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HCPC launches consultation on changes to registration fees

HCPC launches consultation on changes to registration fees

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has launched a consultation on proposals to increase the registration fees it charges.

In the consultation, the HCPC is proposing an increase in the renewal fee from £90 to £106 per year, with a similar level of increases to the other fees it charges. 

It is planned that the increases will support the HCPC’s new strategic focus of promoting professionalism and preventing fitness to practise issues from arising. It also needs to continue to invest in the services it offers to registrants. The consultation takes place in the context of keeping pace with the cost of inflation and the impact on its operations and income when social workers in England transfer to Social Work England in 2019.

As an independent regulator, the HCPC is self-financing, with its operating costs funded entirely by the professionals on its Register. Marc Seale, HCPC’s Chief Executive and Registrar said:

‘The revenue we generate from our registrant fees will ensure we can significantly increase our efforts towards preventing problems rather than taking action afterwards. It will also enable us to provide up to date services through the use innovation and technology. 

‘The consultation sets out where the registrants’ fees are spent and why the increases are needed. It highlights how these increases compare to our existing fees and provides information on our financial performance, including the efficiencies we have already made. It also shows how the proposed increases compare with other regulators. If adopted, we would continue to have the lowest renewal fee of all the health and care regulators overseen by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).’

The consultation will close on Friday 14 December 2018.

If the proposals are adopted the changes would be effective from 1 October 2019. Existing registrants would pay the new renewal fee when their profession next renews its registration.

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