OT registration fees to rise
HCPC announces that it has to increase fees to ensure financial sustainability
Published on 15th February 2019
Registration fees for the Health and Care Professions Council are set to rise, it has been confirmed.
The HCPC has announced that at its recent meeting, it has "reluctantly" agreed to proposals to increase the registration renewal fee by £16 from £90 to £106 per year.
Marc Seale, HCPC Chief Executive and Registrar, said: “We are very sensitive to the concerns of respondents and recognise the strength of views expressed. We are also very aware of the economic context in which our registrants and the HCPC operate. We have, therefore, identified cost reductions and income generation opportunities to minimise the impact of these increases.
"However, as a self-financing regulator we do not receive any ongoing funding from other sources. Whilst our Council has agreed to these increases, we continue to have the lowest fee of all the independent UK health and care regulators," he added.
The Council also agreed proposed increases to other registration fees. In reaching its decision, Council committed to continuing to identify cost savings wherever possible and to explore further income generation opportunities.
The decision followed an in-depth analysis of the responses to the consultation. The HCPC said that it acknowledged that the majority of respondents disagreed with proposals to increase the renewal fee and explored the concerns of many organisations and the individual registrants who responded.
However, Council agreed that it was imperative to safeguard HCPC’s financial sustainability, to ensure that it can continue to fulfil its statutory role to protect the public and its commitment to meet the expectation of stakeholders.
A detailed analysis of the HCPC's income and expenditure, including an assessment of the impact of inflation on the current and future costs, identified savings in our operations, including payroll and non-payroll cost reductions, as well as income generation opportunities.
Yet even with these initiatives, the regulator's financial forecasts showed that it would be financially unsustainable without the proposed increases in our fees.
Marc Seale concluded: "This decision means we can continue to invest in our regulatory performance, specifically our efforts to reduce the length of time fitness to practise investigations take and develop our registration services to meet modern-day expectations. It also enables us to meet the Council’s commitment to move away from the existing reactive model of regulation, to one where we proactively help to prevent problems arising in registrants’ professional practice, reducing the burden and stress for all involved in the process."
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