Applicants with Overseas Qualifications -

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Whats in this section?

 

Why should I register with the GCC?

It is a criminal offence for anyone to describe themselves as a chiropractor in the UK without registering with the GCC. You must register with us before you start to practise in the UK

 

How long does it take for the GCC to process my application?

We aim to check your application within 24 hours from its arrival, however this is not always possible and you should allow 2 working days before contacting us.


If any of the following circumstances apply to you, please be aware that it may take longer than usual for you to gain registration:

  • if you have a criminal conviction or caution
  • if you have a health issue where we need further information
  • if you have had disciplinary matters with another regulatory body

If any of the above circumstances apply to you please apply as early as possible. We will give you an indication of how long we think it may take to complete registration once we have your application.


Can I get support for my development before applying?

All of the four chiropractic professional associations and the Royal College of Chiropractors (http://rcc-uk.org) offer a range of CPD opportunities.. The Royal College is professional membership body promoting professional excellence, quality and safety in chiropractic care.    

There are three chiropractic educational organisations in the UK who also offer various education and training courses who might be able to provide appropriate support:

You might like to contact one or more of these organisations before you apply to see how they can help you prepare for practice in the UK.

 

I’m registered with the chiropractic regulator in my home country. Can I use that registration to practice in the UK?

No – you must be registered with the GCC before you start practising in the UK.

 

I'm registered with the chiropractic regulator in my home country. Can I use that registration to practise in the UK while the GCC processes my application?

No – you must be registered with the GCC before you start practising in the UK. There are no exemptions, so even if you are registered in another EU member state, you will still have to register with the GCC before you are allowed to practice in the UK.

 

I’m coming to the UK on a working holiday – since I will be returning home in six months time, and am maintaining my registration in my home country. I don’t need to register with the GCC do I, as I will still be covered by my ‘home country’ registration and will only be in the UK for a short time?

There is no exemption for people only coming to the UK for a short time or registered with overseas regulators, so you will have to register with the GCC before you start practising in the UK.

 

What foreign accrediting authorities do you recognise?

We do not recognise the qualifications from any educational institution other than those we assess ourselves.  We will consider applications to the Test of Competence or via the EU route from  individuals with qualifications recognised by one of the following chiropractic accrediting authorities

 

Will registering with the GCC assist me in meeting UK immigration requirements?

No – being registered (or applying for registration) with the GCC will have no impact on any immigration requirements that you may have to meet. We suggest that you ensure you will be able to live and work in the UK before you apply for registration with us.

Further information on UK immigration requirements can be found at http://www.gov.uk/visas-immigration

 

Can the GCC help me with my visa application?

No – we are unable to help with or support visa applications or any other immigration issues. Further information can be found at http://www.gov.uk/visas-immigration

 

Will registering with the GCC provide me with opportunities to practise as a chiropractor?

Although you need to be registered with the GCC before you can work as a chiropractor in the UK, registering with us will not provide you with a job or a practice opportunity. You will have to find a position independently of your application to the GCC.

 

Where can I find out about chiropractic jobs in the UK?

We do not hold information on jobs. Information on UK vacancies can be found on the websites of the four chiropractic professional associations:

Will it be easy for me to get a job in the UK’s National Health Service?

The NHS is the UK’s free at the point of use state funded health service. However, very few chiropractors in the UK work for the NHS, and only a few hold NHS contracts or receive referrals from the NHS.

Almost all chiropractors in the UK are in private practice, and patients usually refer themselves to chiropractors (called ‘self referral’). Patients pay their chiropractor directly for the services and treatment that they receive.

Nearly all chiropractors are self employed. Very few are employees, although some practices employ associates. Around half work alongside other chiropractors, 31% with other complementary and alternative medicine practitioners and 11% alongside medical doctors as part of their practice.

Around 14% of our registrants are employed in education, but most educationists work as a chiropractor as well. There are very few, if any, jobs in which chiropractors use their professional knowledge and skills without directly practising chiropractic.

 

I understand that healthcare in the UK is free. How will I get paid?

The UK’s health service is free at the point of use. However, the National Health Service (NHS) does not cover every medical and health treatment.

Much dental and optical treatment, for example, is not covered by the NHS, and patients seeing a dentist or optician have to pay for their treatment. The same is true for chiropractic care, and very few chiropractors work for the NHS, and only a few hold NHS contracts or receive referrals from the NHS.

As a consequence, almost all chiropractors in the UK are self employed, and patients usually refer themselves to a chiropractor (called self referral). The chiropractor is then paid directly by the patient for the treatment and services that they have received.

 

What levels of professionalism and expertise must I meet?

The levels of professionalism and expertise that we require chiropractors to meet are set out in The Code. We have also published a number of advice and guidance notes which can be found at: http://www.gcc-uk.org/publications/publications-for-chiropractors/

 

What checks do you make on applicants?

 If you apply to register with us, we will check with the regulator in the country where you currently practise, and any country that you have previously practised in, and the educational institution that you graduated from whether you had any disciplinary actions taken against you. You are also required to provide a criminal record check, which we will also investigate.

 

What happens if I don’t meet these standards?

If you are unable to meet the standards that we require, then we will be unable to register you. You will be committing a criminal offence if you practise as a chiropractor in the UK without being registered with us.

 

Where can I find more information on practising as a chiropractor in the UK?

You can find links to the legislation and other helpful guidance in The Code: Standards of conduct, performance and ethics for chiropractors.

Chiropractic students in the UK are expected to follow our Student Fitness to Practise Guidance - http://www.gcc-uk.org/UserFiles/Docs/GuidanceforStudents.pdf . This should be a useful guide in explaining how our expectations of students link to The Code. If you apply to register with us, this means that we will check with the regulator in the country where you currently practise and with the educational institution from which you graduated whether you have had any disciplinary actions taken against you[1].

The three chiropractic educational organisations in the UK offer various forms of education and training and may be able to provide appropriate support:

 The four chiropractic professional associations and the Royal College of Chiropractors (http://rcc-uk.org) also offer development opportunities and support.   

You might like to contact one or more of these organisations before you apply to see how they can help you prepare for practice in the UK.

How do I register with the GCC?

If you have a qualification from a UK college recognised by the GCC, click [here]

If you have a chiropractic qualification not recognised by us, click [here]

If you are an EEA national, click [here]

If you are not sure, click [here].