HSE HR Circular 015/2018
CORU, the regulator for health and social care professionals, has advised the HSE that: The register for physiotherapists opened on 30 September 2016. Physiotherapists working in Ireland are legally required to have registration with CORU by 30 September 2018. After this date only those physiotherapists who have registered, or have submitted a complete application for admittance to the register will be allowed to work in Ireland using the protected title “Physiotherapist.” Incomplete applications, i.e. applications submitted without all relevant documentation, will not be processed.
In order to comply with Part 4 of the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005, to protect patients, service users and HSE employees, and to provide evidence in support of good governance the HSE issued a Circular and policy on 20th April last. Please note that the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 categorises applicants for registration as follows;
Section 38 applicants
Physiotherapists who commenced the practice of their profession in the Republic of Ireland after the 30th September 2018 and existing practitioners who have not been employed in the HSE for a minimum of 2 years fulltime, (or an aggregate of 2 years fulltime), in the Republic of Ireland between 30th September 2011 and the 30th September 2016 are deemed to be applicants under Section 38 of the HSCP Act.
Section 91 applicants
Physiotherapists who qualified before the 30th September 2016 and have been engaged in the practice of the profession for a minimum of 2 years fulltime, (or an aggregate of 2 years fulltime), in the Republic of Ireland between 30th September 2011 and 30th September 2016 are deemed to be Section 91 applicants.
HR Circular 015/2018 sets out the responsibilities of both Section 38 and S91 applicants
6.2 Section 38 Applicants
Each practitioner is personally responsible for achieving registration on the Physiotherapists Registration Board by the 30th September 2018 and maintaining their annual registration as stipulated in the essential criteria for appointment and continuing as a Physiotherapist.
Appointees who subsequently fail to achieve the necessary registration on the Physiotherapists Register maintained by the Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU by the 30th September 2018 will not be able to continue in the role of a Physiotherapist beyond that date.
6.3 Section 91 Applicants
Each existing practitioner is personally responsible for applying for registration on the Physiotherapists Registration Board by the 30th September 2018 to be able to continue in employment as a Physiotherapist. Any Section 91 applicant who does not apply for registration by the 30th September 2018 will, under the HSCP Act, be considered to be a Section 38 applicant and will be unable to continue to be employed as a Physiotherapist beyond that date.
Please ensure that this Circular is brought to the attention of all relevant staff in your area of responsibility.
The Circular with Appendices is available to view on the HSE website here