’ll need to check that you’re eligible. You can do this through the HCPC website. Following this, you can proceed with your application on the site before paying your HCPC registration fees upon acceptance.
So that you can get started, we’ve broken down the key information you’ll need to know about getting HCPC registered.
HCPC registration requirements
First, you’ll need to sign up for an account on the HCPC website. You can then create your application and start entering all your details. Make sure you use a personal email address that you’ll always have access to (rather than a university address, for example).
The guidelines for completing your HCPC registration will depend on where you qualified. The requirements for healthcare professionals trained in the UK differ from those who have trained abroad.
If you trained in the UK, you select the UK application form and follow the instructions
If you trained abroad, you would follow the HCPC’s international application route
UK HCPC registration - application sections to complete
Once you’ve signed up for an account and created an application, you’ll need to follow these steps to complete your application form:
Review and complete the ‘Before we begin’ section
Within this section, you’ll be presented with your automatically generated application number. You’ll also be asked whether you’ve previously applied for registration and to confirm you’ve read the initial declarations. If your role entails one or more modalities, add them under ‘Profession, modality and specialism’.
Section 1 - Your details
In this section, you’ll be asked to provide information about your identity, skills, and experience. You’ll also need to provide documents that confirm the following:
Proof of identity
Proof of address
Section 2 - Character and health declarations, vetting, and barring
In the character declarations section, you’ll be asked to provide details of any convictions or police cautions. In the vetting and barring section area, you’ll need to state whether you’ve been barred from working with children or vulnerable adults.
You’ll also be asked to state whether any health conditions would impact safe practice for you.
Section 3 – Education and training
This is where you should supply the details of your qualifications. This includes what you studied, where, and when. You’ll be asked for additional documentation if you meet certain conditions (for which we have included more detail below).
Section 4 – Practice outside of the United Kingdom (if applicable)
If this is relevant to you, you’ll need to provide details of any employers outside the UK. You’ll also need to provide details of any relevant regulatory bodies or similar organisations. These details allow the HCPC to contact non-UK employers to verify your details.
Section 5 – Final declarations
Here, you’ll be asked to confirm statements around the following areas:
Standards of conduct, performance and ethics
Professional indemnity requirements
Data protection policy and privacy notice
How we use the information you provide
Health Professions Order 2001
After you’ve completed the application form, you’ll be taken to an equality monitoring questionnaire and asked for some personal details, which will not affect your application.
International HCPC registration - application sections to complete
For those trained outside of the UK, the stages after you’ve signed up for an account will be as follows:
‘Before we begin’
This will look the same as for UK applications, with the additional requirement to provide the following:
Details around refugee status, humanitarian status, or Swiss Mutual Recognition (SMR) applications, if applicable
You’ll need to complete a paper application form if any of the above apply.
Section 1 – Your details
Within this section, you will follow the same steps as those outlined for UK applicants above.
Section 2 – Your qualification
This is where you should supply the details of your degree, diploma, and any other training relevant to your application, which qualifies you for practice outside the UK. You’ll also need to provide a Course Information Form, which can be downloaded from the HCPC website and needs to be completed by your training institution.
Section 3 – Professional experience
You’ll need to provide the details of work you’ve carried out, in chronological order, along with contact information for your former employer, with whom your details will be verified. You will also have to provide supporting professional references. Finally, you’ll have to upload at least one document as evidence of your professional experience.
Section 4 – Professional registration and membership
Here, you’ll need to provide details of your membership with any professional associations or regulatory bodies outside the UK.
Section 5 – English language proficiency
Within this section, you’ll need to do the following to show that you can communicate in English to the required standard:
Declare whether English is your first language
If it isn’t, provide a language test certificate equivalent to IELTS level 7.0
Section 6 – Declarations
You’ll be asked to complete declarations around:
Vetting and barring
Health and disability
Background checks will then be conducted to verify all the information you provide.
Qualifications needed for your HCPC registration
For UK applicants, the HCPC-approved qualification list will determine your eligibility for HCPC registration. You can search this list within the website by entering your profession and education provider.
Again, for UK applicants only, there will be a slightly different process to follow if your qualification is from a historical programme (which you can check by searching the HCPC database):
In the education and training section, you can manually enter your education provider; we’ve expanded on the certificates you must provide to prove your qualifications below.
Your education provider will be asked to verify your qualification from their institution.
For international applicants, you’ll need to provide details of your qualifications in the supplied Course