latest health care news

30.03.15

HCPC proposes another fee increase, to £90

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) wants to increase the renewal fee from £80 to £90 per year from 1 August 2015, with similar rises in its other fees. 

The rise will affect 330,000 professionals regulated by the HCPC in England: arts therapists; biomedical scientists; chiropodists / podiatrists; clinical scientists; dietitians; hearing aid dispensers; occupational therapists; operating department practitioners; orthoptists; paramedics; physiotherapists; practitioner psychologists; prosthetists / orthotists; radiographers; social workers in England; and speech and language therapists. 

The rise follows the government’s decision that the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) will no longer be taxpayer funded and will instead be paid for by the eight regulators it oversees. But the fees charged will be calculated by registrant numbers – a decision the HCPC disagreed with because of its “disproportionate impact”, since it has the most registrants but the lowest fees:

 table 1

The HCPC said: “Our forecasts show that without the proposed increase to our fees, the PSA fee and other cost pressures…would push us to deficits of nearly £2m in both 2015-16 and 2016-17, which would be unsustainable.” 

Announcing a consultation on the rise, Marc Seale, HCPC’s chief executive and registrar said: “We are very aware that our costs are funded entirely from the fees our registrants pay. We do our utmost to ensure we operate our processes as efficiently as possible. 

“However, we anticipate that the PSA funding will initially amount to approximately £1m per annum based on current registration numbers. We are disappointed by the decision because we believe it has a disproportionate impact on our registrants and the fees they pay.” 

He added that the consultation sets out where the registrants’ fees are spent and why the increases are needed.  

“We are and will remain the lowest fee of all independent UK health and care regulators,” said Seale. 

The fees are tax deductible. The last increase was on 1 April 2014, when the HCPC its registration fee rose from £76 to £80. 

The latest fee increase consultation will run until 6 May 2015. To find out more about the proposed fees consultation and to take part, click here

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@nationalhealthexecutive.com 

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

national health executive tv

more videos >

featured articles

View all News

last word

Haseeb Ahmad: ‘We all have a role to play in getting innovations quicker’

Haseeb Ahmad: ‘We all have a role to play in getting innovations quicker’

Haseeb Ahmad, president of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), sits down with National Health Executive as part of our Last Word Q&A series. Would you talk us throu more > more last word articles >

health service focus

View all News

comment

NHS England dementia director prescribes rugby for mental health and dementia patients

23/09/2019NHS England dementia director prescribes rugby for mental health and dementia patients

Reason to celebrate as NHS says watching rugby can be good for your mental ... more >
Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Bei... more >

interviews

Matt Hancock says GP recruitment is on the rise to support ‘bedrock of the NHS’

24/10/2019Matt Hancock says GP recruitment is on the rise to support ‘bedrock of the NHS’

Today, speaking at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) annual... more >

the scalpel's daily blog

Calling the NHS a ‘Covid-only service’ is untrue, unfair and potentially dangerous

12/08/2020Calling the NHS a ‘Covid-only service’ is untrue, unfair and potentially dangerous

Chris Hopson, Chief Executive, NHS Providers Last week the NHS was widely described as providing a ‘Covid-19 only’ service for much of the last few months. Fr... more >
read more blog posts from 'the scalpel' >