Health and Social Care Professionals Council (CORU)

The Health and Social Care Professionals Council (CORU) is an independent regulator established to protect the public by promoting high standards of professional conduct and professional education, training and competence amongst registrants of the 14 designated health and social care professions.

  • Clinical Biochemist
  • Dietitian
  • Dispensing Optician
  • Medical Scientist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Optometrist
  • Orthoptist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Podiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Radiographer
  • Social Care Worker
  • Social Worker
  • Speech and Language Therapist

The Council, its disciplinary committees and the registration boards (known under the umbrella name CORU) were established under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005.

The Council’s role is to establish the corporate requirements for the organisation; to oversee and co-ordinate the registration boards and to deal with complaints against registrants of the professions, through managing the Act’s ‘Fitness to Practise’ provisions that are similar to those applying to medical practitioners, nurses and midwives.

The 2005 Act is being implemented on a phased basis as registration boards and their registers are being established. Registration boards for the professions of dietitian, occupational therapist, physiotherapist, radiographer, optometrist, dispensing optician, social worker, social care worker and speech and language therapist are currently operating. It is proposed to establish the boards for the remaining 5 designated professions in 2016 and 2017.

Current Board membership