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Information for visitors and employers


What is temporary registration?

Temporary registration is another term used for temporary provision of services. Temporary registration is not a form of full registration with the HCPC, it does not lead to full registration and does not give rights to use one of the titles which are protected by law in the UK.

What is the difference between the temporary provision of services and full-HCPC registration?

Making a declaration as a visitor is significantly different from seeking full registration in the UK. So called ‘temporary registration’ is not a form of full registration and does not lead to it. A visitor is someone who does not wish to be established in their profession in the UK but has declared they intend to provide services in the UK on a temporary and occasional basis whilst remaining established in their profession in their Home State. For this reason visitors do not have their qualifications and experience assessed to determine whether they meet the standards of proficiency for practice in the UK. This in turn means that they cannot use one of the titles protected by law in the UK for the professions regulated by the HCPC.

How do I know what type of registration is suitable for me?

If you are a citizen of a relevant European State and can demonstrate that you are currently established in your profession in a relevant European State other than the UK, you must consider whether you wish to;

  • visit the UK to provide services on an temporary and occasional basis whilst remaining established in your Home State; or
  • seek to become established in your profession in the UK (eg by taking full-time employment).

This is a decision which you have to make individually depending on your circumstances.

What professional title may I use as a visitor?

You may only use the professional title under which you are established in your home state, in the official language (or one of them) of that state. You cannot use one of the titles which the HCPC protects.

How long is a declaration valid for once accepted?

A declaration is valid for one year but further declarations can be made. Decisions on the acceptance of declarations are made on a case-by-case basis, taking account of the duration, frequency, regularity and continuity of the services provided in the UK.

What should I do if my situation as a visiting professional changes?

If your situation changes and you decide to become established in the UK, you need to notify the HCPC and apply for full registration.

Can I apply for establishment in the UK and, at the same time, declare that I wish to provide services on temporary and occasional basis?

This depends on individual circumstances. In some circumstances an application for full establishment and a declaration of providing services on a temporary and occasional basis can be made at the same time. Decisions are made on a case-by-case basis and depend upon the professional circumstance of the applicant.

Temporary provision of services declarations are only for those who wish to provide their services in the UK on a temporary and occasional basis whilst remaining established in their profession in their home state. It is not a means of providing temporary cover for those who are applying for full establishment.

Your responsibility

It is the individual’s responsibility to give correct information about their professional situation to potential employers and the public.

Employers should ensure that a person who is a visiting professional is not employed in a post which requires full-HCPC registration and is not permitted to use a professional title which is protected under the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001.



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