11/12/2009 - 09:50
Practitioner psychologists have successfully renewed their statutory registration with the Health Professions Council (HPC), with 92.8% renewing by the deadline of 30 November 2009. This is great news for the profession and we are very appreciative of all the joint work that has been done to communicate the importance of renewing on time.
In July 2009 the HPC opened its Register to practitioner psychologists for the first time. In August the HPC sent out registration renewal forms to 15,526 practitioner psychologists – those who transferred from the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP) on to the HPC Register. Of these, 92.8% successfully renewed with only 1,441 of these lapsing off the HPC Register. This is the highest initial registration renewal rate compared to other professions that renewed for the first time in 2003-04: physiotherapists at 90.9%, biomedical scientists at 91.7%, chiropodists / podiatrists at 92.5% and operating department practitioners at 89.6%.
We were pleased to see that the many registrants followed our advice and sent in their renewal forms early. Sending renewal forms in early is beneficial because it allows us time to resolve any issues well before the deadline.
We continue to work hard to improve many of our internal processes and systems and we want to continue to do all that we can to ensure the number of individuals staying registered increases further with each registration cycle. We have done a lot of recent work to increase renewal rates for other professions which has led to excellent results such as 97.4% of paramedics, 97.2% of clinical scientists and 96% of speech and language therapists renewing their registration in time. We hope that we can achieve similar great results for practitioner psychologists the next time they are invited to renew in March 2011.
The HPC worked closely with a number of stakeholders to remind registrants about the importance of renewing their registration. We distributed letters, sent emails, information and posters via the British Psychological Society (BPS) www.bps.org.uk, the Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP) www.aep.org.uk, the National Association of Principal Educational Psychologists (NAPEP), the Association of Scottish Principal Educational Psychologists (ASPEP) and other psychology networks. We sent letters and posters to employers and service managers and we promoted renewal dates and information about renewals on websites, magazines / journals and newsletters including HPC In Focus. This collaborative working has made a real difference and prevented many practitioner psychologists from lapsing off the HPC Register unnecessarily.
We would like to say a big thank you to the professional bodies and associations, psychology networks, employers, service managers and trade union representatives that helped us in this work.
To check the status of your registration please visit www.hpcheck.org
If you are a practitioner psychologist and you have lapsed off the HPC Register please visit the website to find out more about the readmission process www.hpc-uk.org/apply/readmission