The profession is strictly regulated in the UK by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) – an independent regulatory body set up by parliament – and they ensure the safety of patients undergoing treatment. A chiropractor must be registered with the GCC to work in the UK – failure to do so is a criminal offence. Practitioners must also abide by the GCC’s code of practice, hold professional indemnity insurance, and pass the necessary competence and criminal record checks.
If you are a Chiropractor outside of the UK and considering working in the United Kingdom we would recommended reading the GCC's guidance for applicants on applying for registration.
You may first have to undertake the GCC's test of competence which you must pass before your application can be considered.
Once registered, registration is renewed annually and chiropractors are also required to undertake a minimum of 30 hours of Continuing Professional Development per annum in order to complete their annual re-registration.
At Chiro Recruit we understand that GCC registration is vital in ensuring that standards are maintained within the UK’s chiropractic profession, but it does present some difficulties for practices looking to fill job vacancies by hiring practitioners from overseas.
Over the past five years the GCC has processed, on average, 150 new registrations each year. A maximum of 30 jobs are posted each month on the classified pages for the British Chiropractic Association, United Chiropractic Association and Scottish Chiropractic Association – with new jobs far greater than new registrations, the skill shortage is obvious.
Founded in 1925, and with a membership that represents over 50% of chiropractors registered in the UK, the BCA is the biggest of all the specialist chiropractic associations in the UK. For more information visit the BCA’s website.
BCA Contact Information
The British Chiropractic Association
59 Castle Street
Tel: 0118 950 5950
Fax: 0118 958 8946
The UCA, a body that represents chiropractors, was set up in 2000 to provide representation for chiropractors who believe that the core principles on which the practice was founded, are just as important today as they were then – visit the association’s website to find out more.
UCA Contact information
United Chiropractic Association
1st Floor, 45 North Hill
Tel: +44 (0)1752 658 785
Fax: +44 (0)1752 658 786
The Scottish Chiropractic Association was formed in 1979 and has since grown rapidly. There are now more than 60 members practising in Scotland and over 120 associated members located in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and various other countries around the world.
SCA Contact Information
Scottish Chiropractic Association
1 Chisholm Avenue
Tel: +44(0)141 404 0260