Do I have links with the GCC while I am a student?
Not directly, no. Whilst you are a chiropractic student, your main relationship will be with your education provider. Their chiropractic degree programmes have to be recognised by us – the regulator – and we keep in touch with them through our annual monitoring process. We also update the education providers about anything which arises that might be of interest to them and we expect them to tell us about any major changes or issues which they experience.
What happens once I graduate?
Individuals who have successfully graduated from a recognised chiropractic degree programme are eligible to register with the GCC. You need to do this in order to practise chiropractic lawfully in the UK.
Applicants for registration must also:
- declare any criminal convictions or cautions, no matter when or where in the world the offences were committed
- provide a report from their GP confirming they are in good health, physically and mentally - our good health requirement means that you are capable of safe and effective practice without supervision. It does not mean the absence of any disability or health condition
- give details of registration with other regulatory bodies or associations in the UK or elsewhere, and about any disciplinary action taken against them by such a body
- give information about any allegations of professional negligence considered by a civil court
- provide proof of professional indemnity insurance
- provide a birth certificate and proof of any change of name since then (for example, a marriage certificate)
- provide a character reference.