Registration…Big Brother is Watching Us.

The blog this week I thought it would be good to talk briefly about registration and regulation of the profession of chiropractic and chiropractors.

London - Houses of Parliament

Government legislation dictates that standards of chiropractic education and care must be overseen by a governing body the General Chiropractic Council (GCC).

 

Firstly let’s just state for the record that if you are considering having a consultation or treatment with  a chiropractor you must make sure that the person you are seeing is registered with the respective government body. For chiropractors in the UK the government body will be the General Chiropractic Council (GCC). Why is this so important?

The General Chiropractic Council is a UK statutory regulatory body that is responsible to government for maintaining and setting new standards for the code of practice and standards of proficiency that chiropractors’ must meet. It is a means for regulating the profession, making sure standards are adhered to that ultimately leads to protection of the public. The council is not funded by the tax payer but by annual fees that are charged to each chiropractor every year. To give you an example of how the General Chiropractic Council protects the public they have a law that anyone who wishes to call themselves a chiropractor must be register with the Chiropractic Council each year, and the chiropractor must have attended a recognised educational institution and obtained the appropriate degree to practice. Notwithstanding, in order to keep their practicing registration status each year every chiropractor must complete at least thirty hours of continued professional development  (CPD) of which at least fifteen hours should be attended with other professionals in appropriate seminars. By placing this piece of legislation into the annual practicing retention scheme it ensures that chiropractors are regularly updating their knowledge and skills – and that can only be a good thing for the public.

So the next time you look in a phone book or look up ‘chiropractor’ on an internet search engine make sure they are registered – for your own piece on mind. Registered chiropractors can be found here.