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) (pdf).
Professions currently regulated by CORU
CORU establishes and maintains a register for each of the professions that are under its remit. If you are a member of any of these professions, you are required to register with CORU when your register is 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
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 happened 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.