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We currently regulate 16 health and care professions, click on each profession for more details:

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, speech and language therapists.

Arts therapists

An Arts Therapist is a psychological therapist who has arts-based experience plus training in psychological interventions using drama, music or art as their primary mode of communication.

Biomedical scientists

A biomedical scientist analyses specimens from patients to provide data to help doctors diagnose and treat disease.

Chiropodists / podiatrists

A chiropodist / podiatrist diagnoses and treats disorders, diseases and deformities of the feet.

Clinical scientists

A clinical scientist oversees specialist tests for diagnosing and managing disease. They advise doctors on tests and interpreting data and carry out research to understand diseases.


A dietitian uses the science of nutrition to devise eating plans for patients to treat medical conditions. They promote good health by helping to facilitate a positive change in food choices.

Hearing aid dispensers

Hearing aid dispensers work in private practice to assess, fit and provide aftercare for hearing aids.

Occupational therapists

An occupational therapist uses specific activities to limit the effects of disability and promote independence in all aspects of daily life.

Operating department practitioners

Operating department practitioners provide individualised care and skilled support alongside medical and nursing colleagues during the anaesthetic, surgical and recovery phases of a surgical


An orthoptist specialises in diagnosing and treating visual problems involving eye movement and alignment.


Paramedics provide specialist care and treatment to patients who are either acutely ill or injured. They can administer a range of drugs and carry out certain surgical techniques.


Physiotherapists deal with human function and movement and help people to achieve their full physical potential. They use physical approaches to promote, maintain and restore wellbeing.

Practitioner psychologists

Psychology is the scientific study of people, the mind and behaviour. Psychologists attempt to understand the role of mental functions in individual and social behaviour.

Prosthetists / orthotists

Prosthetists / orthotists supply prostheses and orthoses to patients. A prosthesis is a device that replaces a missing body part. An orthosis is fitted to an existing body part.


Therapeutic radiographers plan and deliver treatment using radiation.

Diagnostic radiographers produce and interpret high-quality images of the body to diagnose injuries and diseases.more


Social workers in England

The social work profession promotes social change, problem solving in human relationships and the empowerment and liberation of people to enhance well-being.

Speech and language therapists

A speech and language therapist assesses, treats and helps to prevent speech, language and swallowing difficulties.

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