We are a regulator, and we were set up to protect the public. To do this, we keep a Register of health and care professionals who meet our standards for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health
We currently regulate the following professions: arts therapists, biomedical scientists, chiropodists / podiatrists, clinical scientists, dietitians, hearing aid dispensers, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, paramedics, physiotherapists, practitioner psychologists, prosthetists / orthotists, radiographers, social workers in England and speech and language therapists.
Each of the professions we regulate has one or more designated title, which is protected by law. These include titles like physiotherapist, and dietitian.
Anyone who uses one of these titles must be on our Register.
A person who is not registered and who misuses a designated title is breaking the law and may be prosecuted. Click here for more information about protected titles.
Our Council develops and monitors strategy and policy and consists of 12 members (made up of 6 registrant and 6 lay members), including the Chair. In addition, the HCPC runs committees which help the Council with its work.
If a registrant does not meet our standards, we can take action which might include stopping them from practising. This means that if you are unhappy with the care or services you are given, or worried about the behaviour or health of a registrant, you can always raise your concerns with us.
As an organisation, our aim is to make sure that we always provide the best quality of service for all our stakeholders. To help us achieve this aim our Quality System was set up. Our Quality Management System is registered with BSI to ISO 9001:2008
We also aim is to provide the best customer service we can for all our registrants; that is why your feedback, good or bad, is so important to us.
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Paula Clayton MSc Physiotherapy, MSc Sports Injury Management, FA. Dip. Mast. STT, MSMA (L5), MCSP, HCPC is a triple Olympic therapist who worked as a senior physical therapist for the English Institute of Sport and British Athletics between 2003 and 2014. She has traveled extensively to Olympic Games (Athens, Beijing, and London), Commonwealth Games, World and European Championships with GB track and field (British Athletics) as part of the medical team during this time. She is a member of the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), Sports Massage Association (Director; SMA), and the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Sports and Exercise Medicine.
Before 2003 Paula worked in Premiership and Championship football for 4 years. She has taught on two sports therapy degree programmes, delivered sessions to MSc students and sports medicine students, written a number of articles and has an MSc in Physiotherapy and an MSc in Sports Injury Management. Paula also delivers soft tissue master-classes to senior physiotherapists and soft tissue therapists within premiership and championship football clubs, National Governing Bodies and to soft tissue therapists nationally and internationally.
Paula is the author of a book entitled Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction and Piriformis Syndrome: The Complete Guide for Physical Therapists View on Amazon.
Paula also runs very successful sports injury clinics in Shropshire (established in 1994) and Worcestershire with her husband Rick.
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