The Benefits of Registration

Patients or members of public want to know that they are in safe hands.

Employers recruiting staff or a commissioner buying services needs to choose the right individuals with confidence.

Individual practitioners want to be able to demonstrate they are experienced professionals committed to high standards.

All these stakeholders should know that:

  • Being accepted onto an Accredited Register reinforces qualifications and promotes professional competence.
  • Provides peace of mind and opens opportunities over those who choose not to register.
  • An Accredited Register is part of a government-backed scheme to protect the public.
  • The organisation holding an Accredited Register has been rigorously assessed by the Professional Standards Authority and awarded their quality mark.
  • Accredited Registers are required to provide clear and accurate information to help those choosing a practitioner to meet their needs.
  • Accredited Registers handle complaints about their registrants fairly, robustly and transparently.
  • If a practitioner is struck off an Accredited Register, they are not allowed to join another one in the same occupation (or another in a different occupation if removed for misconduct), so patients, the public and others can avoid poor practise.
  • Accredited Registers are recognised and supported by key interested parties in the respective professions throughout the UK.

Practitioners who are committed to high standards choose to join an Accredited Register. Responsible employers and commissioners choose practitioners on Accredited Registers.

Did you know……..

Tax Relief on Registration Fees

From the 8th September, 2017, the Academy for Healthcare Science received approval from the Commissioners for HM Revenue and Customs under Section 344 of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003, with effect from 6th April 2017.

This means that the Academy’s name will appear in the list of approved bodies on Gov.UK (“List 3”) and registrants may obtain a deduction against income tax for their annual fees.

There may be a short delay before the approved list is updated on Gov.UK.  If you wish to obtain a deduction before this happens, you should explain when contacting HMRC that the Academy has only recently been approved and quote the reference T1644/24/2017.

Please note:

  • The tax relief is only available against fees paid since April 2017 and cannot be backdated.
  • If your employer has reimbursed you for your fees, or has paid them on your behalf, you cannot claim a deduction.

The following link provides guidance for Employees on claiming back tax against expenses:

The following link provides guidance for Employers covering the cost of employees’ subscriptions and professional fees:

If you have any questions about this, please email