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HEE/NIHR ICA Programme Eligible Professions and Regulators




Regulator with which applicants must hold registration/register

AHP Professions:

Art therapist


Drama therapist

Music therapist

Occupational therapist

Operating Department Practitioner


Orthotist and Prosthetist





Radiographer (diagnostic and therapeutic)

Speech and language therapist

Health and Care Professions Council, excepting osteopaths, who are required to hold registration/register with the General Osteopathic Council


General Chiropractic Council

Healthcare Scientists:

Professionals that work in one of the following broad areas of practice, which together cover over 45 different professional specialisms:

Life Sciences/Clinical Laboratory Sciences; Physiological Sciences; Clinical Bioinformatics; Physical Sciences (incorporating Medical Physics) and Clinical Engineering. These include clinical scientists, biomedical scientists, clinical physiologists and clinical technologists

Health and Care Professions Council, or the PSA accredited Academy for Healthcare Science register:

Non-Medical Public Health Specialty Trainees, Specialists and Consultants

Specialty Trainees: Faculty of Public Health

Specialists and Consultants: The UK Public Health Register

Nurse and Midwife:

Nurse Midwife Health visitor

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Optometrist and Dispensing Optician

General Optical Council

Pharmacy Professions:


Pharmacy technician

General Pharmaceutical Council

Practitioner Psychologist

Health and Care Professions Council

Wider Dental Team Professions:

Dental hygienist

Dental nurse

Dental therapist

General Dental Council

Prospective applicants holding NMC or HCPC registrations but not listed above should contact the NIHR Academy to discuss their eligibility further: