Registration of health and social care professionals
CORU is the regulator for health and social care professionals. Its role is to protect the public by promoting high standards of professional conduct, education, training and competence through statutory registration of health and social care professionals. It was set up under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005, (as amended).
The system of statutory registration will apply to the following 12 health and social care professions, regardless of whether they work in the public or private sector or are self-employed:
- Clinical biochemists
- Medical scientists
- Occupational therapists
- Social care workers
- Social workers
- Speech and language therapists
The registers for dietitians, occupational therapists, optometrists/dispensing opticians, physiotherapists, radiographers/radiation therapists, social workers, and speech and language therapists are open. Once a register opens, there is a two-year transitional period after which only professionals on the Register are legally allowed to use the professional title.
Complaints – Fitness to Practise
CORU handles complaints about the fitness to practice of registered health and social care professionals. This may include, for example, complaints of professional misconduct or poor professional performance.
CORU can only look into events that have occurred since 31 December 2014, when it started accepting complaints.
To make a complaint about a registered practitioner, complete CORU’s Fitness to Practise complaint form.
Further information on the Fitness to Practise complaints process is available on the CORU website and there is a CORU Guide to Fitness to Practise (pdf).
If you wish to make a complaint against a Health and Social Care Professional who is not registered with CORU see healthcomplaints.ie.