HCPC to reconsider fee increase in light of strong opposition


In response to 'the strength of feelings and the arguments' put forward by registrants, the HCPC has decided to reconsider its proposal to increase fees by 18%. The HCPC announced late last year that it was planning to increase its fees by 18% from October 2019, an increase that would have meant that fees had risen by 40% since 2014. This would have massively outstripped inflation and had a hugely negative impact on many healthcare workers who have seen their wages stagnate over the same period. BIOS joined with other AHP professional bodies and trade unions in opposing this unfair [...]

HCPC to reconsider fee increase in light of strong opposition2019-10-25T10:53:36+01:00

Opposing the HCPC Fees Increase


We were extremely disappointed to hear on Thursday that the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) had approved an 18% increase in registration fees from October 2019. This would mean that fees will have risen by 40% since 2014, outstripping both inflation and the pay of health and care staff. This is in spite of widespread opposition to the fee increase from across the 15 health and care professions set to be affected. BIOS joined a wide range of professional bodies, unions and individual professionals to voice their opposition in the recent consultation. Indeed 90% of those that responded opposed [...]

Opposing the HCPC Fees Increase2019-03-13T17:21:12+00:00

HCPC appoints new Chair of Council


The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is delighted to announce the appointment of Christine Elliott as its Chair. Currently, Christine is the Senior Independent Director on the College of Policing Board, where she has chaired the Regulatory Consultative Group and Audit and Risk Committees. She is an independent member of the Editors' Code of Practice Committee and Chair of Borough Market. In her career, Christine has held a number of Chief Executive roles, including Bletchley Park, where she led the regeneration of the Second World War code breaking site, turning it into an internationally renowned and award winning museum. She [...]

HCPC appoints new Chair of Council2019-02-05T09:29:20+00:00

BIOS opposes proposed HCPC fees increase


BIOS strongly opposes the 18% increase in registration fees proposed by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) from 2019. In our response to the HCPC consultation on these changes, we argue that they have failed to provide a clear justification for why the increase is necessary and would encourage them to explore other ways of producing efficiency savings or streamlining their processes before committing to a substantial rise. First announced in September, the proposals would see the standard renewal fee for our members rise from £90 to £106. Combined with similar rises in 2013 and 2015, this would amount to [...]

BIOS opposes proposed HCPC fees increase2019-02-13T09:05:27+00:00

The Health and Care Professions Council Protecting the public


The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is a regulator of health and care professionals and our aim is to protect the public. To do this, we keep a register of health, psychological and social work professionals who meet our standards for their training, professional skills, behaviour and health. Orthoptists please see the attached advert from the HCPC.  Click here to view.

The Health and Care Professions Council Protecting the public2019-02-13T09:06:25+00:00

HCPC fees consultation


HCPC fees consultation HCPC are consulting on the fees to be charged in connection with registration and renewal.  The main renewal fee will rise from £90 to £106 annually with similar increases in other fees. This takes place in the context of changes to fitness to practice, need to invest and reduction in  numbers registered by the HCPC (due to social workers moving to a new register). The consultation can be read http://www.hpc-uk.org/assets/documents/100058C0ConsultationonHCPCregistrationfees.pdf Email your comments to bios@orthoptics.org.uk by 23 November or respond directly to the HCPC. The consultation questions Q1 Do you agree that the HCPC should invest in preventing fitness to practise [...]

HCPC fees consultation2019-01-21T14:58:48+00:00