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HCPC launches consultation on HCPC registration fees

27/03/2015 - 11:44

HCPC launches consultation on HCPC registration fees

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has today launched a consultation on proposals to increase its registration fees in 2015.

In the consultation, the Council is proposing an increase in the renewal fee from £80 to £90 per year with effect from 1 August 2015. The Council is also proposing a similar level of increases to the other fees it charges.

This increase has been instigated following the Government’s decision that the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) will be funded by the regulators’ it oversees and the fees charged will be calculated by registrant numbers.  We are compelled to review our fee levels in order to be able to fund this substantial increase to our costs.

The remainder of the increase is needed to ensure that we continue to perform as an effective and efficient regulator through investment in IT systems, introducing dedicated quality control systems and managing fitness to practise processes.

As an independent regulator we are self-financing with our operating costs funded entirely by the professionals on our Register.  We do not receive any regular funding from the Government and we do not hold large reserves. The proposed renewal fee would still be the lowest of all the regulators overseen by the PSA and around a third less than the next highest fee.

Marc Seale, HCPC’s Chief Executive and Registrar said:

“We are very aware that our 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 we anticipate that the PSA funding will initially amount to approximately £1 million per annum based on current registration numbers. We are disappointed by the decision because we believe it has a disproportionate impact on our registrants and the fees they pay.

“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 care regulators.”

The consultation will run from 27 March until 6 May 2015. HCPC would normally consult for 12 weeks but are consulting for a shorter period due to the timetable for the PSA levy which is due on 1 August.

If the proposals are adopted the changes to the fees would be effective from 1 August 2015. Existing registrants would pay the new renewal fee when their profession next renews its registration.

For further press information and case studies about the campaign please contact Grant Imlach or Rebekah Tailor in HCPC’s press office on 020 7840 9806 or email press@hcpc-uk.org

Notes to editors

1. To find out more about the proposed fees consultation and to take part visit http://www.hcpc-uk.org/aboutus/consultations/

2. 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.

3. 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

4. The HCPC regulates social workers in England. Social workers in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are separately regulated by the relevant Care Council in that country.

5. To contact us via social media, use the Twitter handle @The_HCPC or search The Health and Care Professions Council on Facebook or LinkedIn.

 

Rebekah Tailor
(0)20 7840 9806




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