Registration of health and social care professionals
To respond to COVID-19, a temporary registration process has been put in place for health and social care professionals who have been registered previously. Temporary registration does not require the payment of a fee and will end on 31 December 2020. Read more about temporary registration on the CORU website.
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) (pdf).
The system of statutory registration will eventually apply to all the following health and social care professions, regardless of whether they work in the public or private sector or are self-employed:
- Clinical biochemists
- Dispensing opticians
- Medical scientists
- Occupational therapists
- Physical therapists
- Radiation therapists
- Social care workers
- Social workers
- Speech and language therapists
The following are the registers that are currently open: registers for dietitians, dispensing opticians, medical scientists, occupational therapists, optometrists, physiotherapists, radiographers/radiation therapists, social workers, and 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.
Complaints – fitness to practise
CORU handles complaints 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 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.
The Fitness to Practise complaint form, and further information on the complaints process, is available on the CORU website.
If you wish to make a complaint against a Health and Social Care Professional who is not registered with CORU see healthcomplaints.ie.