04 / 12 / 2013 2.58pm
The decision for the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to increase registration fees follows a stakeholder consultation in July 2013.
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. Existing registrants would pay the new renewal fee the next time that they 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.
Profession renewal dates:
Existing registrants will need to pay the new renewal fee from their next renewal date after 1 April 2014. Renewal dates for each profession are outlined below:
- Dietitians - April 2014
- Hearing aid dispensers - May 2014
- Chiropodists / podiatrists - May 2014
- Social workers in England - September 2014
- Operating department practitioners - September 2014
- Practitioner psychologists - March 2015
- Orthoptists - June 2015
- Paramedics - June 2015
- Clinical scientists - July 2015
- Prosthetists / Orthotists - July 2015
- Speech and language therapists - July 2015
- Occupational therapists - August 2015
- Biomedical scientists - September 2015
- Radiographers - December 2015
- Physiotherapists - February 2016
- Arts therapists - March 2016
Employers are recommended to inform staff of these changes and signpost them to further information on the HCPC website.
A full summary of the responses from the consultation is available on the HCPC website.