Health and Social Care Professionals

Health and Social Care Professionals comprise over 7000 members of IMPACT, which makes up more than 10% of IMPACT’s entire membership. This includes titles such as Social Workers, Social Care Workers, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Psychologists, and Pharmacists.

IMPACT’s influence – with employers, service providers, national stakeholders, and Government – depends on the union’s collective membership strength.  If you’re in the union, the union is stronger.  If the union is stronger, you’re stronger too.

Each profession has its own Vocational Group, a national body, which discusses and decides the important national issues facing their profession and how the union should best tackle them. Members are automatically added to their profession’s vocational group when they join.

HSCP Vocational Groups

  • Audiologist
  • Biochemist
  • Dietitian – Committee Details
  • Dosimetrist
  • Family Support Worker
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Orthoptist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physicist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Podiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Social Care Worker
  • Social Worker
  • Speech & Language Therapist


CORU was established under the Health and Social Care Professions Act 2005 as the statutory regulatory body for certain health and social care professions. Individual health and social care professionals must apply to be accepted onto a professional register before they are permitted to practise, or continue to practise in Ireland, under statutory registration. CORU is the statutory registration body for this.

There are 13 professions required to register with CORU under the new arrangements. IMPACT Trade Union has national negotiation rights for ten of those professions to be registered. The ten professions are:

  • Chiropodists/podiatrists
  • Clinical biochemists
  • Dietitians
  • Occupational therapists
  • Orthoptists
  • Social workers
  • Physiotherapists
  • Psychologists
  • Social care workers
  • Speech and language therapists.

For more information on CORU registration for your profession, click here.

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