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The Health Professions Council (HPC) is a UK health regulator and professional licensing body. It was created by the Health Professions Order 2001 to protect the public by setting and maintaining standards for the professions it regulates. It currently regulates thirteen professions, and may regulate other professions in the future.

To protect the public, the HPC

  • sets professional standards for health professionals
  • approves courses and education
  • keeps a register of health professionals
  • takes action to monitor the professional competence and when health professionals do not meet its standards, which may include striking them off

Professions regulated by the HPCEdit

Protected titlesEdit

The legislation proposes to regulate nine titles by law, seven of which refer to domains of practice: Clinical Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist, Forensic Psychologist, Educational Psychologist, Occupational Psychologist; Health Psychologist, Sport and Exercise Psychologist, and a further two being umbrella titles ‘Registered Psychologist’ and ‘Practitioner Psychologist’, which can be used by all psychologists on the HPC Register.


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