Hearing Aid Dispensers are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) set up to protect the public. They keep a Register of health and care professionals who meet their standards for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health.
The Council currently regulate a wide range of the caring professions including arts therapists, biomedical scientists, chiropodists / podiatrists, clinical scientists, dietitians, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, paramedics, physiotherapists, practitioner psychologists, prosthetists / orthotists, radiographers, social workers in England and speech and language therapists.
All of these professions have at least one professional title that is protected by law, which means, for example, that anyone using the titles Hearing Aid Dispenser must be registered with them. It is a criminal offence for someone to claim that they are registered with the HCPC when they are not, or to use a protected title that they are not entitled to use.
The Council requires all those on its register to practice continuing professional development - BSHAA provides assistance to its members to achieve this - and the Council randomly checks that this development work has been undertaken and is relevant to the practice of the registrant.
There are a wide wide range of publications intended to help registrants.Some are generic and set out what the Regulator expects from all the professionals it regulates, others are specific such as the Standards of Proficiency for Hearing Aid Dispensers. View Publications
It is a criminal offence for someone to claim they are registered with the HCPC when they are not