The list of accredited registers is managed by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
The accredited registers work alongside employers, commissioners, local authorities, patient and consumer protection agencies as part of a quality assurance network. They set the same level of standards for practitioners working in unregulated health and care occupations as those on statutory regulated professions.
Seeking health care professionals that are on an accredited register can offer piece of mind to employers, the public and patients, that they are competent, trustworthy and are committed to achieving high standards of personal behavior, technical competence and, where relevant, business practice. It also offers a means to take action, if there is any cause to raise concerns about a registrant's fitness to practise.
The list of accredited bodies can be found on the PSA's website.
For those professions that are required to register a regulatory body by law, please see our statutory regulation section.
Encouraging individuals to join an accredited register
While it is not compulsory for unregulated practitioners to go on an accredited register, employers may wish to consider profiling the benefits of being part of an accredited register as part of their recruitment process because of the added levels of assurances it can bring.
Where requiring individuals to be part of an accredited register, employers must ensure that job adverts and personal specifications are updated to include reference to all the registers that are relevant to that profession to ensure they do not inadvertently restrict or prevent individuals from being considered for the role.
Visit our accredited registers - top tips section for guidelines on how to ensure you are registered to receive updates on newly accredited bodies.