The newly renamed (Aug 2012) Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is a professional body set up to protect the public in accordance with the Health and Social Care Act 2012. To do this they keep a register of health, psychological and social work professionals who meet their standards for training, professional skills, behaviour and health.
The title 'Podiatrist/ Chiropodist' is protected by law and therefore all those practicing under either title must be registered with them.
There are 15 other health professionals that they also regulate. To check that your health professional is registered follow the link below and search their on-line register.