Regulated Professions


Roles in the Regulated Professions mean you have to be registered with a regulated body to practice. They require relevant qualifications which might include an undergraduate degree or diploma.

Roles in the Regulated Professions include Complementary Therapists, Counsellors, Nurses, Occupational Therapists and Social Workers.

Complementary Therapists provide complementary therapies such as reflexology, massage and aromatherapy to people who may be experiencing emotional distress, pain or psychological issues.

Counsellors provide emotional support to help people overcome challenges for example bereavement, living with a long term condition or drug or alcohol addiction.

Nurses perform clinical and healthcare tasks to people in a nursing home or in the community.

Occupational Therapists work with people with physical, mental or social disabilities to help them do everyday activities.

Social Workers offer counselling and advocacy to individuals and families, and intervene when vulnerable people need safeguarding.

See the videos and case studies to find out more.


Use the links below to explore more about each of the roles in the Regulated Professions on the Skills for Care website.

Videos and case studies

What is social work? Children and families

Supporting carers: the social worker

What is social work? Services for older people

What is social work? Emergency Duty Team

Penny Marks-Billson Occupational Therapist

Penny works as an occupational therapist and supports people who have just left hospital or are at risk of going into hospital.

Hanna Munro Senior Occupational Therapist

Hannah works as a senior occupational therapist and supports six care homes with fall prevention, mobility assessments and rehabilitation.

Jane Haywood Social Worker

Jane works as a social worker in the health and housing department and supports older people when they come out of hospital.

Further information

Starting your career

National Apprenticeship Service

Lead to succeed learning programme

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

British Association of Social Workers

Step Up to Social Work.