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HCPC reduces planned fee increase

06 March 2020

We welcome the news that the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is proposing to halve a planned increase in fees for practitioner psychologists following pressure from a joint campaign led by the society involving nine trade unions, professional bodies and health and care organisations.

In a 2018 consultation the HCPC proposed to increase the annual registration fee from £90 to £106 – an increase of 18 per cent.

The HCPC is the regulator of 16 different health and care professions, including practitioner psychologists.

They also proposed removing the 50 per cent discount that graduate applicants receive in their first two years of professional registration.

The society led a joint response robustly opposing this increase as unfair at a time when most practitioner psychologists have seen little or no increase in their own incomes.

We also challenged the proposal to remove the graduate discount at a time when the NHS is under pressure and struggling to attract and retain staff.

Sarb Bajwa, chief executive of the society, said:

“It’s reassuring that the HCPC listened to our concerns about the massive fee hike and retained the graduate discount.

However, it still disappointing to raise fees at all when so many of our members pay has stagnated over the last few years.

Considering the acknowledged need to significantly expand the psychological workforce to deliver the NHS Long Term Plan it’s vital to keep the profession attractive to potential recruits and long-term staff.”

A final proposal will be discussed by the HCPC’s council at a meeting on 25 March 2020, and, subject to the necessary government approvals, the new fee may take effect from 1 September 2020.

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