The path to becoming an allied health professional is paved with dedication, hard work, and a vital milestone: securing your spot on the official healthcare register. This registration is not simply a badge of honour; it is the gateway to practicing your profession and ensuring the public's health and safety. 

This essential guide is crafted to explain the process of getting on the HCPC register for aspiring allied health professionals in the UK. We'll walk you through the ins and outs of the registration process to help you transition smoothly from student to skilled healthcare provider. 

What is the HCPC?

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is a regulatory body in the United Kingdom that oversees the standards and practices of various health and care professions. Established to protect the public, the HCPC ensures that professionals meet the required standards of training, professional skills, behaviour, and health. It covers a wide range of professions including, but not limited to, physiotherapists, radiographers, occupational therapists, and dieticians.

The HCPC also maintains a register of health and care professionals who have met the necessary standards to practice. This register stores the details of professionals who meet the required standards. It is publicly accessible, allowing employers, patients, and the public to verify the registration status of practitioners.

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What is the Registration Process?

As an allied health professional trained in the UK, here are the steps to take to get registered:

1. Determine Your Eligibility

Before starting the registration process, ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria set by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Typically, you must have completed an HCPC-approved programme relevant to your profession. These programmes provide the necessary training and skills to meet the standards of proficiency required by the HCPC.

2. Gather Necessary Documentation

3. Complete the Application Form

4. Pay the Registration Fee

A non-refundable registration fee is required to process your application. The registration fee is comprised of the application scrutiny fee and the fee for your first year of registration. The scrutiny fee is a one-off non-refundable payment of £81.45, which is the fee to process your application. It is a one-off payment that must be paid in full. HCPC’s registration cycles are made up of two 'professional years'. The fee for the full two-year registration cycle is £232.72, which is £116.36 per year. If you join the Register within the second year of your registration cycle, only one year will be payable.

5. Submit Your Application

Once your application form is complete and the fee is paid, submit your application through the HCPC portal. Ensure that all your supporting documents are included. The HCPC may contact you if additional information is required.

6. Undergo Verification and Assessment

After submission, your application will undergo a verification and assessment process. The HCPC will review your qualifications, professional experience, and other relevant factors to ensure you meet their standards. This process can take several weeks, so patience is necessary.

7. Await the Decision

The HCPC will notify you of their decision once the assessment is complete. If your application is successful, you will be added to the HCPC register, and you will receive confirmation of your registration. If there are issues with your application, the HCPC will provide guidance on the next steps or additional information required.

8. Maintain Your Registration

Note: If you are a Chiropodist/Podiatrist or a Hearing Aid Dispenser, you need to renew your registration by July 31, 2024. Additionally, Operating Department Practitioners must complete their renewal by November 2024.


Registering with the HCPC as an allied healthcare professional trained in the UK is a comprehensive process designed to ensure that only qualified and competent practitioners are allowed to practice. By following these steps diligently, you can successfully navigate the registration process and begin your professional career with confidence.

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is the regulatory body responsible for setting standards and regulating allied healthcare professionals (AHPs) in the United Kingdom. Established by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001, the HCPC oversees a wide range of professions within the health and care sectors, including social workers, paramedics, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and many others.

The primary role of the HCPC is to protect the public by ensuring that healthcare professionals meet and maintain high standards of conduct, performance, and ethics in their practice. It achieves this through the development and enforcement of regulatory standards, the registration of qualified professionals, the investigation of fitness to practice concerns, and ongoing monitoring of professional standards.

As part of its regulatory functions, the HCPC establishes clear guidelines and expectations for these professionals regarding their conduct, performance, and ethical behaviour. These standards serve as benchmarks for professional practice and are designed to promote safe, effective, and ethical care delivery to patients and service users.

In this blog, we will look into the HCPC's recently updated standards of conduct, performance, and ethics in healthcare practice, set to take effect from September 2024.

The HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics

The HCPC's (Health and Care Professions Council) Standards of Conduct, Performance, and Ethics are set out in general terms, including how registrants are expected to behave and what the public should expect from their health and care professionals. They are also used if someone raises a concern about a registrant’s practice. The standards of conduct, performance, and ethics are:

  1. Promote and protect the interests of service users and carers.

  2. Communicate appropriately and effectively.

  3. Work within the limits of your knowledge and skills.

  4. Delegate appropriately

  5. Respect confidentiality

  6. Manage risk

  7. Report concerns about safety.

  8. Be open when things go wrong.

  9. Be honest and trustworthy.

  10. Keep records of your work.

The Updated Standards

The key changes in the revised standards of conduct, performance, and ethics can be grouped into a number of themes, which are:

These detailed revisions reflect the evolving landscape of healthcare practice, underpinning your commitment to excellence. Ensure you stay current with professional guidelines by acquainting yourself with the updated Standards of Conduct, Performance, and Ethics available on the HCPC website. Additionally, the HCPC provides comprehensive guidance on the use of social media, helping you navigate online interactions with the same professionalism expected in your practice. 

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Embarking on a career in radiography is an exciting and rewarding journey, especially for those venturing into the vibrant healthcare landscape of the United Kingdom. As an international radiographer, your path involves not only mastering the intricacies of your profession but also navigating the regulatory requirements essential for practice. The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) plays a pivotal role in ensuring the highest standards in healthcare practice in the United Kingdom.

In this guide, we will delve into the process of HCPC registration, offering valuable insights and step-by-step guidance for international radiographers aspiring to contribute their skills to the dynamic healthcare system of the UK.

Whether you're a seasoned professional or a newcomer to the field, join us on this informative journey as we explore the key aspects of HCPC registration for international radiographers.

HCPC Registration 

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is the regulatory body for allied health professionals (AHPs) in the UK, including radiographers. Its primary role is to protect the public by setting and maintaining standards of proficiency, conduct, and ethics for those in the healthcare profession. If you're a radiographer qualified outside of the UK and you've just moved here, you'll need to apply for registration with the HCPC to be able to practice. To do this, you'll need to meet certain requirements:

  1. Educational Qualifications: You must hold a recognised qualification in radiography from an accredited institution. This typically includes a degree or diploma in radiography.
  2. Clinical Experience: You may need to demonstrate a certain level of clinical experience in radiography. This experience is usually gained through previous employment as a radiographer or through clinical placements during your education.
  3. English Language Proficiency: Since effective communication is crucial in healthcare settings, you may be required to prove your proficiency in the English language. This can usually be done by passing an English language proficiency test, such as the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Occupational English Test (OET).
  4. Criminal Record Check: As part of the registration process, you will need to undergo a criminal record check, also known as a DBS check. This check is necessary to verify that you do not have any convictions or cautions that could hinder your ability to work in the profession.

The Application Process for Internationally Trained Radiographers

To initiate the registration process, start by visiting the official HCPC website and accessing the online application form through the international route. Before proceeding, familiarise yourself with the standards of proficiency, conduct, performance, ethics, and standards for continuing professional development necessary for registration. As part of the application, you'll need to gather and submit various supporting documents, including proof of address, certified copies of academic transcripts, professional references, etc.

Once your application is submitted, the HCPC will meticulously assess your qualifications and experience to ascertain whether they align with the necessary standards for registration as a radiographer in the UK. If your application meets all the requirements and is approved, you'll be granted registration as a radiographer, granting you legal authorization to practice radiography in the UK.

Please be aware that there is a scrutiny fee required for processing your application, and the processing time usually takes between 6 and 8 weeks from the date of submission. Additionally, remember that registration must be renewed every two years by making a professional declaration and paying a renewal fee.

Furthermore, maintaining your registration status requires active engagement in continuing professional development activities. This may involve attending training courses, workshops, conferences, or pursuing further education opportunities aimed at enhancing your skills and knowledge in radiography.

Once granted registration, you gain the credibility and recognition needed to practice radiography professionally in the UK, unlocking numerous career opportunities across diverse healthcare settings. HCPC registration underscores your dedication to maintaining the highest standards of proficiency, conduct, and ethics, bolstering your professional reputation, and earning the trust of both colleagues and patients.


Getting registered with HCPC is very important for international radiographers who want to work in the UK. This guide explains all the steps you need to follow and the stuff you need to do, like proving you're qualified and passing a background check. Once you're registered, it shows you're committed to being a top-notch radiographer and keeping patients safe. So, by following these steps carefully, you can become an important part of healthcare in the UK and make a real difference.

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