Clinical protected titles
There have been a number of cases both locally and nationally where healthcare support staff have deliberately represented themselves as nurses and other clinical professionals. With this in mind it feels timely to remind everyone about protected titles. Protected titles are enshrined in legislation and are used by health professionals to indicate their field of practice to patients and the public. Public protection and patient safety can be threatened by the misuse of protected titles. For example, title misuse can lead to physical or emotional harm to patients and the public, or financial loss. Misuse of protected titles can undermine public confidence in health professionals and the regulatory systems established to oversee them. Those with the appropriate registration are authorised to use the title. Anyone who uses the title while not registered is committing an offence. Annex 1 of this report lists the legally protected professional titles.