Health and social care professionals in Offaly 'must be registered with CORU'

Charlie Flynn

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Charlie Flynn

Health and social care professionals in Offaly 'must be registered with CORU'

Health & Social Care Professionals must be registered with CORU, Patients encouraged to ‘Look for the Logo’

CORU, Ireland’s regulator for health and social care professionals, CORU has launched a new ‘CORU Registered’ logo to help patients ensure the professional providing their care is registered with the statutory regulator CORU. Ginny Hanrahan, the CEO of CORU, launched the initiative, and is encouraging Offaly patients to look for the logo when engaging a health or social care professional.

CORU regulates a range of health and social care professions which the people of Offaly come into contact with on a daily basis. This includes social workers, dietitians/dieticians, occupational therapists, optometrists, dispensing opticians, physiotherapists, radiographers, radiation therapists and speech and language therapists/speech therapists.

Anyone working in these professions must register with CORU in order to be able to use their professional title. CORU may prosecute anyone who continues to misuse a protected title. It is a criminal offence and on conviction, they may be liable to a Class A fine and/or 6 months imprisonment. Several more professions are due to be regulated by CORU in the coming years.

Speaking at the launch Ginny Hanrahan, CEO of CORU, said “We currently have 163 Offaly health and social care professionals registered with CORU. We are encouraging these professionals to proudly display this CORU Registered logo, which, for example, appears on their business cards, stationery, website and in their receptions. This will act as a statement of their commitment to operate to the highest standards and to deliver safe care to their clients and patients."

“Members of the public should ensure that individuals providing their health and social care are registered with CORU. They can now do so by looking for the logo or alternatively by searching the register on CORU.ie.”