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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.

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.

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Clinical psychologist
Counselling psychologist
Educational psychologist
Forensic psychologist
Health psychologist
Occupational psychologist
Practitioner psychologist
Registered psychologist
Sport and exercise psychologist

The profession of psychology is divided into seven areas or ‘domains’ of practice. The domains that will be regulated are:


Clinical psychologists
Counselling psychologists
Educational psychologists
Forensic psychologists
Health psychologists
Occupational psychologists
Sport and exercise psychologists

Number of registrants: 19,919 (03/04/14)

Professional bodies:

Each of the professions regulated by us has at least one professional body and / or association. These organisations do work which may include promoting the profession, representing members, curriculum frameworks, post registration education and training and continuing professional development. Whilst these organisations are separate from the HCPC, their role may be complementary to ours, which is why we have provided their contact details below:

British Psychological Society (BPS)

Association of Educational Psychologists

Current renewal start date: 01 June 2013

Current renewal end date: 31 May 2015

Next renewal start date: 01 June 2015

Next renewal end date: 31 May 2017

Related Documents:

Standards of proficiency - Practitioner psychologists
Adobe PDF Document 164kb

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Professions currently renewing

- 30 April 2014

Arts therapists
- 31 May 2014

- 30 June 2014

Download the renewal poster to see upcoming renewal dates for all professions.

In order to remain registered with us, registrants must continue to meet the standards that we set for your profession. Click here for more information.

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HCPC standards of conduct, performance and ethics
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HCPC Your guide to our standards of continuing professional development
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