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UK private healthcare associations

Private healthcare practitioners are registered with a professional body that regulates that area of practice. These professional bodies may assist with disputes or can provide useful information on practitioners in your area.

This pages contains contact details of private health professional associations.

Counsellors

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

BACP House
15 St John's Business Park
Lutterworth
Leicestershire
LE17 4HB

Client and Ethical Information Helpdesk: 01455 883316
Tel: 01455 883300
Minicom: 01455 550307
Textphone: 01455 560606
Fax: 01455 550243
E-mail: enquiries@bacp.co.uk
Website: www.bacp.co.uk

Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

21 Dublin Road
Bray
County Wicklow
Ireland

Tel: 00 353 1 2723427
Fax: 00 353 1 2869933
E-mail: iacp@iacp.ie
Website: www.irish-counselling.ie

A counsellor based in N. Ireland may be registered with either of these associations.

Doctors and surgeons

General Medical Council

Regent's Place
350 Euston Road
London
NW1 3JN

Tel: 0845 357 8001
Fax: 0845 357 9001
E-mail: gmc@gmc-uk.org
Website: www.gmc-uk.org

There are branches in Manchester, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast.

Dental professionals

General Dental Council

37 Wimpole Street
London
W1G 8DQ

Tel (general enquiries): 020 7887 3800 or 0845 222 4141 (UK local rate)
Tel (complaints): 020 7009 2701
Typetalk: 18001 0845 222 4141
Fax: 020 7224 3294
E-mail (general enquiries): CAIT@gdc-uk.org
E-mail (complaints): Complaints@gdc-uk.org
Website: www.gdc-uk.org

Nurses, midwives and health visitors

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Fitness to Practise Department
1st Floor
61 Aldwych
London
WC2B 4AE

Tel: 020 7462 5800/5801
Fax: 020 7424 9579
E-mail: fitness.to.practise@nmc-uk.org
Website: www.nmc-uk.org

Opticians

General Optical Council

41 Harley Street
London
W1G 8DJ

Tel: 020 7580 3898 (Mon-Thurs 9.00am-5.00pm; Fri 9.00am-4.45pm)
Fax: 020 7307 3939
E-mail: goc@optical.org
Website: www.optical.org

Deals with complaints about opticians' conduct. Complaints about opthalmic opthalmologists should be addressed to the General Medical Council.

Royal College of Ophthalmologists

17 Cornwall Terrace
London
NW1 4QW

Tel: 020 7935 0702
Website: www.rcophth.ac.uk

Optical Consumer Complaints Service

PO Box 219
Petersfield
GU32 9BY

Tel: 0844 800 5071
Fax: 01730 265058
E-mail: postbox@opticalcomplaints.co.uk
Website: www.opticalcomplaints.co.uk

Provides information and deals with complaints about private sight tests, prescriptions, glasses or contact lenses.

Complaints about orthoptists (who treat children's squints and other visual defects) should be addressed to the Health Professions Council.

Pharmacists

Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain

Fitness to Practise and Legal Affairs
1 Lambeth High Street
London
SE1 7JN

Tel: 020 7735 9141
Fax: 020 7572 2510
E-mail: complaintsaboutpharmacists@rpsgb.org
Website: www.rpsgb.org.uk

Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (Welsh Executive)

Unit 2
Ashtree Court
Woodsy Close
Cardiff Gate Business Park
Cardiff
CF23 8RW

Tel: 029 2073 0310
Fax: 029 2073 0311
E-mail: wales@rpsgb.org
Website: www.rpsgb.org.uk

Royal Pharmaceutical Society Scottish Directorate

Holyrood Park House
106 Holyrood Road
Edinburgh
EH8 8AS

Tel: 0131 556 4386
E-mail: scotinfo@rpsgb.org
Website: www.rpsgb.org/scotland

Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland (PSNI)

73 University Street
Belfast
BT7 1HL

Tel: 028 9032 6927
Fax: 028 9043 9919
E-mail: chief.executive@psni.org.uk

Psychiatrists

Royal College of Psychiatrists

17 Belgrave Square
London
SW1X 8PG

Tel: 020 7235 2351
Fax: 020 7245 1231
E-mail: rcpsych@rcpsych.ac.uk
Website: www.rcpsych.ac.uk

Royal College of Psychiatrists in Northern Ireland

Clifton House
2 North Queens Street
Belfast
BT15 1EQ

Tel: 028 9027 8793
Fax: 028 9031 2461
E-mail: nirelanddiv@rcpsych.ac.uk

Website: www.rcpsych.ac.uk

Other practitioners

The Health and Care Professions Council

Fitness to Practise Department
Park House
184 Kennington Park Road
London
SE11 4BU

Tel: 0800 328 4218 (freephone) or 020 7840 9814
Fax: 020 7582 4874
E-mail: ftp@hpc-uk.org
Website: www.hpc-uk.org

The Health and Care Professions Council regulates the following professions: arts therapists, biomedical scientists, chiropodists / podiatrists, clinical scientists, dietitians, hearing aid dispensers, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, orthoptists, paramedics, physiotherapists, practitioner psychologists, prosthetists / orthotists, radiographers, social workers in England and speech and language therapists.

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