The Department of Health has recently published details of plans to extend the list of professions regulated by the Health and Social Care Professional’s Council (“CORU”), to include psychotherapists and counsellors.

The new rules will see both professions brought within statutory regulation, requiring registrants of both professions to comply with codes of professional conduct for their particular profession.

The rules will also see the introduction of disciplinary processes and complaints procedures, together with the introduction of statutory definitions for both professions.

CORU currently regulates several health and social care professions, to include social workers, dieticians, occupational therapists, radiographers, radiation therapists, speech and language therapists, optometrists and dispensing opticians.

A public consultation process concerning the proposed designation of the professions of counsellor and psychotherapist under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act, 2005, has been commenced by the Minister for Health, Mr Simon Harris TD.