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HCPC launches fees consultation

10/07/2013 - 9:00

Fees consultation launched

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has today launched a three month consultation on proposals to increase its registration fees in 2014.

In the consultation, the Council is proposing an increase in the renewal fee from £76 to £80 per year.  This increase is significantly lower than the rate of inflation over the four years since the last increase in 2009. The Council is also proposing a similar level of increases to the other fees it charges.

As an independent regulator, the HCPC is self-financing and its operating costs are funded by registrant fees entirely. We do not receive regular funding from the Government, the only occasion we have done so is to cover the costs associated with bringing a new profession onto the Register.

The proposed increase will allow the HCPC to manage the yearly increases in its costs in an incremental way and prevent substantial unexpected increases in its fees.  This is consistent with feedback from stakeholders in previous consultations and represents good financial management.  It also ensures we have sufficient funds to continue to function as an effective and efficient regulator, maintaining and improving our regulatory processes. 

Marc Seale, Chief Executive and Registrar commented;
“We are very aware that our operating costs are funded entirely from the fees our registrants pay. We do our utmost to ensure we operate our processes as efficiently as possible.  However, it is important that we set our fees at a realistic level in order to continue to provide an efficient service to our registrants and deliver our primary function of protecting the public. 

“The consultation sets out where the registrants’ fees are spent and why the increases are needed.  It also highlights how these increases compare to our existing fees, provides information on our financial performance and shows how the proposed increase compares with other regulators. We are and will remain the lowest fee of all independent UK health and social care regulators”
The consultation will run from 10 July until 1 October 2013.  If the proposals are adopted the changes to the fees would be effective from 1 April 2014. Existing registrants would pay the new renewal fee when their profession next renews its registration.

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Notes to Editors:

1. All media enquiries to Ebony Gayle on 020 7840 9784 or email ebony.gayle@hcpc-uk.org.

2. You can respond to this consultation in the following ways:

www.hcpc-uk.org/aboutus/consultations/index.asp?id=160
www.hpc-uk.org/registrants/fees/consultation/
By emailing us at:  consultation@hcpc-uk.org
By writing to us at the following address:
Consultation on fees
Health and Care Professions Council
Park House
184 Kennington Park Road
London
SE11 4BU
Fax: 020 7820 9684

3. If you would prefer your response not to be made public, please indicate this when you respond. We will publish on our website a summary of the responses we receive, and the decisions we have taken as a result. 

4. The full documents are available on-line and a copy can be downloaded from the HCPC website: www.hcpc-uk.org/aboutus/consultations/

5. The Health and Care Professions Council is an independent regulator set up by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001. The HCPC keeps a register for 16 different health and care professions and only registers people who meet the standards it sets for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. The HCPC will take action against professionals who do not meet these standards or who use a protected title illegally.

6. The HCPC currently regulates the following 16 professions. Each of these professions has one or more ‘protected titles’. Anyone who uses one of these titles must register with the HCPC. To see the full list of protected titles please see www.hcpc-uk.org/aboutregistration/protectedtitles
Arts therapists
Biomedical scientists
Chiropodists / podiatrists
Clinical scientists
Dietitians
Hearing aid dispensers
Occupational therapists
Operating department practitioners
Orthoptists
Paramedics
Physiotherapists
Practitioner psychologists
Prosthetists / orthotists
Radiographers
Social workers in England
Speech and language therapists

Amy Morgan
+44 0(20) 7840 9137




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