Frequently Asked Questions

Am I allowed to advertise?

No. The Regulations provide that a practitioner may display a sign on the premises of the practice which sign may state the following:

  • name,
  • profession,
  • registered qualifications in abbreviated form,
  • awards and honorary degrees in abbreviated form;
  • addresses, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address,
  • hours of consultation,
  • AHCSL registration number,

You may however not advertise non-registered qualifications together with registered qualifications, and you may not make unlawful health or curative claims of any kind.


May I advertise being a member of Council if I am a registered practitioner?

No, Council is not an Association or Society, and hence registered practitioners may not claim to be “members”. Council registration is a legal requisite to practice any of the 11 registered disciplines and does not confer “membership” on practitioners. The only members of Council are the elected and appointed representatives.


What is the purpose of a statutory health council?

The key purpose of a statutory health council is the protection and promotion of public interest, which includes ensuring that all services provided by health practitioners meet the responsibility of delivering quality affordable health care to the citizens of the country.


What are the roles of statutory health councils and to whom are they accountable?

The primary role of Statutory Councils is the responsibility of governance of the health sector in Saint Lucia. This mandate is affected by the operational management and regulation .They are however accountable for fulfilling the functions entrusted in them through the Acts that established them.


Who or what is the Allied Health Council of Saint Lucia?

The Allied Health Council is a statutory Council for allied health practitioners established by way of the Health Practitioners Act 2006 in order to provide for the control of the practice of all allied health professionals


What is the purpose of the Allied Health Council Regulations?

The Act and the Regulations provides for the control, governance and practice of allied health professions.


Does this mean that the Council is there to serve the registered health practitioners? And if not, who does serve the interests of the practitioners?

No, the Council is there to serve the individual practitioners, nor specific health professions, nor medical schemes, not the pharmaceutical, cosmetic or such-related industries. It is vitally important that practitioners realise that registration with Council is not voluntary, as law prescribes registration. Council is accountable to the public, as opposed to serving the interests of the practitioners. Professional associations or societies serve the collective interests of registered practitioners and other stakeholders.


What are the Council's functions?

The primary mandate of the Council is public protection, as per the responsibility of all statutory councils, however it is relative to the governance of the 24 professions registered under Council. Council carries out its functions in various ways for these 24 professions within its jurisdiction, whilst striving to provide affordable, accessible, integrated and professional holistic health care to all people of Saint Lucia. Council’s functions are inter alia:

  • to assist in the promotion and protection of the health of the population of Saint Lucia;
  • to govern, administer and set policy relating to the professions registered with the Council;
  • to control the practice of the professions and ensure that Scopes of Practice are observed;
  • to investigate in accordance with the provisions of the Health Practitioners Act 2006 complaints relating to the affairs of practitioners to attend to other judicial matters as per the Act;
  • to control the registration of persons in respect of any profession,
  • to regulate and set standards for the training of intending practitioners

What is the structure of Council?

The Council consists of 8 elected members ; appointed by the Minister of Health


What other formal sub-committees are there?

Council is made up of adhoc sub-committees that are chaired by members of the Council.


Do Council members get salaries?

No, only the Administration is salaried employees of Council.


How do I apply for registration as a Practitioner?

A completed Application Form together with the required fees and supporting documents are to be submitted to Council. Applications for registration may be directed to: The Executive Director, Saint Lucia National Mental Wellness Center, c/o Conway Post Office, Waterfront ,Castries, Saint Lucia, W.I.  An electronic application forms will not be accepted. Application forms can be down loaded and printed under the Forms page.


Where can information about the Act be obtained?

The Council’s legislation can be purchased from the National Printing Corporation.


Why do I need to be registered?

All persons practicing professions that are listed on the Schedule are legally bound to be registered with Council. Registration with the Council is therefore compulsory in order to practice any of the 24  allied health professions  on the Schedule.


What are the benefits of registration?

Some of the benefits include:

  • Statutory and public recognition as a Allied Health Professional
  • Being able to indicate on his/her nameplate the profession/s for which the practitioner is registered.
  • Being participant in reputable registered discipline/s that contribute towards Saint Lucia’s vast healthcare needs.
  • Being lawfully permitted to practice for gain.
  • Being legally permitted to practice any acts that fall within the scope of practice of the profession/s for which a practitioner is registered.

Obtaining of a practice number which facilitates medical aid payments.


Why are some practitioners that fall into these 24 professions practice without being registered?

Any person that is practicing without being registered is practicing illegally and criminal charges can and will be brought against such person.


Can I be registered in more than 1 profession?

Yes. Registration and License fees are however due for each discipline.


Can I be registered with more than one Health Council?

