The Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) is the body that regulates practitioner Psychologists. This means that the HCPC:

  • Set standards for practitioner psychologists’ education, training and practice
  • Approve programmes which practitioner psychologists must meet to be able to register with them
  • Keep a register of practitioner psychologists who meet their standards
  • Take action if practitioner psychologists on the register do not meet their standards

The HCPC standards can be accessed by clicking this link Standards | (

Protected titles are titles where it is a legal requirement to be registered with the HCPC in order to use them. With regard to psychological professions the protected titles are as follows:

  • Practitioner Psychologist
  • Registered Psychologist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Counselling Psychologist
  • Health Psychologist
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Occupational Psychologist
  • Sport and exercise Psychologist

Anyone not on the HCPC Register who uses a protected title may be breaking the law and could be prosecuted

It is also a condition of employment in Mersey Care that if you are employed as one of the above, you must maintain your HCPC registration. A copy of the Standard Operating Procedure outlining what should happen if someone employed in a protected title role is not currently registered with the HCPC can be found at this link.