Frequently Asked Questions - General
CORU is the organisation responsible for regulating health and social care professionals. It includes the Health and Social Care Professionals Council and the Registration Boards established under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act.
CORU's role is to protect the public through regulating the health and social care professions listed in the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005(as amended).
To regulate the professions, CORU will:
- Set the standards that health and social care professionals must meet
- Ensure that the relevant educational bodies deliver qualifications that prepare professionals to provide safe and appropriate care
- Maintain and publish a Register of health and social care professionals who meet our standards
- Ensure that registered professionals keep their skills up to date by promoting continuing professional development
- Run Fitness to Practise hearings into the conduct and competence of a Registrant
CORU Is made up of the Health and Social Care Professionals Council and 12 Registration Boards, one for each profession named in our Act.
The professions to be regulated are:
- Clinical Biochemists
- Medical Scientists
- Social Care Workers
CORU currently has registers open for the following professions:
- Occupational Therapists
- Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians
- Radiographers and Radiation Therapists
- Social Workers
- Speech and Language Therapists
Registers for the other professions will follow, on a phased basis, between 2015 and 2017.
The name CORU originates from an Irish word, ‘cóir’ meaning fair, just and proper. These are values that resonate deeply within our organisation, and perfectly reflect our commitment to protecting the public by regulating health and social care professionals. CORU is not an acronym.
The way to pronounce CORU is by placing the emphasis on the ‘u’ at the end of the word. It sounds similar to Brian Boru, construe, pursue and undo.
The Health and Social Care Professionals Council at CORU has 25 voluntary members who have been appointed by the Minister for Health. It has a lay majority with one member representing each of the 12 registered professions, and 13 other members who do not come from the registered professions.
The Council's role is to:
- Oversee and coordinate the Registration Boards
- Make rules
- Provide guidelines on bye-laws
- Provide support to Registration Boards
- Encourage collaboration between Registration Boards
- Serve as an appeals body for those refused registration
- Enforce standards of practice through the Fitness to Practise regime
- Handle complaints
- Ensure the protection of titles
- Advise the Minister or other functions assigned by the Minister
The Health and Social Care Professionals Council is a regulatory body established under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005. The object of the Health and Social Care Professionals Council at CORU is to protect the public by promoting high standards of professional conduct and professional education, training and competence among registrants of the designated profession.
A separate Registration Board will be established for each of the 12 professions. The objective of each board is to protect the public by fostering high standards of professional conduct, education, training and competence among those registered.
Each Registration Board will consist of 13 voluntary members with a lay majority as follows: 6 will be elected by registrants of their profession (3 engaged in the practice of that profession, 2 engaged in the management of services provided by it and one in the education and training of it). The remaining 7 will be appointed by the Minister (one from the management of the public health sector, the social care sector or both, one from a voluntary or private sector organisation concerned with health or social care, one involved in the training of that profession and 4 representing the interest of the general public).
Each Registration Board will:
- Establish and maintain the register for that designated profession
- Issue certificates of registration
- Give guidance regarding ethical conduct, practice of the profession and continuous professional development
- Approve education and training programmes
- Monitor the continuing suitability of programmes approved for the education and training of applicants for registration
- Make recommendations to Council regarding sanctions to be imposed on registrants.
No, for the following reasons.
- CORU’s relationship is directly with its registrants/persons and CORU’s legislation requires that registrants renew their registration with CORU.
- The Registration renewal process involves more than payment of a renewal fee and requires that a registrant completes a declaration form. It is incumbent on CORU to ensure that this declaration form is collected and checked prior to completing the registration renewal process.
- An employer cannot make a declaration on behalf of one of its employees.
- If a registrant does not renew his/her registration, CORU will notify the registrant in compliance with its legislation. Any misunderstanding between the registrant and the employer as to the agreed party to pay registration renewal fees could lead to inadvertent removal from the register and imposed fines for continuing to practice under a regulated title without being registered.
- The registration fee receipt is provided to the registrant. This document may be used by the registrant to seek full/partial reimbursement of his/her fees from his/her employer. A registrant may also wish to use the receipt to claim tax credits against mandatory professional fees.
- In future, registration renewal process will commence an audit process for CPD purposes. The renewal process will inform the applicant about CPD requirements and it is vital therefore that the registrant himself/herself undertakes the renewal process.