Yes.


Is it acceptable to participate in and offer treatments at health fairs and expos, as many people did prior to the new statutory registers being opened?

No. Health professionals do not practice in public. Providing information via brochures and talks is however acceptable within the scope of professional practice.


If I buy someone else's practice, am I entitled to the patient records?

Patients record are usually passed on to the practitioner buying the practice – unless there is particular provision made to the contrary. The selling practitioner should however notify all patients that the practice is being sold and obtain consent to transfer their records to the purchasing practitioner. It is the patient’s prerogative to refuse consent and/or leave the practice.


Do you have a complaint regarding a practitioner who is registered with this council?

Any member of the public who has a complaint regarding the professional conduct of a registered practitioner is invited to lodge such complaint in written and affidavit form addressed to the Chairperson of Council at the Council’s address. Please include any evidence that you may have. Forward to our address on the right.


Can Council-registered practitioners work from their homes?

Yes, provided you have a separate entrance


From which other premises can they work?

A dedicated private practice that is not part of their private residence, and rooms of other AHC registered Health Professionals e.g. Chiropractor, Naturopath, etc.


From where can they not work?

From a bedroom, living room/lounge, etc. or from retail premises with no separate entrance.


With whom can Council registered practitioners work?

According to legislation, they may work with (share premises) other health professionals registered with a statutory health council.


With whom can Council registered practitioners NOT work?

They may not work with (share premises) non-registered persons/practitioners.


Do practicing Health Professionals have a Code of Ethics and/or Code of Practice that must be upheld?

The Council has Ethical Guidelines for Practitioners.


Why is it necessary to have a Code of Ethics and/or Code of Practice?

Guidelines are necessary to ensure that all practitioners maintain a standard of behaviour that is in keeping with professional status.


What is the difference between Council, Professional Boards and Associations/Societies?

Council serves to govern the professions in their entirety, whilst the function of the Professional Boards is to serve as advisory bodies to Council. Professional organisations such as Associations/Societies are private entities that administer their own affairs and serve individual private members. The pathway of responsibility/accountability is therefore as follows: Organisations are accountable to Members; Professional Boards are accountable to Council, Council is accountable to the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Health is accountable to the Public. In simplistic terms this could be translated to being seen as Council and Boards protecting the Public from practitioners, whilst Organisations could be seen to protect members /practitioners from other sources. Liaison between Council and professional organisations is encouraged, as organisations serve an important role in keeping their members informed of their professional and statutory responsibilities.


Do I have to belong to an Association and/or Society?

Membership to any Association/Society is voluntary.


If I registered with my Society/Association why must I pay more registration fees?

Membership to an Association/Society is in addition to, not in place of registration with the Council, since the functions of each are different.


Are there any benefits to belonging to an Association and/or Society?

Yes. The primary benefit of belonging to an Association/Society is knowing that there is a powerful, collective and unified voice of a recognised professional association advising, monitoring and negotiating with all parties to ensure that the best interests of its members are considered. Organisations can effectively market and positively promote the professions.


Now that I am registered do I have to register as a taxpayer?

Yes. All persons gainfully employed are required by law to be registered taxpayers.


As a registered practitioner can I practice non-registered professions?

No.


Can I employ, or be employed by, a non-registered professional?

No.


Must I have Professional Indemnity / Malpractice Insurance?

Yes. According to the Act, registered practitioners MUST have Indemnity Insurance.


Must I have Public Liability Insurance?

Yes. All practitioners are required to have public Liability Insurance for their practice.


Do all Council-registered practitioners have practice numbers?

Yes.


Does a practice number guarantee reimbursement from medical insurance schemes?

No. A practice number is independent to insured payment for services rendered. It is vitally important that practitioners and patients appreciate that each medical insurance scheme has its own individual policies that decide on reimbursements for services – irrespective of practice numbers. Medical schemes, as private enterprises, have full right to set their own rules and regulations relative to any reimbursements.


Who sets and approves tariffs for services rendered?

Professional Boards and the Professional Associations, makes recommendation about fees for service.


Are the numbers issued by Council to registered practitioners considered "practice numbers"?

No. These numbers are Council registration numbers only – not practice numbers. They may therefore not be used to imply the latter.





Contact Us
The Executive Director
Allied Health Council
National Mental Health & Wellness Centre,
2nd Floor Neurological Dept.,
Millennium Highway,
Castries, St.Lucia, W.I

Conway Post Office,
Conway Business Centre,
Waterfront,
Castries, St.Lucia.W.I
Tel:(758)458-2102
Email:info@alliedhealthcouncilslu.org
or ahpcstlucia@gmail.com

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