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The Authority publishes its review of the General Chiropractic Council's performance for 2015/16

The Professional Standards Authority has published its annual performance review of the General Chiropractic Council. We review each of the statutory health and social care regulators each year to assess whether they are meeting our Standards of Good Regulation.

The GCC’s register covers almost 3,175 chiropractors. The GCC recognises and assures the quality of five degree programmes at three educational institutions, while setting standards for chiropractors and taking action if there are concerns about individuals’ fitness to practise.

We have assessed the GCC’s performance against our Standards of Good Regulation and they have met all but one of our Standards. The GCC has made considerable progress since our last report, meeting nine out of ten of the Standards on fitness to practise, compared with five out of ten in 2014/15. We still have some concerns about aspects of the GCC’s performance but our impression is that it is moving in the right direction.

More information about how we reached our decision is set out in our Performance review - GCC 2015-16 or read a summary in our snapshot.

Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care

Christine Braithwaite, Director Standards and Policy

Reception: 020 7389 8030

Notes to the Editor

  1. The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care oversees nine statutory bodies that regulate health and social care professionals in the UK.
  2. We assess their performance and report to Parliament. We also conduct audits and investigations and can appeal fitness to practise cases to the courts if we consider that sanctions are insufficient to protect the public and it is in the public interest.
  3. The Standards of Good Regulation are designed to ensure that the regulators are protecting the public but also promoting confidence in health and care professionals and themselves. The Standards cover the regulators’ four core functions: setting and promoting guidance and standards for the profession; setting standards for and quality assuring the provision of education and training; maintaining a register of professionals; and taking action where a professional’s fitness to practise may be impaired.
  4. We also set standards for organisations holding voluntary registers for health and social care occupations and accredit those that meet them.
  5. We share good practice and knowledge, conduct research and introduce new ideas to our sector. We monitor policy developments in the UK and internationally and provide advice on issues relating to professional standards in health and social care.
  6. We do this to promote the health, safety and wellbeing of users of health and social care services and the public. We are an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament.
  7. Our values are at the heart of who we are and what we do. We are committed to being impartial, fair, accessible and consistent in the application of our values.
  8. The General Chiropractic Council (the GCC) regulates the practice of chiropractors in the United Kingdom. Its work includes: setting and maintaining standards of practice and conduct for the chiropractic profession; maintaining a register of qualified professionals; assuring the quality of chiropractic education and training; and taking action to restrict or remove from practice registrants who are not considered fit to practise. It recognises and assures the quality of five degree programmes at three educational institutions.  As at 1 January 2017, there were 3,172 professionals registered with the GCC. The GCC’s fee for initial registration is £750. The fee for retention is £800. The GCC offers a reduced fee of £100 for those not intending to practise.
  9. More information about our work and the approach we take is available at