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Letter: please use the right title when advising patients with foot problems

Let's avoid confusion over terminology when advising patients about chiropodists and podiatrists registration

It has come to our attention that there may be some confusion amongst some healthcare professionals over the correct terminology to use when advising patients about chiropodists and podiatrists registration.

All chiropodists and podiatrists are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and so the term ‘HCPC registered chiropodists/podiatrist’ should be used.

State registration of health and care professionals, including chiropodists and podiatrists, no longer exists. Using the expression ‘state registered’ should be avoided. ‘State registered’, sometimes abbreviated to ‘SR’, was the term used to describe professionals registered with the Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine which was abolished and replaced by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) on 1st April 2002. The term is now redundant and should no longer be used as this could cause confusion to patients in particular.

I hope this helps to clarify any misunderstanding. 

 

Sharon Gray

 

Professional and Private Practice Officer

The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists

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