Registration of health and social care professionals
CORU is the regulator for health workers 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.
Changes announced in June 2023
The Social Care Workers register will open on 30 November 2023 with Social Care Workers to be protected by November 2025. This page will be updated at that time.
Professions currently regulated by CORU
CORU keeps a register for each of the professions that are under its remit. If you are working in any of these professions, you must register with CORU when your register is open.
The following are the registers that are currently open:
- Dispensing opticians
- Medical scientists
- Occupational therapists
- Physical Therapists
- Radiographers/radiation therapists
- Social workers
- Speech and language therapists
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.
You can check the Register for a profession to see if a particular professional is registered with CORU.
Professions due to be regulated by CORU
The system of statutory registration will eventually apply to the following health and social care professions, regardless of whether they work in the public or private sector or are self-employed:
- Clinical biochemists
- Social care workers (will open in November 2023)
Making a complaint
You can complain to CORU about the fitness to practise 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 happened since 31 December 2014, when it started accepting complaints.
If you want to make a complaint about a registered practitioner, complete CORU’s Fitness to Practise Complaint Form.
The Fitness to Practise complaint form, and further information on the complaints process, is available on the CORU website.
The Regulated Professions (Health and Social Care) (Amendment) Act 2020 introduced changes to the complaint system and added another ground for complaint. You can read more on the CORU website.