15 / 7 / 2013 9.13am
On 10 July 2013, the HCPC opened a consultation seeking stakeholder views in relation to proposals to increase the registration fees they charge. If the proposals are agreed the increase in charges would come into effect from 1 April 2014.
The proposals which will effect England, include:
- a 5.3 per cent increase on annual registration fees for registrants, which means that renewal fees will go up from £76 to £80 per year. E
xisting registrants would pay the new renewal fee the next time that that renew their registration after 1 April 2014
- an increase in the scrutiny fee charged to applicants who have successfully completed an approved programme from £53 to £56. This does not effect the current arrangements for applicants to receive a 50 per cent discount on the cost of registration for the two years of professional registration, as long as they apply within two years of gaining their approved qualification.
This would increase from £38 to £40 per year
an increase of readmission fees from £191 to £200 (inclusive of the first year's registration fee). Registrants who apply to come back on the Register within one month of coming off (i.e. where their registration has been allowed to elapse) will not have to pay the readmission fee
an increase in the restoration fees from £191 to £200 (including the first year's registration fee). Restoration fees apply to those who are struck off the Register following a fitness to practise decision being made. After a five year period has elapsed following a decision to remove an individual from the Register, they can apply to the panel to have their registration reconsidered
an increase in the International and EEA scrutiny fee from £420 to £440 (exclusive of the registration fee which will be £80 per year). Scrutiny fees are charged to those applicants who have qualified outside of the UK, including those who have EEA mutual recognition rights. The fee includes assessment of the individual's education, training and experience to ensure that it meets the HCPC's standards for safe and effective practice
- an increase in the grand parenting scrutiny fee from £420 to £440 (exclusive of the registration fee which would be £80). This fee applies to individuals who do not hold a qualification approved by the HCPC but who still meet the criteria for registration. This is a transitional route open for a time limited period only i.e. when a profession first becomes statutorily regulated. This route to registration is closed to all existing regulated professions.
The HCPC currently regulate the following 16 professions
- Arts therapists
- Biomedical scientists
- Chiropodists / podiatrists
- Clinical scientists
- Hearing aid dispensers
- Occupational therapists
- Operating department practitioners
- Practitioner psychologists
- Prosthetists / orthotists
- Social workers in England
- Speech and language therapists
Have you say
The HCPC would be interested to hear employers views - do you agree with the proposed increases or do you have any comments or concerns about the impact this may have?
A copy of the consultation document and further details on how to respond can be found on the HCPC's website.
The consultation will close on 1 October 2013.