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HMRC internal manual

Enquiry Manual

Information Powers: Professionals: TMA70/S19A and FA98/SCH18/PARA 27: What Constitutes a Medical Professional and a Medical Record

For these purposes a medical professional is a

  • registered medical practitioner
  • registered dentist
  • registered optician
  • registered pharmaceutical chemist
  • registered nurse, midwife or health visitor
  • registered osteopath
  • registered chiropractor
  • person who is registered as a member of a profession regulated by the Health Professions Council (HPC)
  • clinical psychologist, child psychotherapist or speech therapist
  • music therapist employed by a health service body
  • scientist employed by such a body as head of Department.

The HPC regulates arts, music and drama therapists, chiropodists/podiatrists, clinical scientists, dietitians, medical laboratory scientific officers (MLSOs), occupational therapists, orthoptists, prosthetists & orthotists, paramedics, physiotherapists, radiographers and speech & language therapists.

If you want to know whether your health professional is registered, contact the Registration Department at the Health Professions Council, Tel: 020 7582 0866, Fax: 020 7820 9684.

A medical record is

  • any record which contains information relating to the physical or mental health or condition of an individual and
  • has been made by or on behalf of a medical professional in connection with the care of that individual