What is it and what does it mean?
The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is the body that protects the public by regulating 15 health and care professions including Podiatry.
set standards for professionals' education and training and practice
keep a register of professionals, known as 'registrants', who meet their standards; and
take action if professionals on their Register do not meet these standards
It is the responsibility of each individual Podiatrist to maintain their HCPC registration, you can check the register here https://www.hcpc-uk.org.
The titles of Chiropodist and Podiatrist are protected, this means that it is illegal to use these titles unless you have qualified as a degree holding Podiatrist.
COLLEGE OF PODIATRY
Accredited Practice of the College of Podiatry
At Stride Clinic, all our Podiatrists are members of the College of Podiatry which is the premier podiatry organisation in the United Kingdom. All the College’s members in professional practice are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. You can check this out here https://cop.org.uk/find-a-podiatrist
The College promotes guidelines and standards of practice that are evidence-based and ensure the safety of patients and clinical effectiveness, with a focus on outcomes. It promotes the highest professional values, practice and standards, as well as enhanced public awareness of good lower-limb health. And provides members with guidelines and standards relating to patient care which must be adhered to in order to comply with membership requirements. Their policies are informed with the support of the United Kingdom’s most prominent podiatrists, scientists, and researchers and they seek to develop enhanced relationships with suppliers of podiatry products.
Stride Clinic is an Accredited Practice, this means that we have achieved a high standard of care to patients, follow best practice and ensure the correct protocols and procedures are followed to practice safely and effectively within the profession of Podiatry.