05 November 2018
The regulator for practitioner psychologists, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), is proposing an 18 per cent increase in its registration fees for next year; a move which will be robustly challenged by the BPS.
In a consultation launched recently, HCPC is proposing to increase the annual registration fee from £90 to £106. HCPC currently regulates 16 different health and care professions, including more than 23,000 practitioner psychologists.
The HCPC consultation on the proposed fee rise outlines why the regulator believes that an increase is justified stating that it is needed in order to invest in areas such as promoting professionalism and preventing fitness to practise issues. HCPC also highlights the impact on their income when social workers in England leave the HCPC register to transfer to a new regulator in 2019.
The consultation closes on 14 December and the BPS will be responding fully to the proposals, highlighting the disproportionate increase in fees of 18 per cent at a time when most practitioner psychologists have seen little or no increase in their own incomes.
Chief Executive of the BPS, Sarb Bajwa, said:
“We will be robustly challenging the proposals set out in the HCPC’s consultation as we believe the increases are disproportionate, being more than six times the current rate of inflation.
While we understand and support the need for regulators to invest in prevention, we are not convinced that such a steep increase in fees is justified.
As a member-led organisation, we need to hear your views to ensure we are fully representing your opinions to HCPC. I would also encourage every member affected to also respond to the HCPC consultation individually.”