The General Chiropractic Council (GCC)
The GCC regulates chiropractors in the UK to ensure the safety of patients undergoing chiropractic treatment. It is an independent statutory body established by Parliament to regulate the chiropractic profession. The GCC is here to protect the health and safety of the public by ensuring high standards of practice in the chiropractic profession. The title of ‘chiropractor’ is protected by law and it is a criminal offence for anyone to describe themselves as a chiropractor without being registered with the GCC. The GCC checks that all chiropractors are properly qualified and are fit to practice.
Every year, to retain registration on the GCC register all chiropractors have to complete continual professional development and do continual self-reflection.
The British Chiropractic Association (BCA)
The BCA is a membership organisation for chiropractors to be aligned with management body to ensure best clinical practice and advice for chiropractors. Membership also includes insurance cover. The BCA promotes evidence-based care and provides a levy for those conducting clinical trials.
The Royal College of Chiropractors (RCC)
The RCC is a registered charity promoting professional excellence, quality and safety in chiropractic. They are an apolitical professional membership body of over 2800 members. The organisation promotes and supports high standards of education, practice and research, enabling chiropractors to provide and to be recognised for providing, high-quality care for patients.
Meriel was awarded her fellowship of the RCC this year (2018) for her contribution to chiropractic, particularly in the sports setting.
Federation Internationale Chiropractic Du Sport (FICS)
FICS is comprised of national sports councils worldwide and individual members. FICS has affiliations with international organisations within the chiropractic profession and the world of sports.
- The goals of FICS is to empower athletes to maximal performance naturally.
- to see that athletes in all sports have access to the specialised skills of chiropractors as part of the sports health care team
- to promote excellence in education and practice in sports chiropractic around the world
- to promote research in sports chiropractic
- to forge relationships with International Sporting Organisations throughout the world
- to ensure that the highest levels of professionalism are displayed by our member
Meriel is a member of FICS and has worked at the International Tug of War championships and The World Sports Games representing FICS.