CORU is the regulator for the Health and Social Care Professionals. It was set up following the 2005 Health and Social Care Professions Act.
This act states that the objective of CORU is as follows:
“To protect the public by promoting high standards of professional conduct and professional education, training and competence among registrants of the designated professions”
As well as orthoptists, the 12 professions to be regulated are: clinical biochemists, dietitians, medical scientists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, radiographers, podiatrists, social workers, social care workers, psychologists and speech and language therapists. Other professions may be added in the future if the Minister of Health deems it appropriate.
CORU states that:
The purpose of statutory registration is to protect the public by promoting high standards of professional conduct and professional education, training and competence amongst the registrants of the designated professions.
Practitioners practising under the professional title will have their qualifications verified and they must satisfy the Registration Board that they are a ‘fit and proper person’.
Statutary registration applies to all practitioners who work in both the private and public sector, including those who are self-employed.
CORU has opened the social workers register. The registers for the remaining 11 professions, including orthoptists, will open over the coming years. In the meantime, CORU is working to build the foundations of a fair and transparent system of regulation.
The Irish Association of Orthoptists will continue to engage with CORU to ensure members are kept informed of their requirement to register. Check back here for updates.
The council member representing orthoptists is Mr. Tony McAleer.
Tony graduated in 1985 from the Midland Orthoptic Training School, Birmingham, England and obtained a Masters in Medical Science from the University of Sheffield in 2002. He took up employment in 1985 at the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital, Dublin, where he still works as a Clinical Specialist Orthoptist. He has also worked at St Vincents University Hospital, Dublin, St Michael’s Hospital, Dun Laoghaire, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, and in the Midland Health Board area.
He has been involved in the production of the “Therapy Research – Delivering Best Health” (DoHC 2008) and the “Identification of Research Priorities for Therapy Professions in Ireland” (DoHC 2010) strategy documents.
He has extensive experience as a professional representative for the Orthoptics profession. He has been Chair of the Irish Association of Orthoptists, a member of the British and Irish Orthoptic Society executive, a founder member of the Therapy Professions Committee and a representative on the IMPACT Professional Vocational Group. He has collaborated for many years with other professions in the interests of patient care and safety and will bring the benefits of this experience to CORU.
For more on CORU, see www.coru.ie